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."