My name is Lucy Piper and I’m a copywriter based in Melbourne Australia. This is my blog about triathlon training, running, swimming and cycling in general. If you appreciate my haphazard writing, and need similar content for your own blog or website, then drop me a line at lucypiper(dot)copy(at)gmail(dot)com as I’d be happy to help (in between running, riding and swimming).

I’m a brand ambassador for these guys:

Lucy Piper_Coeur Sports

They create awesome sportswear for women in triathlon, running, cycling, and swimming. And like the name suggests, they have a very big heart. So make sure you visit http://www.coeursports.com to take a look for your next tri kit ladies!

Random fact about me that (partly) explains my photo below:

Shackleton is my hero.

I have decided to train for an Ironman triathlon in March 2013.  I hope that the ultimate endurance event will make made me feel a bit more like my hero.

Me, as Sir Shackleton.

And here are some results from previous expeditions:

Ironman distance:

Ironman Asia Pacific (Melbourne) March 2013 (10:39:10)

Half iron distance:

Geelong Long Course Triathlon Feb 2013 (5:11:19)

Canberra 70.3 December 2012 (5:17:57)

Misc Running Results:

Run Melbourne Half Marathon 2012 (1:34:01)

City2Sea 14km 2011 (1:04:28)

Run for the Kids 14.38km 2012 (1:08:14) – (running as a last minute fill-in with someone else’s bib)

Run for the Kids 14.38km 2011 (1:11:04) – 

Run Melbourne Half Marathon 2011 (1:52:29)

Run Melbourne Half Marathon 2009 (1:55:44)

Falls Creek Half Marathon Trail Run (1:57:03)

Great Ocean Rd 45km Marathon:(42.2km – 4:00:22, 45km 4:18:30)

XO Size Race 2 Enduro Sprint Triathlon 2012

XO Size Race 1 Sprint Triathlon 2012

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Falls Creek Half-Marathon Trail Run 2011

Finishing the Great Ocean Rd 45km

62 thoughts on “About

  1. […] few years ago I started following a blogger who may have mentioned once or twice that Shackleton is her hero.  At the time I was like, pfft, […]

  2. Hi Lucy! I finished my first sprint triathlon — thanks for your blog and everything you do. You’re a great inspiration!

    • CONGRATULATIONS!!! How did it go? Would love to hear all about it – what the biggest challenges were or what you would do differently? Well done and thanks for reading! What’s next?? 😀

      • I did fine. My only goal was to finish, and I did the whole thing without stopping. I wish I trained more consistently. I was on a short turn, going from the couch to the race in two months, and around week 6 I had to travel out of town for a week and never got back on track. Plus I started asking myself “why am I doing this,” etc.. Your last post on motivation helped there, by the way 🙂 .

        The biggest challenge, really, was fitting in training around work, writing, and real life. I sometimes work long hours and I write a lot. I know there are people out there with kids and busier lives than I have, and I don’t know how they do it.

        I was most scared of the swim at first, but it was in a pool and only 250 yards, so I got over that. I trained on stationary bikes for most of the time because my bike was long overdue for new tires and a tuneup. I hadn’t run since my twenties, but I still remember how to stick it out through fatigue.

        I’d say my favorite part of the experience was just being out there doing something physical, just because I enjoy it, for two hours. I wasn’t there for money, or because I had to be, or for any other reason… just because I like to swim, bike and run.

        I would love to have done more yoga alongside the tri training. It helps recovery, flexibility, and body awareness. I would join a tri training club so that it would be social and fun. I’d train for four or more months rather than two, build up some real fitness and try to do a stronger swim or run. I’m happy to just enjoy the view on the bike leg 🙂 .

        In the near term, I’ll be swimming a lot more. I didn’t realize how much I missed that. Then volleyball. The gym where I trained does drop-in vball on Tuesday nights. I’m nervous about doing an open water tri. I’ve heard that it’s a “contact sport,” and one of the racers I met yesterday said it’s not “that terrible,” which didn’t reassure me that much! Still thinking about it, though. The racer I met told me about a club she knew. Maybe I’ll talk to them and see what they say.

