Coached Athlete: Corinne Moss
Completing a triathlon was one of the challenges I was set by my husband for the year I turned 40. I’d always enjoyed the individual disciplines, but never had the confidence to put them all together. My first event was the Avenger Middle Distance at Ragley Hall. I’d never run a half marathon before, let alone combined it with the 1.2 mile swim and 56 mile bike, so my goal was just to finish. I ran the last mile with the biggest smile on my face, knowing I was going to make it, and that was it, I was hooked! I finished 2nd in my category and 6th woman overall and was high as a kite for days!
It has to be said, my training back then could at best be described as haphazard and at worst probably dangerous, but somehow I got some good results. It was suggested to me that I could have the potential to race internationally, but I had to sort my training out before I caused myself some damage. I was introduced to Dave in 2015 by my physio, Jon Davis, and haven’t looked back since. That summer I entered a qualifier to represent the GB age-group team at the 2016 European Championships. I qualified, and at those championships I won silver. I still can’t quite believe it, and feel like I have been living in some sort of dream since.
As a coached athlete, Dave makes sure my training includes a balance of technique, speed, power and endurance work. It is tailored to my key races, which we discuss during the autumn/winter preceding each season. The plan also includes recovery and has to fit with the fact that I’m a working mum of two very active kids – not an easy challenge! The consistency of my training, thanks to Dave’s expertise, has paid off with regular podium finishes for me at local, regional and national events and top 10 finishes at European and World Championships. Having raced standard and sprint distance for a few seasons now, this year I’ve returned to the distance of that first race in 2014, and was over the moon to win my age group at Outlaw Half 2018 and finish in the top 10 women including the elite athletes.
Being part of the Do3 squad is fantastic. With people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, it’s the most supportive and inspiring bunch of people you could ever wish to meet. I used to train alone and thought that was best for me, but with the squad sessions, there’s always someone to make you push yourself that little bit harder, help you through when you really want to give up, or just bring cake to a training session! The friends I’ve made at Do3 are friends for life and I love it!