16 Questions with Alistair Brownlee

With Covid-19 impacting sports on every level, we interviewed Alistair Brownlee on the impact it’s had on his training and what he’s looking forward to beyond the pandemic, as well as getting Alistair’s insight on some much more light-hearted and interesting topics!

  1. What’s your daily lockdown routine?

    The alarm goes off at 7.40, I have a cup of tea and get in my endless pool in the garage for 8. After this I have some breakfast and head out running. In the afternoon, I rest and ride. 

  2. How has lockdown impacted training – what are you doing?

    It has meant a lot of training on my own and training inside. I have tried to stick to a solid routine and not to do much. While, at the same time, being fit enough to race in 4/6 weeks’ time if I need to.

  3. What are you most looking forward to in the next year – what are your goals for 2021?

    Who knows!? Presuming everything goes ahead – being on the start line at the Tokyo Olympics 

  4. Lockdown TV recommendation?

    The last dance – not normally a sport documentary fan but really enjoyed that. 

  5. Greatest achievement/best memory outside of sport?

    It would be still active but isn’t sport – bike touring around the north of England with my mates.

  6. Favourite place to visit in your time off?

    I love being at home in Leeds – I’m away a lot normally. So being able to see friends and spend time at home is a treat.

  7. If you weren’t a professional athlete, what would you be doing?

    I started studying medicine – so I’d probably be a doctor 

  8. When did you realise you had a career in sport?

    Probably when I was 18 and won the World Junior Champs. Then in 2009 when I started winning races as an elite.

  9. If you could be world class at any other sport than your current profession, what would it be and why?

    If we take swim/bike/run out of it – Tennis. Love the skill and the gladiatorial style of the competition. 

  10. Who was your idol (sporting or otherwise) growing up?

    Didn’t have one as such – the people who motivated me where the people I had contact with every day. Teacher at school, friend I raced on a bike ride etc.

  11. If you could compete against anyone in your sport, who would it be and why?

    I’ve been lucky enough to compete against all the best athletes in my sport from the last 20 years. 

  12. If you could re-live one race, which would it be and why?

    London Olympic Games – the crowd.

  13. What foods do you have to give up when you’re in training and which do you miss the most?

    I don’t really. Everything in moderation!

  14. What animal would be cutest if scaled down to the size of a cat?


  15. What single piece of advice would you give to an aspiring athlete?

    Consistency is key. 

  16. First place you’re going when lockdown is lifted?

    The Pub! 

Thank you to Alistair for talking to us and giving us an insight into his world – through lockdown and beyond!


16 Questions with Alistair Brownlee

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