Melissa and Alice are ready for the World Champs
Cornwall's Melissa Reid and Alice Nicholas will be heading to New Zealand next week to represent Great Britain at the World Para-triathlon Champions on 22nd October, and World Aquathon Champs on 17th. Melissa speaks about her preparation for what will be the biggest race of her sporting career to date...
How has your training been going?
It's been going very well. I have not missed any sessions and have given my all to every single one. My coach has set out each session to suit my needs and has adapted them to my progress. I have achieved all my goals in my sessions and can see a real improvement.
How has training in Cornwall benefitted your preparation?
It is easy to cycle on the roads as there is much less traffic than you would find in a city. It has also been a huge advantage with the open water swimming too, as I have the best access to the sea you could want. The only down side to training in Cornwall is the hill, but this just makes you stronger.
Have you been involved with the 2012 Paralympics?
Being part of the Paralympic Inspiration Programme was a great experience, even more so when we were invited to go to London for the Paralympics. I was able to get the feeling for what it takes to be surrounded by the best athletes in the World and the pressure that surrounds the whole event. I was also able to experience what it is like to live in the athlete's village. It was a real confidence boost and really motivated me to be there next time round.
Who has been helping you in your build up to the New Zealand?
I have had much support in the last few months to aid my goal of going to the World Champs. Cycle Logic in Helston has put together my new race tandem. The carbon frame was donated by Matrix/Tank cycles. Steve then put all the running gear on it for me ready to race. Cycle Logic has also given me an adapted Dawes touring tandem that I have used this past year for training and racing. I would not be doing Para-triathlon if it wasn't for the kind generosity of this Cornish company and it's knowledgeable staff.
At Your Pace (a specialist running shop in Helston), sponsored me shoes and some training kit. They also approached a product representative at Saucony who offered to supply Alice and myself with training kit. This has been a huge help as both of us were I need of performance shoes and apparel.
Gyllyngvase Surf Life Saving + Triathlon Club have supported me the last year in my training and have funded my coach to be able to come out to the worlds with me, as he has dedicated coach to the club and myself. This has helped me financially as if it wasn't for them we would not have our coach/mechanic. The club has put on a number of fundraising events for Alice and myself. I am currently the Junior Coach at Gylly, raining athletes of the future.
What are you aiming for in New Zealand?
My aims are to perform to my best ability. I have given myself time goals for each individual discipline and if they are achieved I will be very happy. I hope to make everyone proud.
To wish Melissa good luck for the upcoming event, you can contact her on twitter: @reidmelissa