Question Answer
What attracted you to the wonderful world of triathlon? I’ve been a keen runner for the best part of 9 years now and I have been thinking of trying something different. After the Great Ocean Road half marathon last year I suffered an injury and was forced to stop running for 4 months. After failing at walking I was left with no choice but to get in the pool. Eventually I found myself enjoying it and gaining the same sense of challenge and achievement as I had from running, so I kept it up once I started running again. Then, it became a natural progression to put my ideas of doing a triathlon into action!
In a snapshot, tell us about the GIT program, what are you enjoying the most? I’m enjoying all of the GIT program, every aspect has something to enjoy about it because it’s all new and different to what I’ve been used to - even the running. The best part is sharing the experience with a new and small group of people, sharing our experiences and supporting one another. We have a lot of fun at training but we also train hard. Lee is a fantastic coach. He is so knowledgeable and supportive, but he’s also a very funny guy and it makes for really enjoyable and rewarding training sessions.
So far, what’s your favourite discipline and why? My favourite discipline is the swimming, mainly because it’s become my new passion. Once upon a time I used to stress out about not getting enough runs in but now I panic if I can’t get at least one swim in a week! It’s also because it’s probably the most challenging for me, and although I think I can consider myself a fairly good swimmer in the pool, I know it’s going to be a very different story in the open water with the restriction of a wetsuit, the elements and lots of other swimmers all around me. Normally I don’t even like sharing a lane at the pool!
What do you hope to achieve from the GIT program? Do you have any particular sporting goals in mind? At this early stage my goals aren’t too lofty, but I’d love to be able to do a half IRONMAN someday... I won’t go as far as saying a full ironman! But at this stage I am looking forward to completing my first little mini triathlon and then moving into some slightly higher sprint distances and see how I enjoy it. I might have to cross that elusive full marathon off my list first, but you never know!
What keeps you busy outside of sport/triathlon? Life in general keeps me busy. I have 7 year old twin girls who keep me on my toes constantly and a husband who puts up with my obsessive training, a household and two little old cats. I’m a community education volunteer for a non-profit organisation called PANDA which is Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia. I work two days a week as a medical transcriptionist in a major hospital and I am in the planning stages of setting up a Postnatal depression support group in my local area. So lots to fit all my training around!
If you could have a super power for a day, what would it be? Definitely the ability to fly... So I could take off anywhere!

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