Alison Rose Quirie

Five years ago I recklessly decided to complete a full Ironman before I was 50, I was 49 at the time and know nothing at all about triathlon!! I had to learn to swim properly, run for a very long time and of course cycle a b... long way - I am still no cyclist!

Anyway after a failed attempt I did manage to complete the task. I then like many others got the triathlon bug - big style. 5 years later I have had the privilege of representing GB at the  Olympic World champs in London and European Middle distance 3 times coming 3rd then 2nd this year, I also raced the 70.3 World champs this year and finally won my first Ironman 70.3 in Lanzarote in Sept , I even won my first half marathon this month - you can't buy the feeling!!

Training for longer distance triathlon, due to my work commitments, by necessity means long hours training alone. This takes tremendous self discipline and often self motivation - it can be boring and demotivating  particularly in the dark winter days. This is where a good coach is absolutely invaluable. I have been coached for the last 4 years by two different coaches each with their own style and each who really kept me focused and helped me improve.
 
A good coach will get to know you as a person, understand and reality- check your ambitions as well as recognise the limitations life puts on us all, then adapt the programme around you. They will understand your performance and physical weaknesses and ensure the programme addresses these specifically to maximise your potential. They will keep you motivated when things go wrong, which they inevitably do and praise when things go right. They will analyse your individual race and training results to ensure we learn lessons from each one.
 
Hywel kindly agreed to take me on a few months ago( he may regret this rash decision!) and so far he has done all of the above, so who knows what next year will bring - no pressure Hywel!!
Latest Results
 
Dirt Run Half Marathon:  1st in AG
Holme Pierpoint Trail Race: 4th Vet