From short-course wins to Olympic qualification heartbreak and instant Ironman success, Aussie racer Liz Blatchford has experienced a long and colourful triathlon career.
We caught up with the Cheshire-born 34-year-old at a BMC Etixx pro team camp to discuss racing ITU for GB, her Ironman world championship podiums and what essential advice she has for age-groupers making the jump to long-course racing…
220: UK readership will know you from your ITU days racing for Great Britain. How do you look back on those days?
Blatchford: I see my ITU years as my formative years. I attribute my quick long-course success to what I did in my 11 years of ITU racing; that’s a lot of training in the bag. I did a lot of high volume training when I was coached by Brett Sutton, so that made the transition easier when I turned to long-course. I enjoyed my time in ITU. I tried and failed to qualify for the Olympics three times – yep three times! – but I’ve no regrets. I still do believe tri is an individual sport and shouldn’t be for domestiques, though.
Was Ironman always a long-term goal and why did your body adapt so […]