Triathlete - Etienne Tillon
Etienne Tillon is based in Dubai and is a Team GB Triathlete in U20 category. Etienne has competed in the Triathlon World Championships in Lausanne and the Dubai 70.3 Ironman, at 18 years of age.
How did you get involved In Triathlon?
Triathlon came to me at a time where I had somewhat fallen out of love with swimming, training in a pool seven times per week for a thirty second race was not as fulfilling. I used my small physical frame in tandem with my endurance to take on Triathlon, which I found more diverse and exciting.
Do you have an athlete role model who inspired you?
I actually have many role models for different reasons but generally all Professional Triathletes are role models to me because of their humility, dedication and respect for each other.
What advice would you give to someone considering taking up Triathlon?
Every sport is difficult and Triathlon is no exception. Training takes up a lot of time so enjoying what you do is paramount. Above all, just living in the moment and making mistakes to improve is my greatest piece of advice, it has certainly helped me to develop as an athlete and a person.
Best Triathlon achievement so far?
My best Triathlon achievement is my qualification for the Triathlon World Championships, representing Team GB as well as completing the Dubai 70.3 Ironman this year, at 18 years of age.
Aspirations in Triathlon for 2019 and beyond?
To perform in the Triathlon World Championships, Lausanne in August. To keep improving, honing my Triathlon skills and have a smooth transition into triathlon life at University.
What are your top three sport nutrition tips?
· Taking fluids often and early to stay hydrated and avoid injury.
· Take healthy supplements that you believe in, that make you feel confident and fast.
· Have a plan and stick to it as best as possible.
What are your top three training tips?
· Listen to your body because everyone is different.
· Going hard all the time is not always beneficial, just having a few sessions to concentrate on technique and certain aspects of a race is just as important.
· Do everything with purpose, have a reason for a particular session or drill.
Can you give us an insight into your pre-race routine?
I do a lot of mobility exercises as well as skipping in order to loosen and prepare my body. I listen to music to help me get in the zone and just completely chill out. I ensure that I am well hydrated. More recently, visualisation has also become a huge part of my pre-race routine, it helps me to remember the course and give me reference points during the race.
How did you hear about Beet It Sport?
I regularly incorporated Beetroots into my diet because I was already aware of the nutritional benefits and it was at the London Triathlon Show, where I learned that Beet It Sport used beetroots as the basis of their products, which was exciting to me.
Why do you use Beet It Sport and how has it helped you?
I use Beet It Sport because it does not contain unnecessary sugars or chemicals I cannot pronounce and I know that I am giving my body the nutrients its needs in order to maximise Training, Performance and Recovery.