Name: Lisa McLean
How long WTC member? 3-4 yrs
Your supporters: Hubby Pete, kids Luke & Mia and our triathlon friends
Why triathlon? Many reading already know that I am following in my husband’s footsteps. I figure if you can’t beat them, join them! Well I will never beat them (aka husband and his friends) but after seeing Pete race Ironman for nearly 15 years I figured I should give triathlon a go. It’s a sport that will keep me active, fit and healthy as I age. I feel fitter and healthier than I did in my 20s and that's a big plus! I also think it’s important for the kids to see both mum and dad training and racing, setting goals and achieving them.
Goals for 2014/2015 season: Huski Short Course is the first goal of the year. I have only raced this distance once before, last year in Kurnell. Then the biggie is Noosa later in the year. It will be my longest tri - and just my luck they have changed it to an ocean swim!
How do you juggle training & work/life: For 15 years I have been asked how do you manage being an Ironman wife! I have often said to others I don’t know how you manage two people in the house training for Ironman with kids and careers. That’s why I am sticking to short course. What I have learnt from Pete is that if you really want to achieve something you have to make it work. You may have to sacrafice some things sometimes but really thats life - you can’t do it all! I don’t think I would have been good at fitting triathlon training into life with young kids but now our kids are aged 9 and 12 they are more independent, can be left alone when we both need to do an hour of training and sometimes they even join us. As all triathletes know, training is just part of the daily timetable slotted inbetween meals, work, etc. Triathlon training is also not just about racing, it’s about keeping fit and staying healthy. It can be a stress relief, it gives you time for yourself and at other times its very social so becomes a time to spend with friends. Triathlon is a lifestyle and one we love!
Most memorable tri experience to date: I have to say that at this stage it’s not the triathlons I have raced but the races that I have been supporter at for my husband and friends. There have been many. I have very fond memories of Forster Ironman races and some songs still remind me of standing at the side of Forster Lakes at dusk. We had an incredible experience at Ironman China which was ridiculously hot, no one spoke English, lots of people got sick from the food, the Chinese spectators on the day treated the age-groupers like pros and we ended up hitching a ride back to the hotel after the race in a huge truck with bikes and all the professionals - and most memorable was seeing Pete run down the finish line knowing he had his first ticket to Kona! The ultimate tri memories so far however has to be the Hawaii Ironman. It is the mecca for all triathletes. The whole week is an amazing experience and race day is something special. Everybody who is passionate about triathlon should go at least once whether you qualify to race or go as a supporter...and make sure you volunteer too!
Long term tri ambitions: I really don’t have any that I am aiming for at this stage but I suppose an Ironman 70.3 would be on my bucket list. I am just not sure I can see myself going the a full Ironman but I suppose never say never!
What other hobbies outside of triathlon? I started running after our kids were born and I still enjoy competing with friend in local running races. I don’t have much time to fit in other things much but when I do have time I like writing. I have a website and online social network called TriCrew which is all about about triathlon travel and supporting (www.tricrew.com.au) - which I wish I had more time for!
Favourite triathlon race course/location: I haven’t raced enough courses to have a favourite course. A triathlon which has something for everyone and is a nice family weekend away has to be Huski. Of course, Hawaii is my # 1 race location and Noosa would be runner up. Busselton is pretty nice too but you need at least a week if travelling from Sydney as you want time to enjoy the Margaret River area. So many other races we still haven’t been to and I am sure are amazing!
Hero/oes (sport or otherwise): My husband when it comes to triathlon. He really has made me so proud with what he has achieved in the sport he loves. John Maclean is another (no we are not related) and when I think of people outside of triathlon who inspire me (rather than who I see as a hero) it would have to be anyone who has dreamed big and then achieved that dream. In sport, business, entertainment - and especially those who raise money and awareness for people who are not as fortunate as us.
Favourite Motto: I have decided my motto for 2015 is Do What Makes You Happy. Another one I remind myself often is Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff!