  3. ladyjsays says:

    Lucy – you’re so cool and bright and GOOD! Thanks for reading my blog and for being awesome!

  4. Lucy,
    Your blog and website are just as charismatic as your smile. It’s refreshing to see such a happy runner! I now know that I’m way too serious. I like that you let your followers know that you are a Copy Writer and that you can help us in that regard. Also, looking at your race times I think you can help many of us in that area too :). I look forward to reading more and learning lots. Thank-you for your support.

  5. albrechtmba says:

    Some pretty quick times there. Hopefully 2014 sees you getting back to those.

  6. Ann Mackay says:

    I was so meant to cross paths with you LUCy…you’ve re-ignited my want/need to have a go at a triathlon. You go girl ….i’ll be watchin all the way !!!!!!!!

  7. alexnberra says:

    Cool site, best of luck with your training. Shackleton was the original, can you imagine if he lived now and trained as an endurance athlete, he would crush it.

  8. amandaattard says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m so glad you did, because yours is pretty inspirational. It’s just what I needed to read after finishing my first Noosa triathlon 🙂

    • Ah shucks, that’s so sweet 🙂 I had a few friends up in Noosa racing which is why your post caught my eye! I would love to race it one year – will you be entering again?

      • amandaattard says:

        As I was doing the run I was thinking that maybe Triathlons are not for me, but now one week later I have entered Kingscliff tri which is in three weeks. Noosa entries open next week, and I’ll be entering :0
        It’s a great race, awesome atmosphere and crowd support.

  9. Alana says:

    Holy crap! You’re incredible! Seriously. In-fucking-credible, please excuse my language.

  10. Hi, I just w’d like to say that I really like your blog. It encouraged me to actually start training again. I have written a post on my blog about that. You’re welcome to look at it! It’s titled: Running and 100 push-ups: should I think about triathlon? Thanks and keep going with the good work. Andre

    • Thanks Andre – I loved reading about it in your blog and I will be following your progress! I’ve read a lot about the 100 push-ups challenge – have you ever read Joel Runyon’s blog ‘Impossible HQ’? (you can find it here http://impossiblehq.com/blog) but he talks about the 100 push ups challenge, you’ll just have to search around through the articles. Best of luck buddy and keep me posted with your progress! Thanks so much for reading 🙂

  11. […] on this path until last July when I read a blog here at WordPress called Pipe Down Piper written by Lucy Piper. The post that took my attention was entitled Rapha Women’s 100 Melbourne, where Lucy describes […]

  12. claudia says:

    Allan (I think he is your step dad) forwarded me your blog and I have to admit I am hooked on your writing (I guess that’s something to expect from a copy writer). Lucy, looking at the pics with that enormous smile, I can’t fathom you were not smiling in Las Vegas?? But then gain, the pain!! I am a runner too so I know what you mean. All the best for a successful, fun and enjoyable 2013/2014 season and many more to come!

    • Hi Claudia – thanks so much for reading! I’m glad Allan forwarded it to you – what are your next running events? Let me know how you go, and thanks for the lovely message – great to hear from you 🙂

  13. Kathy3Howe says:

    Glad I found your blog! It’s fun to read. Random question?? How did you shave almost 20 minutes off your half marathon time from 2011-2012? I am trying to get my half marathon times under 2:00 or 1:45 would be ideal… but I am stuck! Tips? Thanks 🙂
    ~Kathy (madison, wi)

