With it being the eve of Tetrathlon 2018 I believed there would be no better way to celebrate it than to chat to one of the Queens of Tet itself, Faye Mansfield. Faye, a final year student in Speech and Language Therapy in UCC will be competing in her fourth Intervarsity Tetrathlon this weekend. She's has some outstanding results and I was very excited to see what it's really like to be a #fitspo.
How did you get into Tetrathlon?
I joined the pony club when I was younger and was directed into the line of Tet by another parent in the club. I used to swim a lot so it seemed like it would be a good fit. I competed for a year just with my pony club and then the following year I began competing on the Irish Team.
Has Tetrathlon lead onto you getting any gras for other sports?
Completely! I used to absolutely hate running, and I've since gone on to do a half marathon (not prettily), do some local road races and I've started triathlons last summer.
How do you maintain your fitness level?
Unfortunately the fitness level changes throughout the year and I would love to always be fit. I do find it very tough with college work and balancing a social life too! I guess a lot of the time I use sport as a way to de-stress and I am a big advocate for including it for overall mental and physical health benefits. Often I find biting the bullet and booking a race a few weeks in advance really helps, once it's done you can't back out, and competing for the fun and experience of it gives you a great feeling of accomplishment. Plus you always have an excuse to celebrate afterwards too!
What are your proudest achievements in relation to Tet and other sports which Tet has lead you to?
I think 2015 was my favourite summer of Tet. I was picked to compete in an international exchange in Australia, where five different countries competed. I don't think it's an experience I'll ever forget and made some great friends too. Later in the summer when we came home to Ireland, I won my first national title, which was an unreal way to finish the year of training and competing.
What's your fondest memory of Tet?
I think in general the people I've met throughout my experiences has to be my fondest memory. I've made friends from my young teenage years who are still good friends to this day. I had the opportunity to meet people from all over the country and the world and there's some pretty cool people out there. I think sport allows for some great friendships to be made.
Finally, have you any tips and advice for the future #fitspo like yourself?
I don't think you have to be a fitspo to begin in any sport goal you set yourself, all you have to do is enjoy what you're doing and the rest is easy after that. Often starting something is the hardest part, just getting out of the house and doing it is the biggest and best step to take. Oh, and everyone needs to go to Ponyland at some stage in their life!
Catch Faye in her natural habitat this weekend in Ennis at #iurcatet!
Thank you so much for your time Faye! Best of luck at the weekend #upuccupridin I am most definitely not biased!