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Jodie Stimpson is coming off a consistent, and very successful 2013 season. She not only won the iconic World Triathlon Kitzbühel, but placed no lower than 5th in an ITU World Triathlon Series race last year, earning herself a podium spot for the overall World Triathlon Series. With the first race of her 2014 season this weekend at the New Plymouth World Cup, I caught up with the young British superstar, who is currently based in New Zealand training.
1) What are your goals for the 2014 season?
My main goal for the year is the Commonwealth Games. It is my first major championship and this year it is my main goal, but I would also still like to do well in the WTS series. I am working on a lot of things to try and make myself able to perform consistently throughout the year. So, there are a lot of mini goals throughout the year as well.
2) Tell us a little bit about your athletic background- How did you get started with triathlon?
My athletic background really consisted of my Dad teaching me to swim when I was 4 and growing up chasing my sister in the pool. Then I did my first triathlon, which my Uncle and Dad put me in, and I never really wanted to do anything else after that.
3) What is your favorite race?
Any race at home really, as the support I get is just fantastic from GB, my family and friends. They get to come and watch, which makes it even better- I suppose it has got to be London WTS race .
4) What companies will you be representing this year? Any new partnerships?
I have such a fantastic team around me and the main companies I am representing are Cervelo (simplyfaster), Powerbar (no better nutrition), TYR (my favorite product is FON wetsuit), and Zipp. I also have to thank Saucony, Oakley and Discipline Of Three.
5) When you aren’t training or racing, what do you enjoy doing?
I have been converted to series, and have just finished The Mentalist, which I HIGHLY recommend. When I am not watching series, eating, sleeping or training, I am on Skype or social media to communicate with family back home.
6) From your experiences, what advice could you give to triathletes?
I would say that triathlon is not just swim-bike-run, and thats the most important thing I have learned from my coach, Darren Smith. I used to just push, push, push in training and not really focus on what I was doing. It is okay to push, don’t get me wrong, but you can never really switch off thinking about what you are doing technically to make things better.
7) Anything else you would like to tell us?
Favorite Food: Chicken Caesar Salad, Banana Bread, Ice Cream
Favorite Place: No place like home, but I do like training in Canberra, Australia
Favorite Object: I couldn’t live without my laptop or phone