Coached Athlete: Jake Louis
I started triathlon when I was eleven. I did my first race as a bit of fun thinking I’ll never win with a mountain bike, however after leading out the swim and somehow hanging on I managed to win and immediately agreed that a road bike was necessary. Since then I have been looking forward to April to start the season of racing every year.
Back then, coming from a swimming club background with Coventry and Rugby swimming club, I always looked forward to the swim and the race plan was always to hold on through the bike run. However turns out I’m not too bad at running and cross country, and with a bit of training my run improved no end and the scales have now tipped the complete opposite way. To wanting to get out the water as quickly as possible and play catch up on the bike run. Obviously the plan is to make these scales as even and as rapid as possible with more focussed training and DO3 are really helping with that.
Since starting triathlon I have had numerous podium finishes in regional races in the west midlands, east midlands and south central series. I managed to win the west midlands youth series last year and hope to repeat that this year.
My best race I have competed in was Sandwell open water triathlon, last year. I emerged from the water in eighth position in a field of the west midlands top athletes, I managed to chase down and make up some time on the bike to be seventh going on to the run. I’ll never forget putting my helmet down, looking up and seeing four athletes in the distance knowing a podium was on the cards. I ran my best ever run and got the final spot on the podium.
In the future I’m hoping to race nationally in the British triathlon super series where the best triathletes in the country of my age do a series competing to be the best.