    • Hi Kathy – love your blog, I just headed over to take a look so will definitely keep following your journey! In answer to your question: the honest truth is that I did very few running KMs in the lead up to my half marathon PB; I cycled heavily for the months running up to it, and my runs were three times a week – two very short and intense, and one longer (but only up to about 15km). I didn’t feel prepared come race day for the half marathon due to having done no specific training for it – the race was meant to be just a training run, and I didn’t have any kind of taper for it. Perhaps that was half the battle, just having no pressure attached to the race, and zero expectations. But when I make an assessment of the training I did beforehand, I think the key was getting fitness form the bike, and running very fast short runs instead of high volume. I’m not sure if there’s much science behind that, but it seemed to work! However, I will probably never run close to that time again – it was a very transcendant point in my training! Good luck, and let me know how you go in terms of improvement. Sub 2:00 is something great to aim for, and its what Im hoping to achieve at Vegas in a couple of weeks (if I actually make it through the whole run!). Thanks for the question, hope this helps 🙂

  14. Jim Brennan says:

    The best part about these pictures is that there is a smile on your face on every single one, which tells me you are doing exactly the right thing. Keep it going.

  15. AprilRuns says:

    Shackleton your hero, just like mine – the one guy who never lost a man during an expedition. The one guy whose endurance was never outperformed…

  16. Monica says:

    Hi and thanks for following my blog. I am into running but so far have only done 5ks. I would love to venture into something bigger, but I’m afraid of failing. Finishing an Ironman would be a huge accomplishment for me but right now the fear of tackling something that big is keeping me from trying it. I plan on following your blog and hopefully I will get inspired to begin. I have no idea where to even start….

    • Hi Monica – thanks for stopping by! 5km is awesome, and that was my first ever target distance when I first started running. Once you start ticking it off, you’ll find you can run further and further – keep up the good work and love following your story 🙂

  17. alchemyrider says:

    Thank you for following my blog Lucy. I have tremendous admiration for triathletes. Even more so Ironmen and Ironwomen. Congratulations.

    Let me know if you get to Kuala Lumpur.


  18. isaac976 says:

    Hi Lucy, thanks for dropping by and liking my post, will tweet you up on my twitter account. stay cool and happy training !


  19. So happy to have found your blog. LOVE your story. I’ll be in Melbourne too – I’ll keep an eye out for you!!! I hope you LOVE it.

    • Thanks Ironchick! I’ve been reading your blog for a long time so I’m very flattered that you enjoyed reading – good luck at Melbourne, I’m absolutely cacking my pants with nerves… 🙂

  20. lehorse says:

    Hi thanks for folowing my blog and always good to find a good Tri blog

  21. Wishing all the best with your training and upcoming Ironman! Whoo hoo! Love your blog. Thanks for following me. Please do share what you learn along the way with respect to training and nutrition and I’ll share back. I have a fanpage too also called The Hungry Athlete. Cheers! Pim

  22. FernandaGratton says:

    Thanks for following my blog, loving yours! Follow me on Facebook 🙂 http://www.facebook.com/newbiefit

  23. […] I follow some great blogs, and as a result, pick up some great advice.  Some people just say things perfectly, like Lucy Piper: […]

  24. Great blog Lucy!
    I’m just getting started on my training for this summer’s event (N. Hemisphere) so you’re helping me a lot. Keep up the good work and I look forward to hearing how you get on.

  25. bgddyjim says:

    I can’t remember if I ever let you know this, but your nickname is awesome. I chuckle a little bit every time I see it. Makes my day.

  26. swimbikeread says:

    Hi. I nominated you for the Liebster Award. I hope you don’t mind. I’m interested in learning more about you and introducing your blog to others, and thought this would be a good way.

  27. cathyn61 says:

    I’m currently training for Port Mac 70.3 in Oct. the last time I did an IM was back in 2004 at Forster. A bit rusty!

    Good luck!

  28. GUILLE says:

    Hi! I just started a completely different blog. And you may be interested. As a matter of fact, a lot of different people may be interested. Check it out @ http://greatofficetips.wordpress.com/ . Please let me know what you think. Cheers, Gilly

  29. GUILLE says:

    I’m in Perth. Will do CityToSurf 2012 (again) and IM Melbourne 2013.


  30. GUILLE says:

    Which IM are you doing? Melbourne?

  31. Jules says:

    So much for training Young Lucy – is there not an unwritten rule somewhere that – “When in training lay off the booze!!” – hugs and slush Jules xx

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