Tips/Inspiring comments for other triathletes: I am a middle aged mum. I was never sporty and never dreamed I would be a runner let alone learn to swim or ride a bike. I built my running abilities up over time and eventually set myself a goal of running a marathon. When I achieved the goal I was so proud. Now triathlon is my new goal. I am still learning. I am not fast. I am scared at times and wonder why I bother at my age, but on the flip side as you get older you need to stay fit, you want new challenges and setting goals to achieve something you never believed you could do is good for us all. I have to not worry about what my husband is doing or friends around me when it comes to triathlon. My tip is to stay focussed on what you want to achieve and work with your abilities. Find friends to train and race with. Take it slow and eventually you will build your fitness to the point that you can achieve your goal - and when you get there you will look back and wonder why it seemed so daunting! You may even get addicted and set yourself a new goal that is bigger and more daunting. What I have learnt from Pete is that consistency and determination will get you to the start line no matter how big your goal is or what challenges you face along the way. :-)
Name: Danielle Albertz
Lives: Queenscliff/Hornsby (sort of – it’s complicated at the moment)
Your supporters: All my warringah training buddies; Andy Kean, Natalie and Amee . My dog, Brody and my bestie – She play’s Patrick Swayze’s ‘She’s like the Wind’ to get me over the finish line.
How long WTC member? A year in December
Why triathlon? I’ve always wanted to do it…I used to want to do the Uncle Toby’s Ironman Series when I was younger. Ended up getting ‘tricked’ into doing the Enticer in Penrith, been addicted ever since.
Goals for the rest of this season and into 2014/2015: To finish Challenge Husky Long Course in under 7 hours.
How do you juggle training & work/life? I’m single, which makes it easier because you have more time. I did have to make more of an effort to become more selfish when I was training hard to make sure I had enough sleep and nutrition. I can sometimes get carried away with trying to do everything. I admire all those with family plus work commitments, you guys rock!
Most memorable tri experience to date: Doing the Port Stephens Olympic Tri in May. I trained hard for 3 months with Andy Kean at HPT North’s Olympic Program. I made such massive improvements and not to mention, awesome training buddies! That was the defining moment for me, I shaved a cool 8 minutes off my run alone from my Wollongong time which was only 2 months prior. It was then that I was hooked!
Long term tri ambitions? It just keeps going up and up. First it was an Olympic distance, now I’ve done 3. Now it’s Husky Long in Feb. I plan on signing up this week…eeek! Hmmm maybe like to try Busselton?
What other hobbies outside of triathlon? I read A LOT. It counteracts the energy I have in all other areas of my life.
Favourite triathlon race course/location: First it was Calalla, now it’s Port Stephens. They just keep getting better and better!
Hero/oes (sport or otherwise): Linda Halfweeg was my favourite sportswoman back in the day. I also think Hilary Clinton and Chrissie Wellington are awesome.
Favourite motto: Without challenge there is no change
Tips/Inspiring comments for other triathletes: I’ve managed to train, compete and improve on a very small budget and in a very untriathlonesque* bodytype. It doesn’t matter what your circumstances are, there are no excuses. If you want it bad enough and if you’re determined enough, you can do anything.
*no it’s not a word, but as you’ll get to know…I make up my own majority of the time.
"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.
Jared Medhurst is fairly new to the sport of triathlon but his achievements to date are proof that setting goals, sticking to a plan and training consistently will pay off in the end. Below our Q&A is his Ironman Port Mac race report which was his first Ironman distance race and cracker at that! Now it's back to training for a string of races all in preparation for his first Kona experience:
Name: Jared Medhurst
Lives: Just moved to North Narrabeen
Your supporters:I have to say my Mum is my biggest supporter. She flew over from NZ to watch me race my first Ironman at Port and she has already booked to come watch me race in Hawaii later in the year.
How long WTC member: Since 2012
Why triathlon? I had played soccer since I was 6 years old and had to stop due to a back injury so all I could do was swim to stay fit. I managed to get my back fixed, was back running and I was talking to Sarah Fletcher at the Manly Sea Eagles pool. Sarah mention she did triathlons and this must have planted a seed because not long after that conversation I had decided I wanted to do an Ironman.
Goals for the rest of this season and into 2014/2015: To really improve my swim, get stronger, faster and try to stay injury free.
How do you juggle training & work/life? I am single with no kids so there is not much to juggle, it is just work and training at the moment. I am up and training by 4 most mornings and start training around 5-6 in the evenings. Getting enough recovery sleep is the biggest issue, if I have time I try to get a lunchtime power nap in at work. I take my hat off to all those people that do triathlon who have wives and kids, I don’t know how you do it!
Most memorable tri experience to date: Has to be my first Ironman at Port Macquarie this year. The atmosphere of the whole event was incredible from the race briefing to crossing the finish line it was just an amazing feeling and experience.
Long term tri ambitions: To do as many Ironman as Geoff Thorsen!
Other hobbies outside of triathlon: Surfing when I have the time.
Favourite triathlon race course/location: Port Macquarie, Both Husky Olympic and Long Course and Auckland 70.3 my home town race.
