Andy Lewis, 32, started his tri career just last year as a member of Triathlon England’s talent squad before graduating into the GB paratriathlon squad.
Do you have a nemesis in your category?
For me, every competitor deserves respect to be competing at that level with a disability. But when the horn goes on race day, it’s just me, my bike and my blade.
What would you say are your biggest strengths and weaknesses in paratri?
I’m very focused on what I want. I’m a big team player but my strengths lie in my planning and motivation. I’ve made massive gains in the swim.
My weakness is possibly worrying about things I can’t control. However with the support of Steve Casson my coach I can refocus my energy very quickly.
How much does your disability affect you in training?
Due to me using my good leg a lot it becomes very tired and has to be managed very carefully. But I also suffer quite badly with sores on my stumps.
I don’t get funding or sponsorship for my prosthetics so when this happens I need to spend a lot of time getting it right.
How do you balance family, work and training?
This is the hardest thing for me to manage, as I find leaving my family at times of need really difficult. My wife has been so strong with me but trying to explain to a one-year-old that daddy has to go away is hard.
I gave up my job to become a full-time athlete (something I never thought I could say), so my family know why I’m doing it. But as a dad, sometimes I wish I could do normal dad things, it’s just hard to fit it all in.
Who or what inspires you most on a bad training day?
Hard one that. I would say when I’m in Loughbourgh and I’m not having a bad day, Joe Townsend. We get along really well and he always makes me laugh.
But when I’m at home it’s my wife and kids. Coming home after a bad day and seeing their faces always makes me smile.
Paralympic category classifications
PT1 Wheelchair users. Athletes use a recumbent handcycle on the bike course and a racing wheelchair on the run segment.
PT2 Athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia and/or athethosis, impaired muscle power or range of movement. In both bike and run segments, amputee athletes may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices.
PT4 As above but with less severe impairment.
PT5 Total or partial visual impairment, competes with a guide.
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