What are your nicknames?
Sid, Little Sid or Siddall, Sidders (I won’t disclose the plethora of names I get called by my family!)
Since moving to San Francisco and joining Purplepatch, I have also picked up Poppy, Poppy Pops and other variations of that theme.
Where you were born and where you currently live?
Born Nottinghamshire, England. Currently living in San Fransisco. (Via 6.5years in Sydney, Australia)
Who is your coach?
What’s your motto?
Don’t Die Wondering. Better Never Stops
What’s your weakness and how do you make it better
Food is my weakness, and I have no will power in this area.
Greatest achievement to date?
Lots of races I’m proud of, but probably winning in Vegas at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships, then backing up with the Olympic distance World Championships in London the week later.
Where will you be in 5 years?
Living the dream, travelling the world, hopefully still working my butt off in the world of Triathlon.
What are your goals in triathlon?
To be the best I can be. To push my limits and continually drive myself to be better. To win races, but to live my life and have fun.
What do you do when you’re not being a professional athlete?
Mechanical Engineer / Project Manager.
Who is your hero and why?
Where do I start, so many people inspire me. There were a lot of heroes for me at the London Olympics, it was infectious and inspiring watching some incredible athletes with amazing stories. Then athletes like Kelly Holmes and Steve Redgrave and from a Triathlon perspective Chrissie Wellington and Belinda Granger, so many to name.
Who inspires you?
Other female triathletes and athletes…so many to list! As above!
What are you most afraid of?
Sharks, dying, running out of chocolate?
What inspired you to choose triathlon over any other sport?
I was a runner (track) and netballer, but played any/all sports growing up. Triathlon came about when I was looking for a new challenge having moved to Australia.
How often do you train?
Every day, twice a day or more.
What gets you through a tough session or race?
Focusing on the process. Focusing on the ‘can’ and ‘doing’. Breaking the set or race down. Positive self talk. Positivity feeds positivity.
Favourite after training meal?
Breakfast… poached eggs on rye with avocado and a large hot skim cappuccino.
How do you relax before AND after a race?
Before a race is all about routine. After the race…normally just collapse.
What is your favourite post-race meal?
Oohhhhhh…..chocolate (preferably British chocolate) and pizza, oh and maybe ice cream too. I often find it hard to stomach anything immediately post race, so have to force some food into me. Tend to crave salty foods when I get my appetite back.
Favourite training song?
Varies and random mixture. Scissor Sisters (Fire with Fire), Taylor Swift, I know sorry (Shake it off), Underworld (Always loved a film), also Coldplay (Hurts like heaven), Neon Trees (Animal), David Guetta. (I once listened to Animal, by Neon Trees on repeat whilst running 20laps of the track!)
How do you motivate yourself when it’s dark, wet and cold outside ?
Knowing that there will be an awesome group to train with and thinking about the bigger picture. Knowing the purpose and value of what I’m doing and it giving me the focus and motivation to improve with each session. Training, competing, the people you meet, the places, the whole atmosphere, I can’t really imagine my life without being involved in the sport in some form or another. (p.s it’s never wet and cold here, it’s always sunny and warm and light! ha ha!)
Favourite piece of kit and why?
Boardman AiR/TT 9.8….British brand, awesomely made! Just designed to perform and it’s fast! (Oh, and my SodaStream!)
When did you think you could turn pro?
End of 2012/start of 2013…wanted to start the process to the next step but didn’t want to rush as I would step up to 70.3 focus. So I guess after Honu and then Vegas I thought it was now the time.
Where you sporty as a kid?
Yes, I love and played all sports. In the UK if you are half decent at sport you get put in all the teams!
If you had 1 pass to race any location or and distance for the last time EVER where would you go?
What can’t you live without?
Sport. Oh, maybe chocolate as well and actually my SodaStream. (I’ve bought 3 now in each of the places I’ve lived!)
What’s your favourite lie that you have ever told?
I’m good, I don’t lie.
If your life had a sound track what song would it be?
Queen, Don’t stop me now..it’s more of a family song for my sisters and I.
What’s your favourite leg and why?
Left leg, it’s stronger.
What do you dislike most about triathlons?
Traveling with a bike, particularly flying and getting through the airport check in.
What do you eat/not eat?
I have Impaired Glucose Resistance, so have to watch my sugar levels, so try to stick to a Low GI diet. Having said that…I love food and it’s a real weakness.
Favourite holiday destination?
Oh so many…Croatia (particularly Dubrovnik) is a real favourite of mine ever since I travelled there in 2004.
What is your greatest moment outside of triathlon?
Passing the selection course and spending a Gap Year as a Second Lieutenant in the British Army.
If you could have one superpower what would it be?
If you won $1million how would you spend it?
Pay for all my family to come out to San Francisco for a holiday, buy a house and a car, invest and donate a lot to charity.
What song is currently playing on your iPod?
Shut Up and Dance (Walk the Moon) is currently quite frequent as well as an old classic from the House Martins, Happy Hour. Can’t Hold Us (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis) as well.
Coffee? Training? Or Global domination?