60: Lydia Dant: Triathlete Phoenix Rising

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Lydia Dant from Team Passion Fit was the women’s champion of IM 70.3 Staffordshire two weeks ago, just prior to that Lydia won the Outlaw Half in Nottingham by just 29 seconds. The accomplished age group athlete had been dabbling in bikes and bike racing for a while before picking up a bit of swimming and running in 2013 which saw her dipping her toes into triathlon.  She had mixed results over the next two years, study, work and life getting in the way of any major triathlon training and sporting ambitions.  That is of course until she decided to tackle IRONMAN Wales in 2018 as a route to getting back to structured training and embracing the sporting lifestyle she had enjoyed previously.

It was joining Team Passion Fit in 2018 that her journey as a triathlete really started to take shape and notably her ability and tenacity as an athlete began to shine through. Her results speak for themselves in recent years with a 7th overall in IM 70.3 Weymouth in 2018, 1st in her age group at IM 70.3 Staffordshire in 2019 a 14th  place overall result.  Racing at the IM 70.3 World Championships in Nice in 2019 she was 17th in her age group, she finished 1st in her age group at IM 70.3 Lanzarote in 2019 and has taken the top step of the podium at the Cotswold 113, The Westonbirt Duathlon and the Chilly Duathlon.

Coupled with the overall wins at Outlaw and IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire recently the phoenix is most definitely rising as she embraces her life in sport not only as an athlete but as a business woman and proud owner of Phoenix Evolution Bike Fitting Consultancy.

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