Elites At Christmas

Do elites train on Christmas day or are they tucking into a full roast? We discovered their festive plans and party secrets.

Posted: 14 December 2010
by Michael Donlevy

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Helen Jenkins

What are you up to over Christmas?

I will go away for a couple of weeks on a training camp to avoid some of the cold weather and then the rest of December at home with a few running races for fun.
What about the day itself - and New Year?

Christmas is at home, and I normally go out with friends for New Year. I spend a lot of time with family, but also try to train as normally as possible. The hardest thing is swimming, because a lot of pools shut. I try to get the pool schedules and find out when my swimming club is training so I can arrange my training around those times.
Will you be training on Christmas Day?

Yes. Running on Christmas Day is the best because it means I can eat more dinner afterwards. And also it's great for riding because the roads are quiet.
Do you have any races lined up?

The Christmas Pudding Run, a 10K race. It's near where I live. The start is at the bottom of a huge sand dune, so it's really tough.
What's your dream present?

Maybe a new car, as mine isn't going too well. But I don't think I'll be getting that.
What's your biggest indulgence?

Cadbury's Heroes.
What's your favourite party game?

None. They cause arguments - there are too many competitive people in my house.
What's your tipple of choice?

I like gin and tonic but I don't train too well on it... maybe I'll have a small one.

Jenkins was ITU World Champion in 2008. She finished fourth in the 2010 World Championships

Picture credit: Delly Carr/ Triathlon.org

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