Gould Sponsored Athlete Alice Hector summarises 2016

Alice talks us through the highs and lows of what turned out to be a very successful year on the professional triathlon circuit.

It’s been a good year. The highlights have been winning my first Ironman 70.3 event in Germany in September, winning the Volcanoman triathlon in Lanzarote and Israman in January. Most recently, the trip to Bahrain Middle Eastern Championship 70.3 was a great experience - finishing 7th in a World class field - within striking distance of some of the biggest names in the sport (and beating a few big names too) off the back of a short block of no frills (and often very cold) winter training. Most races bring with them a $15,000-$25,000 prize purse. Bahrain had $100,000, so you can see why the standard shot up. But I was well into the top 10’s pay cheques, which was the main goal.

Bit by bit, we get ever closer to the top of the game!

With racing, it is never an entirely smooth ride (that’s what makes it exciting) so there have been some races where costly mistakes have been made. My favoured race format, the 70.3 distance, takes in a 1.9km swim, a 90km bike and a half marathon run, and the pro women are out there for up to 4.5 hours. Get something wrong, like not eating/drinking enough or going too hard too soon, and you can only look on in the latter stages as your body slowly shuts down! With mistakes however, come valuable lessons, and I leave 2016 a much more experienced and knowledgeable athlete.

The 2017 summer season will be really exciting. Amongst other races, I have my sights set firmly on the European championships in June followed by the World Championships in September. I am having a bit of a break now as it’s important to recharge. I am enjoying relaxing the diet a bit and already looking forward to getting going again! Thank you so much to Gould for their continued support. Without the help of key sponsors, I would simply not be able to train and rest at the level needed to compete with the best.