Coached Athlete: Anita Howe

I have always been interested in sport from an early age which has continued on throughout my life. In 2013 I decided to have a go at Triathlons whilst I was still fit enough after playing hockey for many years, and I have never looked back.

Tri a Tri in Cheltenham was my first event. The swim was in a pool but the bike and run were on grass so at the time I used my Mountain Bike. I continued to get well and truly hooked into the world of triathlon and managed my own training with the help from a work colleague who set me some swimming training.

Since then I competed in some sprints but mainly Olympic / Standard and one 70.3 Ironman and Duathlons in the winter months. I was surprised to come the first female at 70.3 in 2014 at the Ultimate Half. I have had podium finishes in my age group at different distances and duathlons. It was suggested to me why don’t I have a go at some of the qualification races to try and qualify to compete for GB aged group I was surprised when I did.

I have competed for my age group in Chicago and Holland for the World Championships and this year I am competing in Estonia at the Europeans and Australia for the Worlds.

Since I’ve been a part of DO3 I haven’t looked back and wish I’d made the move sooner. Everyone makes you feel so welcome and are friendly and are very supportive no matter your ability the encouragement is great and it pushes you - if you’re prepared to but the work in you will get the results.

With Dave as a Coach athlete the training is different to how I have previously been coach and I can feel the difference already stronger and fitter. The training is to your individual needs and key areas are highlighted early on where there is improvements to be made and from the off it’s a long term plan that won’t happen overnight so patient is the key and work.  I work shifts so getting my training set out for me in advance is great as I can then look ahead to see if I need to change a few sessions around I can.

I look forward to the future with DO3 and what it has in store for me and maybe look at moving up in distance.