Endura Optimizer (Chocolate) - it's like a meal and it's not too sweet.
How did you get into your chosen sport?
My mum was the first to try Triathlon our family. I followed in my late teens and then found I loved long course Triathlons and they felt relatively easy for a huge feeling of satisfaction.
How important is diet and sports nutrition supplements to your performance?
It is the most important day-to-day regime for me.
What do you normally eat and drink on a typical training day?
If I have a late start to training I'll have Eggs, avocado, etc. If I’m out the door early though, I'll have Optimizer for my first bottle on the bike. During training: Rehydration formula, washed down with a little water. If I eat, I eat the new Endura Performance bar, or an apple, or chocolate milk and a pie if I’m not prepping for a race. Post-training: Fruit, Tuna, olive oil, vegetables, eggs, nuts. Optimizer if I’m short on time. Lunch: Same as post training. Dinner: Same as lunch. I eat similar all the time. Just mix together different veggies and protein in different ways. No pasta, pizza, or soft drinks.
Where will we find you when you are not training or competing?
In my garden, or doing home improvement projects. Or at the beach with Jaimie and the dogs.
What is your best training tip?
Do less than your ego says you should do.
What are your goals for the next year?
Ironman World Championship win, Ironman 70.3 World Championship win, Asia Pacific Championship 70.3 win.
Who inspires you and why?
My dogs. They eat the healthiest, train the most, rest the best, and are always happy.
How long would you normally spend training each week?
25-30 hours per week. Then there is massage and naps too.
What is your favourite 'before race' meal?
The night before I keep it simple. Fish, rice, olive oil, nuts.
Best nutritional advice?
Too many carbs while racing will ruin you before too few. Hydration is key, so follow the Endura packet instructions and don’t mix it stronger thinking more carbs is better.
How do you stay motivated with training?
Improvements and adaptations happen very quickly if you train smart. Those improvements are like a rush of adrenaline.
The thing I love the most about being an athlete is...
Getting in tune with my body and learning more about how it works, and then changing it to work for me to produce great races.
What is a common mistake made in your sport?
Toughest experience in your career / What have you learnt from it?
Feeling good on race day is the most important. Being a little underdone and going slightly slower is a million times better than being tired and not being able to push hard at all. I’ve DNF’d at Hawaii twice, and it’s tough to have bad experiences at those big races when you need to visualize it for many months in training to prepare.
What is going through your head the moment before you start a race?
This is going to be painful, and I love it!
In five years time I will be...
Sorry I don’t know for sure, and my ideas I have in the pipeline are a secret. ;)
What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?
Train less than others. Listen to my body. Train a lot on my own so I can focus on technique.
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