Diane’s interest in Triathlon didn’t start until her early 40’s following a resume of numerous marathons and being interested in sport at school. During her time at school Matravers Comprehensive School Diane competed in cross country and was always interested in sports, including her after school activity of horse riding whilst growing up.
Although Diane’s interest in triathlon didn’t start until her 40’s she was always keen on running and taking part in marathons since her 30’s. Her first marathon was London where Diane secured a Golden Bond entry and raised money for The Guide Dogs for the Blind, raising £3,500 in sponsorship. Diane has since taken part in 14 London marathons and has joined local teams including Avon Valley Triathletes, Avon Valley Runners, Westbury Wheelers, Warminster Swimming Club and DBMax Swimming Club.
In her early 40s Diane began competing in Triathlons, originating in 1974 which consisted of swim, bike and run. She says “It’s a great sport, lots of fun, and has become very fashionable”. Diane prefers the longer distances, Ironman distance is 3.8k swim, 180km bike, 42km run. Diane has reached World Championship level twice before, racing Ironman 70.3 in Clearwater, America and xterra in Maui, Hawaii.
Diane has been working with a coach, Paul Ryman, for a few years throughout her training. Being 55, Diane has experienced signed of menopause for quite a few years ‘’I try my best with recovery and nutrition, I train smart with Paul’s help and rest up when it’s possible.’’ Diane goes by her own knowledge and experience of what works for herself and what she needs to improve on.
Diane is currently training for the Kona triathlon championship in October 2017 which she has dreamt about since first starting out. She was qualified for the championships after taking part in the Ironman in Weymouth in September 2016.