Nikki Bartlett Professional Triathlete: From Rowing to Triathlon

Nikki Bartlett is a professional triathlete from the UK, she has taken a diverse road to triathlon, leaving her life as a rower behind due to injury, she has been racing professionally as a triathlete for 4 years. 

Nikki has now finished on the podium 15 times in the last 4 years, winning her first race as a professional at IRONMAN Lanzarote in May of this year and winning IRONMAN 70.3 Dun Laoghaire on Sunday, her first 70.3 win as a professional athlete.  Nikki is also part of the British Para triathlete team as a guide hoping to make it to Tokyo 2020. 

Nikki Bartlett at IM 70.3 Dun Laoghaire Photo Credit David Kibard/ IRONMAN Ireland

At IRONMAN 70.3 Dun Laoghaire on Sunday, Nikki exited the water in 3rd position 4 minutes down on leading female Lucy Hall (UK), Nikki biked the fastest split of the day for the ladies to make it into transition in 2nd place, however it wasn't until over half way on the run that Nikki bridged the gap to Lucy and went on to win with a 7 minute lead over Lucy who held onto her 2nd place, with Lisa Roberts ( USA) finishing in 3rd position to round out the podium.

Nikki couldn't swim, didn't own a bike and hadn't run for years when she completed her first triathlon, her passion, dedication and positivity are testament to her success as a professional athlete. The episode gives some great insight into Nikki’s life, the high’s the low’s, the pressure to perform and the consistency, confidence and determination it takes to make it to the top step of the podium as a professional female athlete. I hope you enjoy it, we had lots of fun recording it.

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