Meet a triathlete friend – Donna Lovelock

It’s time for my 2nd ‘Meet a triathlete friend’ and this time let me introduce Donna Lovelock to you.

I’ve known Donna for a few years as a fellow parkrunner although over the last 9 months or so, our paths have crossed on many occasions including regularly sharing a lane at Monday evening STC pool sessions (and the occasional Saturday morning), some aquathlons and lake swims at Eastleigh Lakes and a few parkruns. D

Donna also helps me a lot at Southampton junior parkrun both as a Run Director and also managing the volunteer rota each week. Really appreciate Donna’s help with that.

Donna has completed the London Marathon as has set her goal for next year of completing an Ironman!

Right, lets’s go. It’s question time…



What do you do when you’re not competing or training?

Sleep, eat and help out at Southampton junior parkrun!

How long have you been a triathlete?

About 2 years

What got you hooked on triathlons?

A friend of mine was into tri’s and convinced me to enter one, then I injured my knee skiing and couldn’t run for almost a year so started cycling instead and it went from there.

Who are your triathlon inspirations?

Chris McCormack, ironman legend!

What have you been particularly proud of achieving in triathlon?

Completing a middle distance at the end of my first proper tri season. I don’t do things by half measures!

What does your typical training week consist of?

My usual sessions are ones with Lordshill Road Runners and Southampton Tri Club and the rest I make up as I go along but it’s something like this:

Monday: LRR run, STC swim

Tuesday: circuits, STC track (turbo in the winter)

Wednesday: cycle to and from work, STC swim or LRR run

Thursday: cycle to and from work

Friday: rest or run

Weekends: whatever I feel like doing depending on the weather!

What’s your favourite triathlon discipline and why?

Getting the bling at the end! As for the disciplines… I don’t really have one, I tend to plod them all. If I had to pick, possibly the bike, but I’m not as fast on it as I’d like to be!

What’s your least favourite triathlon discipline and why?

Getting out of bed at stupid o’clock. As for the actual tri its self… if I had to choose, probably the run. It’s tough running off the bike and I’m lazy and don’t do anywhere near enough brick work!

What triathlon targets do you have in your sights?

2015 Ironman


What’s your favourite triathlon event (e.g. sprint, Olympic, Half or iron)?

Half Iron. I’m definitely a diesel, not a petrol engine!

What’s your favourite triathlon event so far?

Boscombe Salty Sea Dog series. Out and backs can be dull but it also means you get to see your friends who are competing several times on the bike and the run and shout encouragement!

If you could share one triathlon tip or secret to success, what would it be?

Chill out! Enjoy your training, do what you feel like. Don’t get fixated on religiously following training plans to the last detail or scrutinising your Garmin every 30 seconds and definitely eat whatever you like! (Err, maybe don’t follow this advice if you’re serious about triathlon and want to post good race times!!)

What’s your favourite triathlon related gadget, piece of equipment or web site? (And I do love my bike!)

What’s your next triathlon and what are your goals for that event?

Swashbuckler. My first goal is to not drown in the Beaulieu river! 2nd is to not get caught in cross winds during my first bike outing with 80mm rims. Lastly, to not die on the run due to a distinct lack of long run training!

Many thanks for sharing some of your triathlon story with me Donna! I find it hard to believe any triathlete that considers themselves lazy! 🙂

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