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Alistair Brownlee

British,  Athlete
Total Quotes : 29
Career Very Some

My school career was absolutely crucial to me. As an endurance athlete, some of the most important years are maybe when you are 16, 17, and 18. For me, getting that right was very important, and my school allowed me to do that.

- Alistair Brownlee

Studying University Mum

I did a term at Cambridge University studying medicine, so I could potentially have followed in Mum and Dad's footsteps and become a doctor.

- Alistair Brownlee

Sports Egg Chicken

I don't know whether endurance sports attract obsessional people, or training for endurance sports makes people obsessional... it's the chicken and the egg.

- Alistair Brownlee

Believe Rest Having

I don't believe in having a rest day.

- Alistair Brownlee

Race Country Particularly

I did my first cross country race when I was about 10 and absolutely loved it. I wasn't particularly good, so I didn't just carry on because I was good, but it just really appealed to me.

- Alistair Brownlee

Perfect Next Deal

When you ride fast and then rest for a bit, it causes a spike in your heart rate and helps your body deal with lactic acid. But you don't need to make it too complicated. Yorkshire is perfect because the hills work as intervals - you ride up them hard and then recover before the next one. Or you can just sprint to the next tree or lamppost.

- Alistair Brownlee

Professional Dad Trial

I knew I wanted to be a professional triathlete, but I didn't know it was possible until I won the junior champs. My dad said I should give Cambridge a go to see if I could do both, but it was only ever a trial.

- Alistair Brownlee

London Race Whenever

Whenever we race in London, the noise of the fans gives me goosebumps.

- Alistair Brownlee

Young Athlete I Remember

I wanted to be an endurance athlete from a young age. I remember being in a careers class at school and saying I wanted to be a professional athlete and the teacher replying, 'You're not going to make it; it's not possible.'

- Alistair Brownlee

Thoughts Own Away

The great thing about running is that you can get away to your own thoughts and get in a little bubble.

- Alistair Brownlee

Country Kid Access

Schools are really, really important. It gives you access to every kid in the country. It gives you a massive pool of people to see who might be talented at different sports. It allows kids to try sports. Kids can be inspired all they want, but if they can't go out and try a sport, then it's no good.

- Alistair Brownlee

London Next I Remember

London 2012 was the toughest time in our relationship but also the best. Things could get fractious - we were both competing for gold - but standing next to my brother on the start line for a home Olympics was so special. I remember saying: 'Let's go.'

- Alistair Brownlee

Sometimes Very Other

The run's the business end of a triathlon: it's where you win or lose the race. I like to get out very hard, make other people hurt sometimes, and other times leave it to the last kilometre and really win the race there.

- Alistair Brownlee

Always Running Lots

As a family, we were always active. Lots of walking, lots of running as well as riding bikes with dad.

- Alistair Brownlee

Your Some Use

It's good to put on some lube under your wetsuit, so I tend to use a lot of baby oil on my arms and legs. It stops you chafing and helps you get your wetsuit off after the swim.

- Alistair Brownlee

London Title Had

Rio was always going to be on the schedule for me, whether I had won in London or not. Triathlon is one of those sports where the Olympics is always the most important and the most interesting race, and I always wanted to have a crack at Rio and defend my title.

- Alistair Brownlee

Conservative Too Lower

I'm a Conservative. I don't believe there should be too many rules. There should be lower taxes.

- Alistair Brownlee

Lunch Lucky Which

I was lucky enough to go to a school which gave flexibility around education and sport. We had a 1-hour, 30-minute lunch break, and were able to train during this time.

- Alistair Brownlee

Week Hours Weeks

It's better to train for 4-5 hours a week than to do ten hours one week then nothing for two weeks. It helps your body adapt and also maintains your fitness.

- Alistair Brownlee

Race New Foods

You shouldn't eat anything new on race days. Eat simple foods, and ones that you can easily digest.

- Alistair Brownlee