"It's like a jigsaw. I swam this morning at 05:50, did the school run, and still got to work early… You have to make time rather than find it".
Helly’s ability to seamlessly integrate various facets of her life reflects the meticulous planning that underpins her pursuit of athletic achievement.
She isn't impervious to the challenges of pushing physical limits. "I break quite easily, so I have to be careful," she candidly shares, providing a glimpse into the vulnerability and openness accompanies her pushing the envelope - striving for success - balancing training AND recovery.
A good night's sleep is coveted. For Helly, it's a battle that has persisted since her A&E days 20 years ago. But she knows the value and addresses her needs with a few self imposed routines. Getting to bed early - despite being teased by her loving family - and disconnecting the world beyond her family, "I avoid my phone because social media causes anxiety when I'm tired. I'm aware of the feeling and I choose to do something about it" Her deliberate choice to disconnect underscores the importance of sleep preparation in an era of constant connectivity.