Our Tri Energy Community is based in Worcestershire and Wyre Forest but we have athletes spread all over the UK. For our second featured athlete we contacted Jess Archer-Clowes, who is based in Chester.
You’ll have seen Jess and her two sisters in their Tri Energy kit on our website as all 3 sisters took part in Chester Deva Divas in August last year. Jess has had a busy month, running a superb Half Marathon PB of 1:34 which she hopes to improve even further at the Bath Half next month.
What brought you to the world of Triathlons?
Sam introduced me to Triathlons after I went to support her in the World Champs in London in August 2013. I never knew what a Triathlon was but it looked like a lot of fun so I decided that was the next sport I wanted to ‘tri’.
After watching Sam race we both did the Outlon Park Duathlon together in Spring 2014 which was a great experience. I couldn’t believe the pace Sam cycled at, she zoomed past me whilst shouting “come on babes feel the burn” – my thighs were pumping and my cadence was so low, I didn’t have a scooby doo what I was doing!
Have you always been sporty?
In short, yes. I come from a very sporty family and my parents always encouraged us to try every sport going. They’re quite competitive too, so “it’s the taking part that counts” was not a phrase I was brought up with 😉
Growing up I tried almost every sport going and represented my county in tennis, netball, athletics and cross country.
What do you find the hardest part of triathlons?
For me, it is definitely swimming. As a child I was taught how to swim to survive, but never front crawl so learning it as an adult was very challenging. Swimming is still my least favourite, but it just shows with some dedication you can learn new skills.
What piece of advice would you give to someone considering triathlons?
Do it! Give it a go, it’s a great way to meet like minded people. Sam is an infectious person to be around, join the Tri Energy community and you’ll meet some lifelong friends.
Fitness Goals for 2017?
It’s normal for people to celebrate turning 30 by having a massive party isn’t it? Well my friends and family know I’m not normal so I thought why not enter an Ironman?! So my main fitness goal for 2017 is to complete the Copenhagen IM on my actual 30th 20.08.2017 …. 6 months to go … ahhh!!
We’ll be following Jess’ progress and we wish her all the best of luck for August. Keep up the hard work Jess! Remember, winter miles makes summer smiles 🙂