Nick Lindsay - Three minute interview

OS employee and #GetOutside Champion Nick Lindsay has pledged this year to swim, bike & run 4,000 miles in training for the triathlon season. Find out more about why he loves to #GetOutside

OS employee and #GetOutside Champion Nick Lindsay has pledged this year to swim, bike & run 4,000 miles in training for the triathlon season. As an enthusiastic triathlete Nick believes the sport provides a different challenge for swimmers, cyclists and runners and introduces the unique dynamics of a ‘mass participation multiple discipline sport. As a co-founder of the Winchester Macmillan charity triathlon, the ‘Winchester PPP’, Nick has helped over 2,500 novice triathletes take their first steps in the sport.

How does it feel to have been chosen as a #GetOutside Champion?

Immense pride to be associated with such a strong brand linked to the Great British landscape, and to be able to help encourage others to try #GetOutside adventures.

What does being a #GetOutside champion mean to you?

I’m really excited about sharing my passion for triathlon, and to show how training can take you to some beautiful places, often in your own backyard. It’s not all about pool swim and miles of road and bike training sessions. Go ‘off piste’ to discover some great sights and you’ll find the miles pass much quicker.

What are the benefits to you of being outside?

It’s a great way to keep life’s challenges in perspective. Once you’re in a ‘training zone’ your mind can be set free to wonder through stuff and come to a place where you feel more settled. It’s much easier to achieve this surrounded by beautiful countryside rather than in a gym or pool.

What do you most enjoy about being outside?

Having the time to appreciate the natural beauty that’s on our doorsteps. Rush by car and you’ll never know it’s there. Jump on your bike and you’ll soon discover quiet country lanes. Put on your running trainers and bridle paths and tracks will take you some great adventures. Ironically training enables you to slow down the pace of life! Getting close to the natural environment is another big plus. Dawn runs along a tow path has revealed kingfishers, water voles and new born ducklings & signets. Deer, badgers and owls have occasionally kept me company on dawn / dusk bike rides.

What’s your best memory of being outside?

Too many choices! Perhaps my favourite would be lake swimming after work. Stressful day in the office, rush hour traffic to get to the lake. Wetsuit on, wading into the lake, the chill of the water as you set off. Then the absolute tranquillity as you swim. Building up a rhythm, the warmth on the sun’s rays, then gradually feeling the cooling air temperature as the sun begins to set. Perfect way to end the day

What’s your worst?

Wet windy days on the bike! 100km sportive in the New Forest. Wet when we started, cold, very wet when we finished. Sometimes the great outdoors isn’t so great….. Still a warming feeling of satisfaction crossing the finish line.

Where is your favourite place in Great Britain to be outside?

Swimming off the Jurassic coastline.

What are your favourite outdoor pursuits?

Swimming, cycling and trail running.

How would you describe the feeling being outside gives you?

Alive, free, life-balance.

When you’re outside how do you change as a person?

I’m more at ease with myself & strangers. Relaxed with a smile

Why should people #GetOutside more often?

It’s where you feel alive

What would you say to someone who never goes outside to get them outside?

Try it, there’s something there for everyone

Why as a nation are we not getting outside as much as we could?

Time pressure. Thinking it’s harder than it is – perception that it’s not for me. More immediate forms of entertainment. Oh and the weather!

What are the most important things a person should do or take when they #GetOutside?

Food, drink, suitable clothing, maps or a navigation device, a phone with a full charge, money, appropriate eyewear. Check the weather forecast the night before and in the morning for good measure. It can and normally will change so be prepared! If going out alone, let someone know your plans.

What tips or pieces of advice would you give to someone who wants to get more out of being #Outside?

Join a club to get some early guidance and encouragement. Find your feet, you’ll be surprised how many share your concerns & pre-conceptions. But the reward of overcoming these in a group is huge.

Before you became a #GetOutside Champion, describe your relationship with Ordnance Survey.

Maps (paper & digital) have always featured in my life, although I was renowned for getting lost. Gained the nickname ‘sherpa’ after losing the route on a guided cycle challenge…. But with a combination of GPS devices, mobile and paper maps I’ve managed to improve and navigation ‘nouse’.

What are your backpack essentials?

Backpacks don’t really feature but as a general rule food & hydration dominate – gels & chews for a run, energy bar & banana for a ride.

What’s your favourite food when you are outside?

Flapjacks, yum yum !!


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