Brit Rachel Joyce says she was a hyperactive child, which probably explains how as an adult she had the incredible energy required to be both a champion triathlete and a corporate lawyer. Joyce began her sporting life as a swimmer, but in 2005 she grew bored of following the black line and decided to give triathlon a go. Before she quit her legal job in 2008, Joyce would switch from her work suit into spandex so she could cram in training before work, after and during her lunch hours. Sometimes, this meant she was closing a deal at midnight before hopping on her bike for the ten-mile journey home.
Despite such a busy schedule, during this period Joyce won her age group at the inaugural Ironman 70.3 World Championships in 2006 and placed top age grouper at the Ironman 70.3 Monaco relay challenge. Since deciding to dedicate herself to triathlons full-time, Joyce has enjoyed a steady rise in the sport. She placed fifth in her first Ironman in Florida in 2008 in a time of 9:37 and less than a year later crossed the line at the Ironman World Championships in 6th place.
2012 was a breakout year as Joyce won Ironman Kansas 70.3, Ironman Muskoka 70.3, and Challenge Roth, and claimed the European Long Distance Triathlon Championship. She maintained this momentum in 2013 with a win at Ironman Cozumel, Ironman Texas and a second place at the Ironman World Championship in Kona, with the 5th fastest women's time in Kona’s history making her the fourth woman to have broken 9 hours at the event.
2014 has already seen Rachel claim 2nd at Challenge Roth, 2nd Boulder 70.3, and 2nd at IM Kansas. Heading into the 2014 World Championships, she now has four top ten finishes in Kona to her name.
Outside of triathlon, Rachel keeps busy (in all her spare time!) with scuba diving, tennis, skiing, adventuring and Scrabble.