Hero/oes (sport or otherwise) My Parents, they passed on their athletic genes and strong work ethic to me which I am very grateful for. Also my coach Mitch Dean, everything he gets me to do seems to work.
Favourite motto: “I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability.”
Tips/Inspiring comments for other triathletes: Consistency is the key to getting the results you want and not having any limitations on what you can achieve, hard work pays off in the end no matter what level you are at.
Jared's Ironman Oz Race Report - off to Kona!
18 months ago I made a decision to do an ironman. I decided that if I was to do an ironman I would need to do some Olympic distance races and some half ironman races before I would be ready.
Fast forward to race week and I had completed 8 short course triathlons, 2 half ironman races, husky long course and countless hours of training. I felt ready to tackle the beast!
I arrived in port on the Tuesday before the race with plenty of time to ride the notoriously bumpy bike course, inspect the weir crossing location in the swim and to jog and drive the run course. Doing all of this helped me put together my race plan for the day.
My coach Mitch Dean arrived on Saturday and we spoke about the plan for the day. The swim was to be solid and controlled but to pushed when needed to stay in the pack. I decided that 5hrs on the bike was very achievable if conditions were ok, so I would head out and complete the first lap in 2.5hrs and reassess it after that. For the run we spoke about trying to aim for a 3.15 marathon which seem achievable by heading out around the 4.15 pace and taking it from there. My power meter had been playing up so I decided to race to my heart rate as well and try not to let it get above 160bpm as much as I could especially through the hills on the bike leg.
This was all just a plan and I questioned it over and over in my head many times. I was diving into unknown territory of distance and pacing and had no idea how my body would hold up to the challenge! I would find out soon enough though.
Swim - this was a new swim start for ironman australia and for me. They had introduced the rolling start which is where you self seed based on your estimated swim time for the 3.8k. You then start with a few people at a time and your time doesn't start until you cross the timing mat.
I really felt this would help my swim time as there would be plenty of fast swimmers around so finding some feet to draft of would be much easier and plenty of energy would be saved!
I seeded myself in the sub 60mins hoping for swim somewhere around the 52min mark.
The start was a lot slower than any other race I had been in and I soon found myself in the wash of a large group moving a good pace. I was going to check my watch at the first weir crossing but completely forgot to do this. At the second weir crossing I was happy to come out behind Ben Bell who I knew would post a good swim time so I decided to stay with him to the finish.
I exited the water with a time of 51.39min just under the target of 52min great start!
Bike - heading out on the first lap conditions were reasonable and the winds hadn't picked up yet. I had decided to use a disc for the first time so I was happy it wasn't blowing too hard yet. At the first turnaround at Camden Head I was well ahead of schedule averaging over 37kph. Heading back into town winds were even more favourable and I managed to maintain this speed with the legs still feeling ok! I hit the infamous Matthew Flinders hill for the first time, I got into the small chainring early and made my way over the hill. It was lined with spectators which seemed to take the sting out of it and as I hit the top I saw JARED ROCKS in yellow chalk on the road which took away more of the pain and put a big smile on my face!!
Heading through town to head out for the second lap and I heard plenty of support in few spots which really lifted my spirits.
The second lap out and the angry port winds had come out in force! I had started to pass a few people and decided to put in some effort into the head wind knowing my legs would get a reprieve on the way back into town. This decision really paid off as I pick up a few more people at the turnaround and on the way back into town!
My second trip up Matthew Flinders was epic my family (mum and my two brothers) had made their way to the hill and had joined my mate Greg, Mitch and his girlfriend Sandi. Everyone of them ran beside me up the hill shouting encouragement as I passed Jason Shortis at the top, I had goose bumps all the way up!! What a feeling!
The wind took a bit out of my average speed but not enough to derail my target time. I took my last trip through town hearing the cheers again knowing I just had to hold it together on my run.
I came in a bike split of 4.55.56, I had hoped for 5hrs but expected it to be more so I was really happy with that.
Run - I hit the run knowing this is where things can go horribly wrong! I checked my watch and was running at 4min k's and knew I needed to slow down I got it down to 4.12 and felt good so decided to hold this and I would see how I felt after the first lap.
I tried to work out where I was in my age group at the turnaround but still wasn't sure, no sign of my support crew either? Plenty of other support on the course though from the warringah club!
I was still feeling really comfortable on the second lap and had maintained my average pace of 4.12 so I decided to carry on with it. My support crew showed up half way through the second lap and gave me the news that I was sitting in 4th place in my age but Scotty Hobson was losing time fast. I was still feeling ok and Mitch instructed me to just keep it steady and not to get excited!
