Helen is a Triathlete and Duathlete who is enjoying success as an age group athlete representing Great Britain. Since competing in her first triathlon in 2006 Helen has been very successful in multi-sport competitions, securing a number of victories and podium places in both, local, national and international Triathlons and Duathlons.
Helen takes us back to how she first got into running and cycling and why she decided to take it up again, later on in life. She explains how she became a World Champion in both the Duathlon and Triathlon for her age category. We discuss a wide variety of topics from coping with self doubt and how to break down large challenges into smaller more manageable chunks.
In the Tough Girl Podcast, we discuss the following:
What a duathlon is
Which is harder - duathlons or triathlons
Why coaching helped to propel her forward
Tips for balancing fitness & training with a full time job
The benefit of having a to do list
Coping with self doubt & coping with the pressure of having to deliver in a race situation.
Mental strength training - positive visualisation, positive words, recognising negative thoughts and how to deal with them, positive self affirmation, and self affirming statements
The use of music in warm ups & visualisation sessions
Tips for the start of an open water swim in a triathlon
One day Ahead Challenge - Cycling 2000 miles over 21 days, one day ahead of the professionals during the Tour de France
Dealing with injury
Breaking challenges down into smaller parts
How to choose the right saddle for you and reduce saddle soreness!
Why change is good for you!
Tips for cycling up those massive mountains
As always if you’ve enjoyed this episode please send a tweet to Helen @HelenGoth, I’m also on twitter @_TOUGH_GIRL. Helen also has her own website which you can check out at www.hrussell.co.uk . For the One Day Ahead Challenge, Helen was raising money for Cure Leukaemia. If you want to sponsor Helen for doing this fantastic challenge, you can find her just giving page here.
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