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Paratriathlete and avid baker Alison Peasgood is hoping to fly full steam ahead into a bumper summer of paratriathlon action, writes Josh Graham.
Peasgood, 34, scooped silver at the Paralympics nearly six years ago but missed out on another medal in the delayed Tokyo Games last year after finishing fourth before securing bronze at the Paratriathlon World Championships.
And after breaking new ground with her favourite hobby by making doughnuts from scratch for the first time, Peasgood is also set to forge a new path in the water, on the bike and on the road.
She is aiming to land a medal when representing Team Scotland for the first time at the Commonwealth Games with her visually impaired classification the sole paratriathlon category included for Birmingham 2022.
“To get a medal at a major Games is always special and for me, it’s been a pretty hard time since Rio really,” explained Peasgood.
“From 2019 onwards, I’ve had a few injuries, setbacks, and illnesses. So, to finally put a good race together, I’ll be happy with that.
“It’s being the best prepared and feeling like I’ve done myself justice and if I can do that then there’s a good chance of that gold medal. But I'll be happier with just putting a race together that I’m proud of.”
The Dunfermline dynamo may be venturing south of the border in July but she does not think that will impact the level of vocal support on offer in the Midlands.
Peasgood added: “It’s such a unique opportunity to represent Scotland. I thought it was something I’d never really get the chance to do, so it will be pretty cool and I’m looking forward to it.
“It will still be a home Games so the fact my family can actually come and see me is pretty cool.
“I think the support will be crazy in Birmingham because the crowds we had at Leeds for the World Series race last year was beyond anything we’ve ever had apart from Rio.”
Following shortly on from the Commonwealth Games is Britain’s first-ever standalone World Triathlon Para Series event in Swansea in August, where Peasgood is expecting an even sterner test.
But having finished last year with a bang, claiming bronze at the World Triathlon Para Championships in Abu Dhabi in November, Peasgood has enjoyed a solid winter, staying injury free and appointing husband Jack as her coach while training with two guides - in Hazel Macleod and Brooke Gillies - who are both based in Scotland.
She explained: “The Commonwealth Games and Swansea are right after each other, it’s going to be such an exciting couple of weeks.
“The atmosphere is hopefully going to be just as good at both, so we are going to have two races where the crowd support is amazing with a high standard of racing.
“Hopefully in Swansea there will be even greater competition because it’s the world, not just the Commonwealth.
“It feels like I’ve had a really good and consistent winter. Different from before, but it will be interesting to see how that translates into racing.”
Swim, bike, run in Britain will have a 2022 to remember with AJ Bell 2022 World Triathlon Championship Series Leeds on 11-12 June, triathlon and paratriathlon at Birmingham Commonwealth Games on 29 and 31 July, and Volvo 2022 World Triathlon Para Series Swansea on 6 August. https://www.britishtriathlon.org/events/major-events