The hill on crescent st was really taking it out of everyone and I was lucky enough to have some great support here from the Warringah club which really helped me keep pushing over it!
I am not sure what happen on my third lap but by the time I got to me support crew I was told I was in 2nd place now! I didn't even see Scotty Hobson or Luke Martin when I passed them!! I thought they were kidding me at first!! So many thoughts came flooding into my head but I had to push them aside and concentrate on maintaining my pace for another lap and a half.
My legs really started to fatigue on the last lap and I started to lose time, I was hoping I had put enough into the guys behind me so I could hold my position. My average pace dropped slowly as I realised there was a possibility of a sub 9hr time!! I tried to keep it as steady as I could as I ran with Trent Chapman for the rest of the race.
Grabbing my last wrist band I headed for the finish line. I had nothing really left to give as I made my way into the finish shute. I looked around and soaked up the feeling - I have just finished my first ironman - crossed the line and stopped the clock. 8.55.01 with a 3.02.49 marathon.
I couldn't not believe it, what a day! Everything had gone to plan my nutrition, no mechanical issues and had run over 10mins quicker than I had planned.
All the hard work had paid off, Mitch had really prepared me for this race and it showed throughout the day. To have him there and my family made it even more special a day I will never forget!
I have heard negative things about this race from the rough and tough bike course to the bad swim and the boring run. I have to disagree with all of this and I maybe bias and have nothing to compare it to but Ironman Australia will hold a special place with me forever, and I will be back to race it again.
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.
Don't forget to take a few moments, to stop and have a look at what's around you - nature, club mates, family - this is what really makes the sport enjoyable.
Name: Ryan Lonsdale
Your supporters: Wife Emma and daughter Lucy for sure but anyone who wants a high five on race day.
How long WTC member? 4 years
Why triathlon? It made sense, always been a jack-of-all-trades but master of none, and I wanted to be part of a healthy community when moving to the beaches.
Goals for 2013/2014 season: First Marathon and a PB at Challenge Forster. Once these were a tick it's all been about participation and supporting other club mates.
How do you juggle training & work/life? Negotiating my triathlon time with family and utilising the commute to and from work as part of my training.
Most memorable tri experience to date: My first one, Port Mac 70.3 - after I'd ditched my Billabong wetsuit, battled the wind on the bike and was about 12k into the run, I saw my wife cheering me on from the rocks. I suddenly realised that I was going to make it and had a moment to myself where I felt pretty proud of what I was doing.
Long term tri ambitions? An Ironman and to share the incredible stories of Triathletes with people who have never tried the sport. 3 Peaks is also on the bucket list.
What other hobbies outside of triathlon? Following professional cycling, photography and having adventures with my family.
Favourite triathlon race course/location: Husky without doubt, everyone can have a go no matter what ability.
Motivators: Steve Waugh, Richard Gill and Bec Hoschke all for different reasons.
Favourite motto: How good is this?
Tips/Inspiring comments for other triathletes: Don't forget to take a few moments, to stop and have a look at what's around you - nature, club mates, family - this is what really makes the sport enjoyable.
"Believe in your goal and give it 100%!"
Name: Jess Madsen
Supporters: My family and cycling mates
How long WTC member: 1 year
Why triathlon? Well I was back running training for a Half Marathon (after my gap year) and my cousin needed a fill-in for a little corporate tri, so, i decided to give it a crack on a mountain bike. Essentially been obsessed ever since. Good thing I have had decent jobs through uni to fund it.
Goals for 2013/2014 season: To finish Husky LC 2014... How do you juggle training & work/life? Hmm, I essentially have no proper structure to my training schedule... seems to do the trick... haha…
Most memorable tri experience to date: Cycling the 140k Ettalong ride just with Bec Hoschke, in November, allowing me to pick her brain to pieces for hours, and forming a great friendship (Far too many little things in common with her... Crazy lady)
Long term tri ambitions: Well, contrary to popular belief, NOT an ironman... At this stage, just to get my Olympic time sub 2:15. Decent enough goal in my eyes!
Other hobbies outside of triathlon: Agriculture (in particular, Horticulture), Learning, Travel, Tennis, Diving
Favourite triathlon race course/location: Have to say Kingscliff. I'm a regular now
Heroes: Roger Federer and Norman Borlaug. For Tri, many people are my heroes, amongst Team Hoyt and Chrissie Wellington.
