I love the rehydration and Optimizer products. Both Low Carb and Performance Fuel rehydration products are amazing, and each has their place in my daily training regime. The flavours are tantalising and it’s the most effective hydration I’ve ever used. I also love Optimizer because it fuels me ‘optimally’ for the long 5-6 hours training rides, before races and during Ironman events.
How did you get into your chosen sport?
I entered Triathlon as a swimmer, when every other 14 year old was having gargantuan growth spurts but me. Triathlon suited me as a smaller ‘power to weight’ athlete with a big aerobic engine developed from swimming at such a young age.
How important is diet and sports nutrition supplements to your performance?
It’s critical. When you’re training for 70.3 or Ironman, or any endurance event for that matter, it’s just as important as the miles and training hours themselves. You’ll believe me when you’ve got calorie deficiency and nuero-muscular fatigue and you’re sitting in a gutter 100 km away from home, totally spent with your bike in the ditch and phone in your hand dialling your spouse for a lift home.
What do you normally eat and drink on a typical training day?
Where will we find you when you are not training or competing?
What is your best training tip?
Understand and learn how the body responds to different training sessions and different types of training periodisation. As endurance athletes, we straddle the lines of fatigue quite regularly. Understand when different types of training is productive or counter-productive. It’s not all about miles, but a ‘less is more’ approach can be counter-productive in the same way as overtraining. Get a power meter, get the right tools and be a student of your own body.
What are your goals for the next year?
Win an Ironman, win some 70.3 events and podium at the ITU Long Course World Championships.
Who inspires you and why?
Best nutritional advice?
Eat good, real food and lots of it. Supplement that food with Endura for optimum performance in your chosen sport. The most critical thing is not to buy into fad diets. As an athlete your body needs carbohydrates, and lots of it. To perform at your peak, you can’t begin with a calorie deficiency because of undereating. Fuel correctly or you’ll feel the effects!
How do you stay motivated with training?
My motivation comes from the fact that I know I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else with my time. When the day comes that I feel like I can’t give 100% to the dream, when it gets harder and harder to get out the door to swim/ride/run, then I know my time as a professional triathlete will be up. Right now, I feel as motivated as ever.
The thing I love the most about being an athlete is...
Sport is the most honest test in life. When you toe the line, there’s no more talking, there’s no more intimidation; you race to get the result you’ve trained for. When it doesn’t go your way, your true character reveals itself to you and those around you. Sport is the greatest arbiter of character, and there’s few things more in life than that. If reflects you as a person.
What is a common mistake made in your sport?
Some people do Triathlon for reasons related to image and heroics. We are a very image-focussed society, so I can understand that. But I do Triathlon for performance, not to look good in a bike kit with colourful socks or be ‘Insta-famous’. I respect the athletes that are totally dedicated to the sport for the right reasons.
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