My first triathlon was:
Circa 1995 WTC Club Race on the Old Warriewood Circuit (500m-750m swim in Lake Narrabeen, 1km Run to T1, 20km Bike 4 x 5km laps & 5km run Warriewood wetlands).
No wetsuit just a pair of sluggo’s, a T shirt & joggers. I raced on Linda’s old Pink Malvern Star bike with just flat pedals, no aero bars, gear levers were on the steel frame. I was last out of the water & had no trouble finding my bike in T1.
My first big boy races were Kurnell Sprint & Nepean Triathlon.
My favourite triathlon is:
It’s hard to pick as I love racing & every race is special.
Ironman - Hawaii Ironman (Kona) hard to qualify but if you are lucky enough to get a gig take it, there’s nothing like it. Roth Ironman, Germany fantastic, fast course 6,000 athletes & thousands of awesome spectators. Solar Hill on the bike leg is special with 20,000 spectators (think Tour De France) going nuts.
Half Ironman - Sunshine Coast 70.3
Shorter Events - Club Champs, Big Husky Festival & Nepean
My favourite training session is:
Run - Track & Interval Sessions. Long Trail Runs
Swim – Any Open Water Session, Manly (B & B) or Manly Dam (Intervals with Brucie if he’s there). Sunday arvo a lap or two at the Dam followed by beers with the Big Kahuna (Thorso).
Bike – West Head Time Trials & WTC Group Ride to Pie In Sky
My best race tip is:
Unless you’re a pro we’re not racing to pay bills & put food on the table. It’s okay to be competitive but keep in mind we do this sport because we love it. So have fun, enjoy yourself. Keep it Simple Stupid (KISS) don’t over complicate things. Stay in the moment, think of the process not outcomes.
The highlight of my triathlon journey is:
Definitely meeting people from all walks of life, making lifelong friendships & travelling to so many awesome destinations.
I love being a member of Warringah Triathlon Club because:
I feel privileged to be a member of the best Triathlon Club in the World. It’s like being part of a Community where you are respected & valued regardless of your sporting ability or where you come from. I love the culture of the club, we train hard & we play even harder. I love also the diversity in the club & the amount of members from different cultural backgrounds. I think in his spare time our beloved president David Wiles must get down to the International Airport or Manly Wharf/The Office & hand out WTC Membership Forms to Tourists & International Visitors.
My best advice to anyone new to the sport is:
Get a Coach. Find some great training partners with similar abilities to train with. Get involved with Club activities. Race often, start with short Sprint events & gradually build up to longer events. Club races are a great way to get experience & have fun.
Something I wish I knew when I first started in the sport is:
When you have to travel to races be selective who you share accommodation with. I have a few bad experiences, Thorso will have an adverse effect on your liver. Brucie is the worst cook. Both also like to start training at 3am! Triathlon is an expensive sport. It also attracts a lot of strange people.