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.