If anyone deserves a good wedge of cake and a glug of wine, it’s Eastbourne’s top triathlete Yvette Grice.
Yvette’s 2013 season came to an end with a sixth place finish from a high-class field at the challenge Barcelona last week.
It was a gruelling end to the season for 33-year-old having completed four full iron distance races in the last 12 weeks.
An ironman triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2-mile (42.2 km) run, raced in that order and without a break.
Yvette will train for 30 hours each week to ensure she is in tip-top condition to take on the best triathletes in the world. On a good day she will breeze through the three disciplines in around nine-hours.
This year the Bodyworks XTC athlete finishedsixth in Barcelona, second in Henley, third in Vitoria, South Africa and sixth in Roth, Germany.
Yvette triumphed at the Brett Ashford Triathlon with a first place finish before a 16th in Majorca and 12th in the heat of Mexico. Speaking on Tuesday at the University of Brighton, Yvette said, “It’s been a very busy but very enjoyable year.
“Roth was my most pleasing result. Everyone gets behind it and it’s just a fabulous atmosphere.”
Yvette has also taken in Hawaii, South Africa, Mexico and Australia but she remains grateful to her home town club Bodyworks XTC for helping her to compete on the world stage.
She added, “Bodyworks have helped me a lot. Glen Cook is the main coach and he has coached me for seven years.
“Training with the talent that is in that team has really helped me.
“It’s been brilliant, I really enjoy the environment, it’s a great training environment.”
Despite her fine achievements this season, Yvette plans to make the necessary improvements in order to be on the podiums more often next season - but only after indulging in a few of life’s little luxuries.
“I have had two weeks off and I have just been eating cake and drinking wine so I feel really unfit but you need a break before getting going again.
“I will do a few cross countries over the winter and work on my cycling before my first ironman event in South Africa in April.”