UWCSEA Teacher competes in World Ironwoman Championships in Hawaii
by Avika Jindel Interviewed, Student Sports Council Journalism team, UWCSEA Dover
Recently, our very own staff member Vicki Hill participated in the World Championship for the Iron Man (Woman) in Hawaii during the October break. In order to qualifiy, you have to win an iron man, which she did in Philippines in June. She came in as 11th place in her age group, an incredible feat while competing against some of the worlds best athletes. Her time for the 26.2 mile run was 03:31:23, for the 112 mile of biking- 05:23:18 and for the swimming segment of 2.4 miles she got 1:15:40. However, such times were not easily achieved without the rigorous training she did before heading to Hawaii. She states that her training consisted not only of lots of swimming, biking, running but also strength and conditioning. She did a 4km swim before school at 5am and run sessions in the evening. On the weekends she did 150km bike rides or ran. She trained 20 hours a week besides working a full time job, which shows her resilience and discipline that were essential to her fabulous result.
Naturally, she faced many challenges while preparing for the event. Waking up early to do copious volumes of training is excruciatingly difficult for any one, especially when having to do a good job as a teacher and balance a social life. Her strenuous training schedule also meant she had to eat very healthy and go to bed early for recovery and good performance. What helped her through the process was reminding herself of her goals to keep motivated.
The actual Championship was a whirlwind experience. She was in the water with 800 other women when the gun started the race. The weather was brutal. It was very windy during the bike ride along with rain. The run was on a coast through lava fields, with the already scorching sun beating down on them. However, the hilly windy and hot course was not only the hardest thing she’s ever done but also the most rewarding. She qualified to be able to compete amongst the best athletes in the world at an amazing location. Her sister was by her side the whole time while supporting her, which was very encouraging. At such a difficult triathlon crossing the finish line itself is phenomenal. She ended the race with a new personal best and an unrelenting sense of achievement.
Already, Ms. Hill is excited to qualify again and do even better next year. When asked for advice to give other runners she said “Think big and chase your goals, believe in yourself, set yourself big goals, be committed to be able to achieve your goals.”
Interviewed by Gaurika Sawhney
Student Sports Council Journalism team, Dover Campus