Athlete of the month ~ Jay
You’d be forgiven for thinking that the Beast from the East had prevented training and racing in the Tri Energy camp….but there’s no stopping them!!! And this month’s athlete of the month – Jay Didlick – was one of just 25 club members racing in the weekend’s Ludlow Aquathlon in freezing conditions! Although Jay admits he is a fair weather cyclist, he is clearly a hardcore aquathlete! With his wife just as talented at triathlon as Jay, and 2 small children, Jay certainly has plenty to keep him on his toes! We caught up with him this month on how his triathlon journey started!
Well done on your recent result at the Teme Leisure Aquathlon on Sunday. Did the race go to plan?
Thank you. Yeah it did to be fair. My run is my strong point so the idea was to not get too excited in the pool, take it steady and leave enough in the tank to take on the run leg. I really enjoyed the run and managed to finish strong.
How did you get involved in multisport?
Over a drunken night (all great ideas come out of the pub apparently) I’ve always loved running but hadn’t swam or ridden. After a drunken discussion with a friend we decided to challenge ourselves to a triathlon in the July and competed in our very first triathlon over at Ludlow in September 2016.
What does a typical week of training look like?
It varies massively to fit around family life. At the moment I run around 4 times a week including fitting in lunch runs at work when I can. I also play football once a week to mix things up and swim once or twice a week. The cycling has taken a back seat but that will come out again as it gets warmer 😉 I am a bit of a fair weather cyclist to be honest
You’re a popular member of Tri Energy….what do enjoy about being involved with the club?
I love the support that everyone gives you. It’s like an extended family and I love learning from everyone. The club is so welcoming and everyone is generally there to help you. The coaches are so knowledgeable and I love picking things up from them.
What next? Any big goals for 2018?
Just to improve all aspects of the sport and to be the best I can be. My wife certainly keeps my focused as there are always bragging rights up for grabs in the Didlick household. I’ve got my eye on a few events and would love to compete in my first sea swim Olympic distance later in the year.