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Lucy talks: 70.3 Staffordshire win
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Thursday 16th June 2016


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Lucy Gossage reflects on a second win at IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire

"I'm proud of how I got up and raced for win..."

Following a busy weekend of racing in the UK and around the world, I called up IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire winner Lucy Gossage (www.lucygossage.com) to get the inside track on her win on Sunday at Shugborough Hall.


Congratulations on another win Lucy, it sounds from what I've seen and read that it wasn't a straightforward race for you?

"I was really pleased to win after what was a pretty challenging race for me and it proved a good test of the psychology work I have been doing lately. It's an interesting situation because on paper, I should have won, but I had only been back running for two weeks and that meant I really had to race the run and run without fear. All of that really made it a much more rewarding experience."

I read about what sounded like an 'interesting' bike leg - what actually happened?

"My tribars dropped on the first speed-bump and so initially I was angry at myself for that because I had to stop. The first part of the bike course is quite tricky but having raced it last year, I knew I could ride aggressively during this part... but it turned out I did that a little too much! It was totally my fault, I just over-cooked a corner and came off!"

"I'm proud of how I got up and continued to race for the win though and didn't give up. I had to 'race' as well - Kim and Nikki are really strong, they are really on the up - there are just so many fast GB women around right now and that is exciting to see."

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You mentioned your recent return to running after injury - do you feel you are now over those issues and able to train?

"I think so. After Ironman South Africa I paid for a scan and he said that I needed to be in boot for six weeks and have an injection... but I did lots of research around it and decided that I wasn't confident in that approach. So, I took it really conservatively in getting back to running and fortunately have been able to use an Alter-G treadmill (thanks to Progress Physio in Cambridge). I'm convinced that the proposed approach wouldn't have been right, so I'm happy with my decision."

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What's next up, and plans for the rest of the year?

"I'm going to race Challenge Galway in a two weeks time, I figure make hay while the sun shines and get fit by racing. After that, I don't know. I want to do another Ironman before Kona, but I haven't decided where that might be yet."

You mentioned the impact of sports psychology - tell us a bit more about that?

"It's a friend of mine, Helen Davis ([email protected]). It's been so useful, I really wish I'd done it earlier! I really would have said previously that my head/mental strength was one of my best assets, but we have identified lots of things. I mean, I never give up, but I definitely only won because of my head and I raced the run, rather than perhaps settling for a lower position after the issue during the bike leg."

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You were also heading #TeamLucy at Staffordshire - how was that and the fund-raising aspect for the Teenage Cancer Trust?

"Yes, #TeamLucy were amazing! The Teenage Cancer Trust is such a great charity, they help young people not have to be on an adult cancer ward. Everything is addressed - it's not just about cancer / treatment, but how to get the life of a young person back on track, to meet other people in a similar situation to realise that they are not alone.

"We had ten athletes... though unfortunately one broke their wrist on the training day! Among those signed up I had two complete novices. One of those, Emma, her boyfriend had died of cancer and she absolutely loved the experience and now wants to do an Ironman [you can read more about Emma HERE]."

 

You can read Lucy's post-race blog HERE.


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