The Fledgling Pro
In 2010, two years into her pro career, Joyce debuted as a member of 2005 Ironman world champion Faris Al-Sultan’s Abu Dhabi Triathlon Team.
Joyce: I was petrified, thinking, “Oh my god, it’s Faris Al-Sultan!” I’m a little bit more confident now, but I was like: “I don’t even think I can ride with these people.” And they’d gotten my name the wrong way ‘round on my bike. It said “Joyce Rachel,” but I didn’t dare say anything.
Andi Boecherer (Ironman 70.3 European champion and Joyce’s former teammate): The first time that I met her, we gathered in front of the hotel with the team in Abu Dhabi. She was very friendly and smiling, but her helmet was a little bit moved to one side and she sat on the bike like a tourist, her knees going outward. I just thought, “Oh my god, she is a total age grouper!” I was kind of doubting Faris’ decision to get Rachel on the team. But then we started the ride and it was soon clear that she had amazing power.