After my second child was born, I was up late one night feeding and decided to put the television. All I could find to watch was coverage of Kona. I have always been a swimmer and cyclist but never a runner. Watching the coverage was absolutely mind-blowing. People of all fitness levels, sizes and abilities were competing and watching the competitors come down that finishing chute I couldn't help but tear up and feel inspired.
So the next day I jumped onto my computer to see what triathlons were around my area. That is when I stumbled across Triathlon Pink. I signed up and 6 weeks after the birth of my second child I completed my first triathlon. From that moment on I was completely hooked.
Keeping fit and healthy for the sake of my two girls. I am a much better mum when I'm training. Other days I need help from my training buddies and on those days I just don't like to let any of them down, so I get up and get going.
It is tough. A lot of early morning sessions or if I am doing a session of a night time, I run around like a mad chook getting everyone's dinners prepared and the girls ready for bed prior to getting out the door.Or sometimes I just incorporate the girls into my training sessions. My eldest daughter often does parkrun with me and has even run a few 5km fun runs with me. Today, I hired a bike with a child carrier and went riding with my youngest for an hour. You just have to make it work.
I just stick to the foods I know and not try anything new. My usual breakfast before a race is boiled egg on toast.
I have a fair idea of what races I want to do but with family commitments it's sometimes hard to know what you can and can't do from month to month. I just roll with it and book in races when I can. I would usually have one big race that I just have to do regardless of family life but the others I just squeeze in when I can.
I don't train to music anymore. When I was first teaching myself to run I would run with dance music but since you can't compete in a triathlon with headphones on I trained myself to run without music, even on my long runs!
Not really. The night before I get everything ready by laying it all out. In the morning I get up early, have my favourite breakfast then head out with plenty of time to sparejust in case!
I needed that "just in case" time not so long back when I got a flat tyre going along a motorway to a tri. I've never changed a tyre so quickly before. Still made it to the race!
Delta Goodrem (that one is for my girls)
Just generally getting outdoors with my family, especially the beach. I also love doing puzzles!