GTC athlete of the month: Nathalie Jones 

Nathalie races in the veterans category and is often out on her bike at the crack of dawn to fit in her training (before work and family life get in the way).

She is a dietitian and on April 23 she will deliver her third annual presentation to the club on sports nutrition. (See details below.)

Nathalie has been a member of GTC twice. The first time was from 2002 to 2005 and she rejoined in 2017.

She came to triathlon through a background of running. She said: “I was attracted to a sport that has three disciplines for the variety.”

Of the three sports, running is still her favourite because, “I love the ease of it and that I can do it anywhere.”  She believes her cycling has improved the most since she joined the club.

Enjoying the race on New Year’s Day in Edinburgh.

Nathalie loves to race

Nathalie enjoys racing and especially Olympic and middle-distance triathlons. She rates her first Mallorca 70.3 event last year has her best achievement to date. She came 38th in the age group 40 to 44 in a time of 6:13:54.

Last year, she scored a sprint PB at GTC’s Briggs Triathlon in 1:23:29. She was sixth lady vet that day, too.

Mallorca 70.3.

This season, Nathalie has already achieved some great finishes. She was third female vet at the New Year’s Day Edinburgh Triathlon; second female vet and eighth overall at the Glasgow Uni Aquathlon; and first female vet at the Stirling Duathlon.

This year’s race goal is Ironman Edinburgh 70.3. She adds: “I also plan to compete in more races this season and I hope to be placed in some of these.”

In the future, Nathalie has aspirations to complete an Ironman “perhaps Wales or Barcelona” and also complete the ultra distance run, the Highland Fling.

Nathalie was fourth female in the Arran Man standard last year.

Getting through tough training sessions

If Nathalie is faced with a challenging training session she has a few methods for completing it. She says: “I might watch EastEnders on the iPlayer and try to switch off from what I am doing.

“I also think about the guilt I would feel if I stopped mid-training session.

“I try to remember that lots of people would love to be able to be fit and out there training and I tell myself to appreciate how lucky I am to be able to do what I do –  and to stop whinging.”

Tips for triathlon success

Follow a structured training programme

Get a coach if you have a race goal

Fuel right!

Sports nutrition evening

Monday April 23

Western Baths, Glasgow

From 7pm to 7.30pm, there will be presentation from the Glasgow Club on the benefits of a new corporate membership scheme for GTC.

Nathalie will then give her nutrition talk. One lucky attendee will win a free consultation and nutrition plan with Nathalie.

Booking will be available soon on this website. See Facebook event, too.