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Celebrating women in Triathlon: Kirsty Myles


For the next instalment in our series of posts on female triathletes, we spoke with Kirsty Myles. Kirsty is an ex-GB rower, current GB AG triathlete, and a part of Artemis Tri; a team that's aiming to promote athletic success and excellence for women in sport.

1. Why triathlon?

Rowing out too much stress through my back so triathlon was the perfect sports switch for my endurance body. I can do three disciplines equally and the little niggles that may appear can be avoided by backing off one element and smashing another! 

2. Who (or what) inspires you the most?

Ask me this 5 years ago and I'd say Chris Hoy hands down (he went to my school and his sporting success and general nice guy approach is awesome!) Now, the Artemis Tri girls are amazing! Their support (and competitiveness) is inspiring and I love being at events knowing they've got my back and I've got theirs. Also a very good friend Nikki Bartlett who is now a pro triathlete having rowed then progressed through Age Group 70.3 distance. We chat pretty much every day and her motivation has got me up off the sofa or out of bed a number of times. Not to mention entering races that I would never have entered including my first 70.3 ironman this weekend are down to me listening to her! 

3. What would you number 1 piece of advice be to a beginner triathlete? 

Surround yourself with people to exercise with and don't take it too seriously! 

4. What’s been your proudest sporting moment to date? 

I have two and they are both rowing related; Winning Silver at the European Championships in the woman's 8 behind the Russia Olympic gold winning boat. 

Finishing 6th at GB trials in 2011, sitting on the start line with what became 3 Gold winning girls was incredible. All I could do was smile! 

5. How would you seek to inspire more women to take on a triathlon? 

Our Triathlon team, Artemis Tri aims to promote girls in sport and show that as working professionals you can still work and play almost equally as hard! (Although that life balance is really tough!) 

We want to show how being part of a team can help push each other to achieve bigger and better things but also have the support when things don't go as you'd like them to.

It would be great to see more women competing in triathlon… overtaking hundreds of men on the bike leg really is the best feeling in the world (especially when they have an aero helmet and fancy bike!) So get out there girls and show them how it's done!

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