Olivia Mathias

What have you been up to in the last three months? Olivia Mathias (1)

I have had a very busy last few months. It started off with me missing the British Duathlon Championships due to illness but, I had to make the decision not to race as I was going on an England camp in April which was going to involve some time trials for selection for the qualification race to the Youth Olympic Games in China in the summer.

My swim time trial did not go to plan as half way through my 800 m swim time trial my hat fell off so my swim was below my personal best, but I had to pick myself up and get ready for the 5k run, which I  had a great run and came 4th.  The selectors were going to let us know in a couple of days but it took longer to let us know, it was when I was in Italy on a training camp with the Italian talent squad that I found out I had been selected.

I was going to Holland to represent Great Britain for the first time.  My race in Holland went well especially as I was one of the youngest competitors I came 29th out of 65 people racing.  But no sooner had I got back and I was off up to Hetton to take part in the qualification race for the Youth European Relays in Russia.  My race was exciting but my swim was difficult as a fellow competitor was holding me back in the swim which meant I had to work hard on the bike to get to the front pack.  I got in to T2 2nd and out of the run, holding on for as long as I could and managing to qualify in 3rd place.  This meant I was off to Russian in the Youth European Relays.  This race took place two weeks ago and I am proud to say that team GB which included myself won GOLD.  This was amazing and felt so proud when we stood on the podium and heard the national anthem.

What’s coming up?

I am now into a six week block of training as I have two important races in August, the first being in Liverpool on the 9th which is the British Triathlon Championships.  I am training hard for this race as I am hoping to get a top three position which will give me some good points for me to finish in the top 5 in the British Super Series.

I then go on holiday for a week and then straight back into my final triathlon race of the season which will be on home turf, this is at Holme Pierpoint in Nottingham.  I am looking forward to this race as I will be able to race with my family cheering me on.

Any other information relating to LEAP?

I would like to thank LEAP for my first payment as this has gone towards some equipment that I need in triathlon, as there are three disciplines it can become quite expensive.

What does a typical week look like for you?

A typical week for me at the moment looks like this; five to six sessions of swimming (9/10 hours approximately) and two to three run sessions and try to fit a couple of bike sessions in.

Upcoming aims?

My upcoming aims are to achieve podium and get as many points as possible to finish as high as possible in the British Triathlon Super Series.

What will your LEAP award support you with?

”My LEAP award will support me to achieve my goals in Triathlon.”