Rachel Joyce

Rach and (with thanks to my sister and IM Talk) “Joycenator”


16 June 1978

Law & Politics LLB from University of Birmingham

Professional Triathlete


Training Bases:
Winter: Lanzarote & Fueteventura
Spring/Summer: Boulder, CO

A swimmer by background, in 2005 Rachel grew bored of following the black line and so decided to give triathlon a go: the natural next step for a 50m specialist in the pool!  An attorney at law by day, Rachel would switch her work suit for spandex during her lunch hours as well as pre and post work to fit in training where she could.  Sometimes this meant closing a deal at midnight and hopping on her bike for the ten mile journey home through the city. Whilst working as a lawyer Rachel achieved some promising age group results:  including winning her age group at the inaugural Ironman 70.3 World Championships in 2006 and placing top age grouper at Ironman 70.3 Monaco.  In 2008 Rachel took the plunge and resigned from her job at London city law firm, Taylor Wessing (www.taylorwessing.com) to give her best shot at being a professional triathlete.  Since then Rachel has enjoyed a steady rise in the sport.  She placed fifth in her first Ironman, Ironman Florida in 2008 in a time of 9:37 and less than a year later was crossing the line at the Ironman World Championships in 6th place (her first time racing on the Big Island).  She now has six top ten finishes in Kona to her name (6th:2009, 5th:2010, 4th:2011, 2nd:2013, 3rd:2014, 2nd:2015), a world title and three Iron distance titles (Ironman Lanzarote 2011, Challenge Roth 2012, Ironman Texas 2013 and Ironman Cozumel 2013).  Her finish time in Challenge Roth (8:45:03) also puts her down as the fifth fastest woman over the Iron distance and is one of only 4 women to finish in sub-9hours at the Ironman World Championships (8:57:28).

London was “home” for  10 years but now Rachel has moved Stateside and lives year round in Boulder, Colorado.  She has been coached by Julie Dibens since the end of 2014.  Her ambition in the sport is to win Kona as well as tick off a few “bucket list” races she has on her list….Wildflower, Ironman Lake Placid, St Croix 70.3 and Escape from Alcatraz to name a few.

Outside triathlon Rachel is known to be up for a challenge and this has seen her race in 3 degree C waters in the European Cold Water Swimming Championships, where she took the 25 metres breaststroke title in 2004.  She also volunteered to be a “buddy swimmer” to a friend on her English Channel crossing.  This involved 6 hours of swimming in the 16 degree waters…no wetsuit. In fact, it’s almost the law that she has to jump into any cold body of water that she comes across including Loch Ness, Loch Tay, the chilly waters of San Francisco Bay and the Irish Sea.  When not biking, running and swimming Rachel can usually be found sniffing out new coffee joints, with her nose in a book, baking up a storm in the kitchen or sleeping.  She also writes occasionally for Triathlete and has a monthly column in Triathlete Europe.

Other things you maybe don’t need to know about Rachel:

  • Favourite food:  A toss up between chocolate and beetroot….or best, both combined in cake
  • Favourite music to train to:  Girl Talk or a Nextmen podcast
  • Favourite session:  40×100 in the pool, long ride on the bike and speedy interval run session on the treadmill
  • Favourite training venue:  Boulder, France or Lanzarote….the list could go on
  • Favourite sports (non-triathlon):  Scuba diving, tennis, skiing, adventuring and Scrabble

Ironman World Championships 2015 |  2nd Place

Ironman World Championships 2013  |  2nd Place

Ironman World Championships 2014 |  3rd Place

Ironman Texas 2013 |  1st (Course record)

Ironman Cozumel 2013  |  1st Place

ITU World Long Course Tri. Championships 2011 | World Champion

Challenge Roth 2012 | 1st

Ironman Lanzarote 2011 | 1st

Ironman Melbourne 2012 | 2nd

Ironman World Championships 2011 | 4th

Ironman World Championships 2010 | 5th

Ironman World Championships 2009 | 6th

Ironman 70.3 Kansas | 1st

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