Favourite mottos: 'Be the best' and 'Speak with actions, not words'
Tips/Inspiring comments for other triathletes: Not in a position to give too many great tips, but inspiring comments, I guess, just believe in your goal, and give it 100%!
"Every time you are out there with the sun on your back spare a thought for me on the trainer in my garage in sunny Wales!"
Name: Steven Middleton
Supporters: Wife Lucy, daughter Matilda 4, and new son Tudor 8 weeks
How long WTC member? 2-3 years
Why triathlon? I was new to all 3 sports before coming to Australia. Then got roped into a team event at Noosa and was hooked. What keeps me loving the sport is how your limits are continuously being tested. And like most others I do have an addiction to suffering:)
Goals for 2013/2014 season: Top 10 in my AG at IM Wales
How do you juggle training & work/life? Very early mornings, not hard when you have an 8 week old human alarm clock.
Most memorable tri experience to date: At IM Cairns last year. Having my Wife Lucy fly up and surprise me on race day. I find it a huge motivation racing with family support and was a little disappointed they weren't able to make the trip. As I came into T2 she was there waiting. I completely forgot to take my feet out of my shoes almost tripped running with my bike and ran out at a million miles an hour! I blame the pain and complete mental breakdown in the last 5k on her:)
Long term tri ambitions? I'm going to throw it out there and say Kona!
What other hobbies outside of triathlon? Not sure how you fit any more in.
Favourite triathlon race course/location? Has to be the Husky long course weekend. Its an awesome location and great for the family. Cant believe i'm going to miss out this year.
Heroes: Not sure I have heroes as such, but I do look up to my mates in the club that are achieving their goals by putting in the hard yards.
Favourite motto: I love listening to Jens Voigt, and love how he races. When your hurting in training/Racing I like to use a Jens classic "Shut up legs"
Tips/Inspiring comments for other triathletes: We are extremely lucky to be living and training on the Northern Beaches. I could not think of a better place to live and be involved in the sport. Every time you are out there with the sun on your back spare a thought for me on the trainer in my garage in sunny Wales:) We also have so much depth of talent in the club that it would be a waste not to use it so ask lots of questions. Also learn to love swimming! I finally enjoy heading to the pool.
Claire Keeling is a newly appointed WTC committee member who is fairly new to the triathlon scene, taking up the sport after being bored of competing in running races. This year she has raced the Port Stephens Olympic Tri, Club Champs, Husky Long Course and just recently the Callala Beach Classic - and has her eyes on Cairns Ironman next year!
Claire's trip to experience the Hawaii Ironman as a supporter and see our very own WTC Legend Geoff Thorsen cross the finish line is one of her most memorable triathlon experiences to date. Here we throw few questions at her to get to know more about her triathlon life.
Name: Claire Keeling
How long WTC member ? 2yrs
Why triathlon? I used to be a runner, did half marathons mostly but got a bit bored of just running so decided to mix it up a bit and add in the other 2 disciplines
Goals for 2013/2014 season: Cairns Ironman is the big goal although the thought does terrify me a little so we shall see!
How do you juggle training & work/life? It is difficult sometimes but you just have to be super organised and get used to getting up early!
Most memorable tri experience to date: Volunteering at Hawaii Ironman world champs in Kona. Such an amazing experience to volunteer and see what goes on in the background. We also got the best spot on the pier to watch the swim, we were in transition during the race also and finished volunteering in time to watch and support those we knew who were racing. Most amazing and inspirational moment was walking with Thorso to the finish chute after he has been ill for a week and probably shouldn’t have raced. You could have put a 10 ton truck in his way and he would have found a way to get around it! Nothing was stopping him getting to that finish line.
Long term tri ambitions: An Ironman
Hobbies outside of triathlon: I don’t have time for any other hobbies! I used to play tennis and golf before triathlons but haven’t touched a golf club or tennis racquet in 2yrs!
Favourite triathlon race course/location: Husky, just the vibe up there for that race is brilliant
Hero/oes: Chrissie Wellington and our very own Bec Hoschke.....that woman is made of steel!
Favourite motto: Slow is smooth and smooth is fast......I get all nervous and faff in transition so Bec H gave me this motto to repeat when Im in transition and it works a treat!
Tips/Inspiriation for other triathletes: If you believe in yourself you can do it. If you’d have told me 3 yrs ago I would be able to swim 2km I would have laughed at you! I avoided triathlon for years because of the swim but you don’t know until you try. If you are having any doubts, just give it go before giving up!
"If you believe in yourself you can do it."