Up Close, and Personal
To me, sport stands for
A chance to express yourself, test your limits, have an adventure, and make friendships that last a lifetime.
On a typical training day,
I do: Running, cycling, some strength work, and whatever activity it takes to settle my energy—sitting still is something I struggle with.
I eat: As many fruits, vegetables and plant foods as I want.
I wear: I train in hot and humid conditions, so anything light and breathable. On my feet, Hoka One One Speedgoat 2.
I listen to: I’m a drummer, so anything with a good beat.
My idea of an effective training session is
Going into the session with a clear goal, while listening to how the body is responding at any given moment and having the confidence to adapt if needed.
The moment when I discovered my athletic potential was
Joining my school’s lunchtime running club, running too far ahead, getting lost and missing my afternoon classes—I just wanted to run all day.
The three biggest lessons I have learnt so far in my athletic career
1. To respect the body.
2. To have patience.
3. To make sure I enjoy every step of the training process.
Before a big race, I tell myself
Calm down, don’t think too much, just run and embrace every second.
The toughest race of my life was
The North Face 100 Thailand: the course itself is not technical or challenging, but the scorching sun and high temperatures made for the toughest conditions I’ve ever raced in.
The most memorable moment of my sporting career so far
My first ultra race, Thailand Ultramarathon. There were moments in the race where I doubted whether ultra racing was for me, but in the last hour my mindset had completely flipped and I didn’t want the race to end. As soon as I finished, I was planning my next race.
My training sanctuary is
Steep mountain trails with good views and good friends.
My dream starting line is
This is a tough question; I’d say that every race I choose to run is special to me in it’s own way.
I nourish my soul with
Daily adventures, coaching others to succeed in their goals, eating and living compassionately, and surrounding myself with people I love.
Unived helps me by
Staying energised, healthy and balanced throughout my training and racing.
I have chosen to associate with Unived because…
As well as health, well being and optimum athletic performance, Unived are focused on promoting veganism and compassionate living. Veganism is a big part of my my life and it is extremely important to me that the companies I support and the products I use are in line with my principles.
In 2019, I am setting my sights on
August 30: UTMB Mont-Blanc 100 mile (Chamonix, France. UTWT)