www.islandstats.com will be running a feature on the athletes selected to represent Bermuda during the upcoming Youth Commonwealth Games, today we continue with Cyclist Alyssa Rowse.
Name: Alyssa Rowse
Date of Birth: 24th March, 2000
Q. What is something many people don’t know about you?
A. I am generally shy in new situations but can be quite fearless in new adventures
Q. How did you first get involved in your Sport?
A. I have always taken part in all sports I could since a young age. Then I followed the success my family has had into swimming, which lead into triathlons where I found a passion for cycling. Where today I focus solely on.
Q. Did you have a particular Sports idol?
A. Yes, Flora Duffy because she has showed the world that an athlete from a small island can become a world champion and I find it motivating knowing that it is possible.
Q. When did you realize that you wanted Compete Internationally?
A. I realized I wanted to compete internationally when I started to do well in races locally against adults. Racing internationally has and will allow me to compete against a larger field of competitive woman and girls my age.
Q. What do you feel needs the most improvement?
A. I feel as if everything could use improvement as you can always get better, however for me I would like to improve my sprints and hill climbing.
Q. Which do you feel needs the least improvement?
A. Nothing, as there is always room for improvement.
Q. What one moment in your Sport to date are you most proud of?
A. Mine would have to be my first international event, it was the junior Caribbean cycling championships where I was fortunate enough to win the individual time trial and become a Junior Caribbean Champion. It was a huge accomplishment for me at the time and extremely encouraging to know i'm on the right track for further achievements which are yet to come.
Q. What are your goals for the rest of Year?
A. I am hoping to take part in the Junior Caribbean cycling championships and defend my title. I would also like to increase my average time trial speed to 24mph.
Q. Can you give an insight into an average week of training for you?
A. I normally train 6 times a week totaling , twice a week I do interval training, twice a week I tend to do more endurance/hard rides, once a week a recovery ride and the finally ride is more of a tempo ride.
Q. Is this your first Youth Commonwealth Games?
A. yes as cycling has more restricted ages however I am very excited to be racing at this level of competition.
Q. What do you do when you’re not taking part in your Sport?
A. I usually have school to focus on when I am not training