Stages Athlete: Helen Jenkins
HOMEBASE: Bridgend, UK
Helen has competed at three different Olympic Games. She has achieved more ITU World Triathlon Series podium finishes than any other British woman and has won the ITU world title twice. She secured Rio 2016 Olympic selection with a dramatic win over ITU World Champion, Gwen Jorgensen, at the ITU World Triathlon Series event in the Gold Coast. She reached the podium at two further ITU World Series occasions in 2016, finishing third in Abu Dhabi and Stockholm.
In the London 2012 Olympics, Helen achieved what was the highest performance ever by a British woman at an Olympic Games when she finished 5th. She was in medal contention up to the final stages when the four other athletes in the lead group began to pull away.
Helen was the ITU World Champion in 2011, having won the title in Beijing, as well as also having won the title in 2008 on a cold, rainy day in Vancouver. She won the 2008 title as Helen Tucker before her marriage to fellow British Triathlon Olympian and coach, Marc Jenkins.
Helen Jenkins Rides
FAVORITE DASH FEATURE: It’s reliable and easy to use. I live having my average watts on display for harder rides. When I am riding easy I don’t always look at power, recording the time of ride or distance is more important on the easy days.
HOW STAGES SUPPORTS TRAINING GOALS: Stages links to my coaches training peaks account. It’s such useful data and I know if my levels are improving and getting closer to where they need to be. The SB20 is great for programmed sessions and a great indoor tool. I love how specific we can get in training sessions when you have power data to use. The specificity helps me to improve.
HOW SHE GOT INTO THE SPORT: I started triathlon at about 15, I was lucky to find it. Originally I was a swimmer and a friend’s dad who swam in the club introduced me to it, he was the Welsh Coach at the time. I didn’t think I’d make the Olympic as a swimmer but I loved training and was also already running. I was average as a junior but as soon as I turned senior and entered my first world cups I came 2nd and 3rd in my first 2 races against the best in the World. That was it, it turned out to be my career and 3 Olympics, 2 World Titles and 2 children later I am still racing and love what I am fortunate to be able to do.
FAVORITE HYPE SONG: ACDC, Thunderstruck
PIECE OF GEAR YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Headphones
FAVORITE POST RACE CELEBRATION: Think now it will be different than ever before, hug the kids!
– Winner of the 2016 ITU World Triathlon Gold Coast;
– 3rd place at the 2016 ITU World Triathlon Stockholm;
– 3rd place at the 2016 ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi;
– 4th place at the 2016 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel;
– 14th place at the 2016 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg;
– 19th place at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games; and
– 19th place at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.