British IRONMAN Champion on committing to professional triathlon and chasing a T100 Tour wildcard

Ruth Astle is not counting anything out as she prepares for her first race as a full-time professional athlete.

Staff Reporter
Last updated -

Despite finishing fifth at an IRONMAN World Championship in 2022 and recording a number of professional wins, British long distance athlete Ruth Astle has never been a full-time triathlete, until now.

Having given up her job with Lloyd’s Bank, the 34-year-old is now fully committed to the sport and shared what her first few weeks of full-time triathlon have been like in a recent YouTube video.

Additionally, the PTO World #83 gave an update on her fitness after an injury hit 2023 and revealed why she still hopes to be offered a wildcard slot to the next T100 Triathlon World Tour race in Singapore next month.


“I’m not expecting it to be that different”

Whilst she can now call herself a “proper professional athlete”, Astle admitted that it hasn’t quite sunk in yet that she is all in on the sport, sharing that she believes the process will take some time.

Ruth Astle St George finish line 2022 photo credit Tom Pennington Getty Images for IRONMAN
[Photo credit: Tom Pennington / Getty Images for IRONMAN]

“Finally a proper professional athlete. The timing of when I lined it all up, having done it after a month in Spain anyway as opposed to after a week working my Lloyd’s job, has made it not feel that different yet.

“I think over the next few weeks it will feel different, as by then it’ll be quite a long time since I’ll have done any Lloyd’s work and I’ll get to my first month without a pay check, which will obviously be different!

“I’m not expecting it to be that different going forward, I just think there will be some weeks where it’ll hit me that I don’t have to think anything else outside of triathlon.” 

“It could be a last minute trip”

Preparing to fly out to Nice for a camp on the IRONMAN World Championship course, Astle revealed a rough plan for the first part of the season, but said she was still also waiting for a last minute phone call from the PTO.

“I was hoping that I might get a Singapore wildcard, mainly because I quite fancy a trip to Singapore, but training has been going really well and I feel quite fit, so I was kind of hoping I would get the opportunity to race there.

“The start lists have come out and I haven’t so that’s a shame, but who knows, there could some more withdrawals, so it could be a last minute trip!”

With more than half the contracted professionals on the women’s side already not racing in Singapore on April 13-14, don’t be surprised if the Brit is a last minute call-up, as the second stop of the 2024 T100 Tour heads to South East Asia next month.

Tomos Land
Written by
Tomos Land
Tomos Land is a triathlon & running journalist whose expertise lies in the professional world of short course & long distance triathlon, though he also boasts an extensive knowledge of ultra-running.


In episode 1 of our new SBRX Show we sit down with ultra runners and coaches Kim and Jayson Cavill to get their take on the Barkley Marathons and triathlon & trail running gear reviews, training tips and more
Discover more
Anne Haug wins IRONMAN Lanzarote 2024
Anne Haug bounces back with SENSATIONAL season opener at IRONMAN Lanzarote
Jenny Lucas-Hill wearing the Sumarpo vanguard triathlon wetsuit
Sumarpo Vanguard triathlon and swimming wetsuit review – Can it challenge the mainstream tri wetsuit brands?
sea swimming sumarpo triathlon wetsuit
How to get faster at open water swimming – triathlon swim training tips to up your race pace
Challenge St. Pölten 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
Best middle distance triathlon bike courses – from the fastest courses to the most epic scenery
Challenge St. Pölten 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
Five reasons to race Challenge St. Pölten – kickstart your race season with this scenic middle distance triathlon
latest News
Lauren Steadman speaking microphone
The Lauren Steadman Story: From ‘Strictly’ to ‘Who Dares Wins’, an incredible triathlete AND TV superstar
Georgia Taylor-Brown wins WTCS Cagliari 2023
WTCS Cagliari a golden vision as triathlon’s medal superstars plot route to more Olympic Games glory
Georgia Taylor-Brown WTCS Yokohama 2023 finish
WTCS Cagliari: Full women’s start list as Georgia Taylor-Brown chases third successive victory
Alex Yee swim WTCS Cagliari 2022
WTCS Cagliari: Full men’s start list as Alex Yee and Hayden Wilde go head-to-head
American Skye Moench takes the tape at IRONMAN Florida 2023
American Ironman record holder makes pregnancy announcement
triathlon on your terms
Never miss out with our triathlon alerts & digest. Get a dose of adventure & inspiration with Boundless.
Invalid email address
The SBRX Group

Proudly elevating endurance sports through content, products & services

Share to...