Short-course triathlete Tom Bishop has more than a decade of elite racing experience. He’s represented his country at the Commonwealth Games and was a non-travelling reserve at Rio 2016. He is now plotting a new challenge with a move into long-course triathlon, but admits: “I still have a few things I want to achieve before I begin to look longer.”
Tom – why triathlon, and how did you get started? I swam as a kid and loved running, so taking up triathlon was a natural progression. I love being outdoors and exploring new places. Triathlon gives me that freedom.
When you don’t feel like training, what inspires you to get out there? I always want to improve myself. Training is part of that process. I’m fairly motivated to get out there three times a day. So I’ve learned to appreciate the moments when I don’t feel like training. Maybe sometimes resting is better.
Can you tell us about the lessons sport has taught you? Appreciate those around you. I’ve been racing for a long time. I’ve seen the next generation come through. It’s great to see friends and training partners develop and grow as both triathletes and people. The adventures we experience with others are the ones we’ll remember.
Do you have a special pre-race ritual? A casual beer the night before to help me relax. And I always have a book ready so I can switch off.
Is nutrition a big focus? What’s your go-to meal after a tough run? I love cooking. Nutrition is a big part of our training because of the sheer volume we do. I don’t really limit any foods. I just eat in moderation, with lots of variety. That’s why I like travelling so much. You get to try so many different things.
After a tough session, I’d probably reach for a burger. It’s great to socialize after hard training. We’ll often head out to a local bar or restaurant for some food and drink.
What are your top tips for a speedy recovery after training? Restore your depletion with some food and drink. That’s a must. Then, if it’s the last session of the day, have a bath with some salts and just try to relax.
Who is your ‘team’? My girlfriend and fellow triathlete Sian Rainsley. My training partners and the LTC squad in Leeds. My twin brother, who’s shared a lot of my triathlon success with me. And the rest of my family and friends, too.
What’s the best running advice you’ve received? Take the advice you’d give your younger self or friend.
Apart from triathlon, what are your passions? Travelling, reading fantasy, cooking, beer, rock and alternative music, and camping.
What’s your favorite On gear? The Cloudstratus is so comfy and perfect for my mileage. The first time I lace up the shoe, I was confident it would easily carry me through my training days. I also like the Active-T. I’m a bit old school and like running in cotton. The fit is perfect. It adds a bit of style, too.
Finally, why On? On is going places! It’s really exciting to see its innovation. It really cares about its elite athletes. It’s a tough world to make it pro and sponsors are key in our journey, so seeing what On is doing is awesome. I’m a big fan of the On Athletic Club and proud to be part of the wider On family.