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Aisling Gaughran

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When did you first get into triathlon ?

I got into triathlons in 2010 when a colleague who was a member of Sligo tri club encouraged me to go to their open evening

What was your first?  

Rosses Point Tri 2010. I was terrified!!!

What has been your favourite event to date?  

It’s going to sound very biased but Lough Key is my favourite so far. Having family and friends cheering you on in your adopted home town is a lovely feeling – as well as the night out afterwards and the organising buzz in the build up to it.

What would your most important tip for anyone starting triathlons?

Enjoy it, revel in your ability to get out there and do it. Don’t be intimidated by the “pros” you see around you at the starting line – you are first and foremost competing against yourself.

What bike do you cycle? 

Trek – a black and red one – that’s as technical as I get!

What wetsuit do you wear? 

Zoot – still going strong after 4 years

What sportsperson (across any sport) do you most admire?

This is a difficult one to answer as there are so many sports people who deserve admiration and respect and it’s not necessarily the ones who are best at their sport. Sorry, it’s a bit of a non-answer.

What other sports or hobbies do you partake in?

Golf – I was told the two don’t mix and my handicap kinda proves the point. Baking – possibly also doesn’t mix with triathlons!

What are your goals for the coming season?  

To get my swim under 20 minutes ( I told you golf, baking and tris don’t mix!)

What do you believe to be your strongest attribute with regards to competition, and what area do you feel you could improve on the most?

Strongest attribute is probably my dislike of giving up and admitting failure.  Area needing most improvement is convincing my husband that his cooking and my training work very well together!

What are your favourite and least favourite training sessions?  

Favourite is any session where I feel like I’ve been pushed beyond what I had thought was my limit and have shown improvement. Least favourite – the ones I should have done and didn’t.

What piece of training / racing gadgetry could you not do without?

I love my Garmin!

What one performance to date are you most proud of and why?  

If we’re talking specifically about triathlons then it would have to be my first triathlon and if we’re not talking specifically about tri’s then it would have to be completing the Great Fjord Swim (2k swim) in 2012; both for the same reason – before I started doing triathlons I was terrified of water and doing those two events proved to me that I can do anything once I put my mind to it.

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