In an exclusive interview with VincoSport, Georgia Taylor-Brown talks Europeans, triathlon and 2014.
The 19-year-old has been a junior sensation in her specialist three discipline event, but the youngsters talent has no end as she has shown she is a force to be reckoned with on cross country, too.
At last Saturday’s (November 23) trials, Taylor-Brown secured herself an automatic selection spot for the European Cross Country Champions in Belgrade with her superb second place finish.
Speaking to Vinco after the race, though, the Sale Harrier appeared dumbfounded: “I didn’t think I was going to qualify at all.
“I just went there to start my cross country season but my coach was saying I was training well and that I should do really well this weekend. I was just excited to race really and get cross country going.”
Taylor-Brown booked herself a place at the World Cross Country Championships earlier this year, but Belgrade will be the teenagers first European championship outing.
“I wasn’t too far behind Emelia Gorecka [on Saturday] so if I’m close to her at the European’s that will be a good race for me. I just love going away with the team,” she spoke.
“It’s nice to have a race where you feel good. I might have a good result but if I don’t feel good then I won’t really enjoy doing it, so if I feel good I’m happy with that.”
Taylor-Brown talking to VincoSport after the trials:
Taylor-Brown finished 12 seconds behind Gorecka in Liverpool, spectacularly though, she only runs four times a week.
“I do two sessions a week on a Tuesday and a Saturday. Tuesday is usually on the road doing shorter, faster reps, and Saturday is long reps on the grass, and then I do a run on a Thursday and Sunday will be my long run,” the Sale Harrier spoke.
Not surprisingly though, the 19-year-old makes up her miles with seven hours in the pool and 10 hours on the bike a week.
Despite her incredible success in her strongest event, running, Taylor-Brown divulged she could never scrap the other two, though.
She said: “I would never be able to just turn into a runner. As nice as it sounds getting scholarships or what not going to America, I could never be able to give up triathlon now, it would be a bit too much.”
While Taylor-Brown has enjoyed her success on the country this year, her main focus will be on her big triathlon season ahead.
“Now I’m out of the junior category in triathlon I’ll have to step up my distance to the Olympic distance, so I’m going to do a few 10km’s on the road to get me used to doing that distance because I haven’t actually done a straight 10km yet,” she revealed.
“Next triathlon season I will be focusing on the European U23’s and World’s, hopefully I’ll qualify for them and just try and race on the circuit really, so World Cups and European Cups.
“It’s all about getting points so I can compete in the World Series so I’ll just have to grind through and get those distances under my belt.”
Taylor-Brown will next be in action on December 8, at the European Cross Country Championships which will be covered live on BBC Two and online from 10am.