In the exhilarating world of athletic prowess, we had the incredible opportunity to sit down with Team GB's formidable athlete, Suzie Cave. A powerhouse, inspiration and true role model for empowering women!

 Suzie’s journey is nothing short of inspiring. Join us as we delve into the depths of her passion, dedication, and the unwavering spirit that propels her towards victory. This exclusive interview unveils the triumphs, challenges, and the indomitable spirit that defines an extraordinary Team GB athlete.


  What inspired you to pursue your sport at such a high level?

 I saw modern pentathlon for the first time on TV during the Athens Olympics and thought it looked amazing. The all-round athlete a combination of skill, endurance, power, and mental strength. I could ride and run well. But couldn't swim, shoot, fence. Mum was a fencer so that helped. It took me a good number of years to talk myself into it. But after a long career in horses, I decided to take the plunge at 30. Better late than never 😂


 Can you share a memorable moment from your team GB journey?

Taking up the sport so late, I always felt on catch up. Most of my competitors had full progression from youth to juniors to seniors (spanning 15 years at least). I had 3 years in the sport when I won the British title in 2019 for Triathle (part of pentathlon consisting of run, swim, shoot). This confirmed my progression into elite level and proved to me I belonged there. That same year I went on to win European bronze and 5th at World Championships. Was a special year.



    How do you handle the pressure of competing on such a grand stage?

It can feel overwhelming at times. But I'm lucky to have a strong support network around me. We make sure I'm as prepared to the best of our abilities, all the hard work is done, the competition is the fun bit. When I'm prepared, I feel confident and focused which helps deal with pressure.


  What role does mental preparation play in your training routine?

mental preparation is massive. And can set competitors apart. Physically we are all training as hard as one another to get to that level. But your mental state on the day is what can really set you apart. Fencing is a mental game with that eye to combat. So is shooting, staying calm to take your shots while your HR is sky high from running and your competitors are chasing you. So, we focus on this as much in training as we do the physical aspects. It also plays a massive part in day-to-day training and keeping you consistent, getting you through off days, injuries etc.


  Can you describe a typical day in your training regimen?

  I work full time (9-5) so I have to work my training around this. Often means training before and after work and on lunch breaks. Most days are 2-3 sessions. Typical day would be work to lunch time, swim at lunch break, work to 5pm. Then evening training, which is either track, fencing or gym depending on the day. I will add in shoot sessions the odd evening. Usually when I wfh (2 days) and at weekends. Used to be pellet shooting, but now we shoot laser with an electronic target, which means I can set up at home. Weekends, usually Sat, we combine as many of the disciplines as possible.




 How do you stay motivated during challenging times or setbacks?

This happens more than I like to admit. It's funny because there are days when I'm not motivated at all, but I do it. So, I'd say discipline keeps me consistent. I know what I want and what needed to be done to get it. Injuries are tough. Mentally more so. So, I make sure I have a plan. I use the time to reconnect with friends and family too and other aspects of my life that usually take a back seat. I had a major health setback last year which affected my training, performance, and ability. But I finished the year making pbs. I just kept looking forward, focusing on the things I could control, not what I couldn't.


What is the most crucial piece of advice you would give to aspiring athletes?

If starting out in a sport, you may feel tempted to train as much as you can to progress as fast as possible. But I have learned the importance of recovery in my development. And that doing more doesn't mean more progress. Also don't let age be a limiting factor, if you want to do it, give it a go.


   How has your training routine evolved over the years?

my training routine has changed a lot over the years as we've learned more about my body, what it can withstand and how we can get the best from it. For example, we will tend to work in blocks of a hard few weeks followed with an easy wk. This is to allow my body to recover, adapt and absorb the training. Things work differently for different people, but for me this had a huge impact on injury and burn out reduction.


 What role does sports apparel play in your performance, and how do you choose the right gear?

plays a big role, both physically and mentally. In terms of making, you feel comfortable and confident while training. And, in terms of mechanics and aiding your training, offering you the right support. For me the right trainers are a must, to give me the stability while training. And the right clothing in terms of feel and cut and its durability to be washed multiple times 😂. That's why I love Exsto gear.


  Can you share a favourite quote or mantra that keeps you focused and motivated?

 Don't wait until you're confident to show up. Show up until you're confident.