"Have fun and keep balance in your life."
A couple of weeks ago Dave Washbrook won his age group at Ironman Cairns. Last year he qualified for Kona in Melbourne - his second Ironman ever! There are not many who have reached these lofty heights in Ironman triathlon in such a short period of time. Dave is certainly talented but also very dedicated and passionate about triathlon. So how does he do it and what's next? Read on...
Name: David Washbrook
Supporters: Wife Emily (also a WTC’er), daughter Serena (just turned 1) and my parents. Plus love all the WTC support at races (there always seems to be some no matter what race you are at!)
How long WTC member? 2 years
Why triathlon? I like the challenge and variation. I think that I would get bored too quick just focusing on the one sport
Goals for the rest of this season and into 2014/2015: I’ve had a pretty solid two years of training and racing (without any real time out) up to Ironman Cairns a couple of weeks ago. I plan to take things relatively easy for a month or two to focus some time on my family and day job. I’ll be back again in 2015 though!
How do you juggle training & work/life? Early to bed and early to rise. I do all my training early morning or at lunch time with evenings reserved for family time. I get out on the 330am shift on a Saturday with Vinnie, Rog and Brucie for the long ride. It was tough at first but not so bad once you get into the swing of it. Anything is possible...you just have to prepared to get up early enough to achieve it!
Most memorable tri experience to date: Kona last year. Such an amazing experience (and a privilege) to compete in such an iconic race alongside so many great names.
Long term tri ambitions? Stay fit and healthy & continue to enjoy both training and racing. Hopefully another trip to the Big Island at some point.
What other hobbies outside of triathlon? Playing with Serena and if time allows surfing/snowboarding/surf boat rowing.
Favourite triathlon race course/location: I think it’s more about the people, I love going to races with a good contingent of friends and fellow WTC’ers to share the experience with e.g. Husky, Cairns, Club Champs.
Hero/oes (sport or otherwise): Not sure that I necessarily have a hero but I generally admire those that ‘give something back’ e.g. Bill Gates, Branson, Macca through his work for breast cancer
Favourite motto: Don’t judge those who try and fail only those who fail to try
Tips/Inspiring comments for other triathletes: Have fun and keep balance in your life. In setting my training my coach built a plan that I can commit to week in/week out while not unduly sacrificing work or family. ‘Hurry slowly’, consistency is more important than big training weeks but then having time out due to lack of motivation/injury/sickness etc.