In this twelfth episode of the season of the Her Spirit podcast BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin and BBC Triathlon presenter Annie Emmerson talk to Commonwealth Champion and GB triathlete Jodie Stimpson.
Jodie achieved double Commonwealth gold at Glasgow after competing in both the individual Elite Women event as well as the Mixed Relay (2014). She is also a Relay World Champion (2011) and has claimed multiple 1st place finishes at ITU World Triathlon Series events.
Jodie has been a triathlete nearly all of her life, having started training when she was eight and won her first race as a nine-year-old. She has competed for Great Britain at all levels from winning the world junior Aquathlon title as a 17-year-old through to standing on top of her first World Series podium at Kitzbuhel in 2013 and claiming the Commonwealth individual and Mixed Relay titles in 2014.
She talks to Louise and Annie openly about the recent loss of her dad Ian, and how he was such a strong role model for her. She believes he will still continue to be her biggest strength when she starts racing again.
Not making the Olympic team in 2016 was something she found devasting, she reflects on this now in terms accepting what you can and can't control. She knows she gave it her all to make the Olympic team but it was unfortunately not meant to be.
She talks openly about her relationship with food and knows it has not been good and knows she still has issues with it. She knows her unhealthy relationship with food, and unhelpful eating habits compounded this relationship. She has worked closely with her nutritionist and trusted in her to make the changes she needs in her athletic career and for the future.
She knows her attitude with her own body confidence is also something she battles with all the time. It's so important to be real through social media and not caring about how you look.
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