Mum our little superstars Izzy & Finn, wife of @tointri & professional Triathlete 🇦🇺. 4 x World Champion. Enjoying every moment of the journey.
I'm excited to watch Laura Philip, Ashley Gentle, Sky Munch, Cat Matthews, and Lucy Charles race triathlons this year. They all have a lot of talent and I'm interested to see how they will stack up against each other. Transcript: "The triathletes to watch or the ones that I'm most excited about watching this year and mostly on the women's side naturally. Because the girls that I race against our Laura, Philip, I think has shown that she is racing very well. Ashley gentle is a newcomer to long course racing who I think has gone to do phenomenally. Well this year and in the years to come, I'm also excited to see Sky Munch, see how she Stacks up again this year. She's just been making steady improvements over. Here. And it's been cool to watch cat. Matthews is racing really well. This year. She started the year in Lanzarote a couple of weeks ago and beat any hog, which was massive race for her. And, of course, any hog, Daniel. Or if looking forward to see how, how they can race this year? Obviously, they're already world champions, and but going up against a lot of girls that looking to get that world title, obviously, also, Lucy. Charles, honestly, there's just so much talent in the women's field right now, and I'm just really excited to see how it all plays out this year."
The most painful session I ever endured was when my coach had us run 10 x 100m sprints on 45 seconds rest, and then kept us running for hours afterwards. The emotional pain of not knowing when we'd be allowed to stop was worse than the physical pain. Transcript: "They've been a lot of really painful sessions over the years. I don't think anything can really replace the actual effort of an Iron Man. But to go back, if I was to pinpoint one session, that was the most painful was back. When I first started Triathlon, when I was 19. I just finished high school started University finished playing basketball and we had a coach that was he Punish us for silly things and one day my training partners and I would giggling while he was explaining a set or something. And he basically just told us to go run. And so we went out and ran and he came out and then said, okay, you're going to do 10 for hundreds, on 45 seconds. So we did that and then let us do it again. And I was just about throwing up and then he just said, okay, keep running. And so we just kept running and and I think the emotional pain was more than the physical pain and that we didn't know when we were allowed to stop and I had no idea how far we covered that day. It would have been a lot. He actually went home and had dinner and like, came back later that night when it was dark and we were still running and he eventually let us go home. But yeah, that was probably one of the hardest sessions to get through."
I have lucky trinkets and charms in my race bag, like a little leprechaun, four leaf clover, and troll doll, to bring me luck on race day. Transcript: "I actually have a lot of non-obvious things in my race bag. I have lucky charms, little trinkets or things that people have given to me over the years for luck in a race. Yeah, just random trinkets, like a little leprechaun, a four leaf clover. What else? Like a little troll doll, a couple of other things. I actually can't even remember. I haven't looked at them, but they do have a pocket in my bag at every race that I do."
I'm 41 and my retirement is probably coming up soon. It's more about when I stopped enjoying what I'm doing and my want to be present as a mother that are pulling me into the direction of retiring. There are athletes who retire in their Prime because they don't enjoy the process or the pressure. I've quite enjoyed my triathlon life and still do, so I'm in the sport because I love it. Transcript: "This is a good question. I think it's different for everyone. I you know, I'm certainly in the latter part of my career. I'm 41 and still racing. But you know, my retirement is probably coming up pretty soon here for me. It's more about when I stopped enjoying what I'm doing. And you know, I have children now so their needs and my want to be present as a mother is probably what is pulling me. Into the direction of retiring. But yeah, there are athletes that, you know, win a world title and want to retire in their Prime. And I think sometimes those athletes, maybe, don't enjoy the process or the pressure or everything that goes along with what it takes to be the best in the world. I've quite enjoyed my Triathlon, life, and still do enjoy it. I enjoy the training. I enjoy the build. I enjoy the hype. I enjoy the Excitement of getting ready for a world championship event and nailing a big race or nailing, a big session. So I very much you know, in the sport because I love the sport. I'm not just in the sport to win a world title and and be done but I think that answer is very individual and Yeah, that's that. That's my reason to keep going."
Yes, it is totally fine to do a swim only dance on a rest day. Doing this helps with recovery and keeps you in training mode so that the following day you feel better. Transcript: "Absolutely, totally fine to do a swim only dance it a rest day. I think through my career. I really had complete days off the latter, part of my career. Now that I have kids, I, you know, try to take a day off every couple of weeks, but we don't usually take full days off. Legs off is is enough and I think it sometimes, when you take the full day off, you feel even worse the next day. So, I like restarting, the engines again, so it's kind of nice to do a Every swim or even a decent swim on that, like, rest day, it helps you recover and, and it keeps you in that training mode so that, you know, the day after that, generally you feel better if you've done something."
If I could choose something outside of triathlon, I would likely choose surfing as it would be a really cool sport to be involved in and potentially become professional at. Transcript: "Outside of triathlon. If I could choose to do anything, it would probably be something like surfing. I think that that would be a really cool sport to be involved in and certainly be professional at. I think a lot more may be enjoyable. Then the endurance sport that I found myself in."