Nutrition is also key, something that Lawrence herself is looking to nail in 2015. “As I’m relatively new to it, it’s a hard mentality to think, ‘Right, I’ve got to eat now.’ I’ve raced with a full drinks bottle before, got off the bike and realised I’d not actually drunk anything. But that’s really important, especially in a hot race.
“I use High5 and I try and have bits of the energy bar as well as gels because gels can get a bit samey, so just make sure you have enough without getting too full up that it makes you have any problems. Part of it’s finding a brand that you actually like to have, instead of having to force it down. I’m quite lucky with my product. I order my gels so that when I take them they’re all different, so it’s a bit more exciting and I don’t feel sick.”
With Wimbleball, Zell am See and HyVee set as key races on her 2015 calendar, does Lawrence see the Big Island in her future?
“Long term, at the moment, it’s definitely about 70.3. I’d like to get as good as I can at that and then maybe go full distance. I don’t want to get the Ironman shuffle quite yet!”
Holly Lawrence is sponsored by Compressport, Ridley, Pearl Izumi and Lazer through Madison