Alison Leavens

alison-leavens-profileI started competing in triathlons in 2004 at sprint distance and moving to olympic as a challenge. I’ve raced middle distance and in 2015 hope to be able to race my first Ironman. My favourite discipline was swimming, but probably now the bike as I’ve improved a lot.

I took up triathlon due to a persistent back pain that I incurred from rowing and so had to stop. When I moved north I did a spot of running and swimming, and I went to watch a friend at Chirk triathlon. I said to myself “I can do this”, and entered the Deva Divas that year. A year later I joined Chester Tri and have been enjoying the sport ever since.

My greatest achievement to date is my age group win at the British Age Group Championships in Liverpool in 2014. This is closely followed by winning the inaugural Peak District Triathlon at Chatsworth in 2015.

Outside of work and triathlon I also go bell ringing, when I have the time.  I joined TTT as part of a “mergers and acquisition” deal! I was already being coached by the fantastic Mr Riley and then he joined the coaching team of TTT.

The biggest benefit of being coached is being able to take my racing to the next level. Since having a structured training plan developed to suit my personal development and goals, my performance has improved significantly, culminating with age group wins in all my races in 2014. All this with no additional training hours proving that it’s structure and quality that count, not quantity. Moreover, the plan is constantly adapted to reflect my improved performance/injury and lifestyle. Good coaching is a partnership between coach and athlete, and for me this has worked extremely well.