A Worksop Ironman competitor is dreaming of qualification for the ‘Holy Grail’ of triathlon events.
But Amy Ogden has no intention of simply keeping her fingers crossed that the dream comes true – she’s putting in the hard yards to make it happen.
The Bassetlaw Council worker clocks up a staggering 200-plus miles on her bike every week, along with 30 miles of running and eight miles of swimming.
A Bassetlaw Triathlon Club founding member, and Worksop Harrier, Ogden finished in the top five percent of her age group worldwide in Ironman last year.
Her performances qualified her for the Great Britain age group team for both middle and long course events.
And in an attempt to not only land a place on the starting line but make an impression at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii in October 2015, the birthplace of Ironman racing, she’s embarking on a trio of major events.
First up is Ironman Wales on 14th September, where she can lock down a World Championships place.
Her international debut will then take place at the European Middle Distance Championships in Mallorca on 18th October.
And she’s got the World Long Distance Championships in Sweden marked on her calendar for June next year.
She told the Guardian: “My ambition is to race at the top of my game at Ironman Wales, so I can qualify for the World Championships in Hawaii, the absolute Holy Grail of triathlon races.”
“I’m incredibly committed to it, there’s only really me who knows how much I put into it.”
“I work, train, eat and sleep and I do it because I love it, I love to do well in sport.”
“People talk about taking part and doing it for the sake of it, but deep down I’m a very competitive person.”
Despite being in her mid 30s, Ogden believes she’s getting stronger and better, and it’s paying off with new experiences.
“This will be my first time competing in triathlon over seass, getting into the Great Britain team is new,” she said.
“I feel I’ve been blessed with an ability.”
“I’m enjoying training and getting a great deal of satisfaction and pride from it.”
Although she already has all the necessary kit, bikes and equipment to compete at her current level, the Worksop woman is looking for a sponsor to help with her travel costs.
And with space on her kit for a sponsor’s name and logo, she can offer plenty of exposure and profile to financial backers.
“I’m self sponsored, I work full-time, but I’m looking for someone to take an interest and make a contribution towards the travel costs.”
Ogden expressed thanked those who have already become part of her support network, and helped her in her bid to qualify for the World Ironman Championships next year.
“Thanks to Worksop Harriers, Bassetlaw Triathlon Club and Dave tune at Blizzard Physiotherapy in Bircotes,” she added.