What is your favourite Zoggs Product?
The original Zoggs Predator has to be my most loved product. They last forever, never fog up and feel like marshmallows on my eyes. I have been wearing them long before being a Zoggs Ambassador. The various colours/lens finishes paired with their design make them the best looking goggles on the market too!
Most memorable swim?
Some 10 years ago now I visited the Great Barrier Reef. It was incredible. I remember being told off by the tour guide because I was swimming too far away from the boat. I couldn’t help myself, I wanted to explore!
The ITU World Triathlon Championships has to be the greatest event I’ve competed in (twice as a junior). The atmosphere is like nothing else. Whether it’s family and friends packed on the course cheering, or the age-group contingent of each country lining the course, the support is incredible and I will never forget those races. I’ll be doing everything I can this coming season to ensure I will start in the u23 Elite category next year in Chicago.
What are your training must haves?
I’m a very visually creative person so all of my gear has to look the part (I promise it makes me faster). Other than that I make sure I have my swim kit bag (filled with Zoggs goodies), my cycling Garmin computer and Running Garmin for each of the training disciplines. On longer solo rides I never leave without my iPod. It’s perfect here in Spain because the roads are so quiet I can just focus on the scenery and my abundance of electronic tracks that fill my iPod Classic.
How did you start your athletic journey?
I have my parents to thank for that. In prep I was extremely energetic, to the point where my teacher would send me out to run laps of the oval before the next class. My folks then decided to enter me in a Little Athletics Club at the age of 5 and I’ve been running ever since. I made the decision to switch the focus from running to Triathlon at the age of 15 (some two years after completing my first ever Weet-Bix Triathlon)
How do you prepare for an event?
Other than the obvious physical training preparations before an event I have a fairly structured routine I follow before every race. The day before (when training is very minimal) I make sure I am as well-hydrated as possible through the consumption of electrolytes. I don’t believe in pre-race dinner or breakfast rituals as they’re often impossible to replicate when the options aren’t available racing overseas. To relax the few hours leading up to the race start I will watch films or listen to more electronic music in my hotel room.
What advice would you give to someone looking to compete in a triathlon?
The best advice I can give to someone competing in their first triathlon is be prepared for every situation. Being an open environment sport your plans rarely go 100% as expected. If you simulate a variety of race situations in training then you are making the race easier on yourself. I would also use plenty of anti-chafe cream on your neck during a wetsuit swim unless you warm to the idea of having a chainsaw sized incision where the wetsuit rubs (I might be exaggerating slightly). Oh and don’t forget to have an immense amount of fun out their!