Robyn Nordstrand may have been doing triathlon for a while but age and a mammoth back operation hasn't stopped her from keeping doing what she loves. Her motto "Doing something is always better than doing nothing!
Name: Robyn (Granny) Nordstrand
Your supporters: Husband, kids and cycling friends
How long WTC member? 18 years
Why triathlon? Apple had a gym instructor who was a triathlete and talked me into doing a BRW team triathlon at Narrabeen, I enjoyed the race but had to do breast stroke in the swim. I was so elated to finish I decided to try sprint races. After
a few races I thought it would be fun to do a Half Ironman which then progressed to Ironman. I was addicted! The worst part was having to learn to do freestyle and today it stills scares me!
Goals for 2013/2014 season: To compete and finish at Club Champs 2014 (done!)
How do you juggle training & work/life? I have a very understanding husband who does most of the housework and cooking!
Most memorable tri experience to date: It would be World Champs in Kona 2005, it’s a tough race and I had finished 5th in my age group, it was a surprise when Thorso told me 5th place was a podium finish, very thrilled and happy!
Long term tri ambitions? I had back surgery in 2013 and I’m hopeful I will be able to compete in another Ironman in 2015, progress is very slow but steady.
Other hobbies outside of triathlon: Family outings & minding 4 grandkids. Reading when I have the time.
Favourite triathlon race course/location: I have a soft spot for Forster Ironman as this is where I did my first Ironman race in 1999, the swim was safe , the road terrible and the run was great. The residents were all very supportive and it’s a great place to spend a week.
Hero/oes (sport or otherwise): Thorso and Chrissie Wellington
Favourite motto: Doing something is always better than doing nothing!
Tips/Inspiring comments for other triathletes: Listen to your body, be consistent and make each training session count.
1/5/2014 04:03:55 am
You are an inspiration to us all Nordy! xx
1/5/2014 08:47:40 am
Wow! I am so impressed that you went from Sprint to Half Ironman, I have decided to attempt a half Ironman myself (and am considering the Forster one) I would appreciate any tips on upping the training for that from a Sprint distance :)
18/10/2016 11:14:43 pm
Oh my gosh - such a legend and inspiration
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