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Say Hello To Sponsored Rider Jenny Latham

Please give a warm welcome to our newest member of the Planet X family, sponsored rider Jenny Latham. We caught up with her whilst she was over at Planet X HQ and asked her for some insight on her background and what she will be aiming for over the next year.

What is your chosen discipline?

Triathlon – mainly long distance for 2016

 

How did you get into triathlon?

I started triathlon in my last year at university as I was injured so couldn’t run and had decided to cycle everywhere to keep fit. A friend did triathlon and asked me to compete at the varsity competition and I agreed to this without actually knowing what I had to do. At this event the other university’s coach asked how long I had done tri for and then said I should actually enter some races. What initially was entered as a joke and a bet with some running friends was the start of a whole new adventure.

 

What do you currently do to train?

Training without a specific tri coach enables my training to be flexible around work, which can be complicated balancing the Monday-to-Friday, plus evening on-call and weekend work. I train with Wakefield Harriers for my run training, completing track and road sessions with the group. Long runs tend to be on my own on Saturdays allowing Sundays to be used for a longer ride with the cycle club. I set my own turbo sessions using ideas from talking to other triathletes and looking online for sets to do. Swim training is with the Leeds Masters before work which can be a rush but more enjoyable than swimming alone in busy public lanes.

What are your main goals for 2016?

I am planning on racing long again next year with some half’s to judge my fitness before my ‘A’ race in July. We are still in the process or sorting out a race programme for the year to make sure everything fits together.

 

What are your greatest achievements to date

My most surprising achievement was winning Outlaw Triathlon and getting sub-10hrs on my first long distance race – and loving every minute of the race.

At Alpe D’Huez I finished 9th female however I don’t think I did the bike leg justice so need to go back and focus on the race and not the amazing views.

We hope you will all join us in wishing Jenny the best of luck in the year to come and we will endeavour to keep you all posted in Jennys forthcoming events and the outcomes of each.

15 December 2015