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Meet Megan!

Posted on 16 June 2016
Meet Megan!

We recently caught up with Skin Strong Ambassador Megan Nikakis, and asked her to tell us a little about herself!

1. How did you get into triathlons?

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.

2. What motivates you to get out of bed to train when it is early, dark and cold?

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. 

3. How do you balance training with family/work commitments?

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. 

4. How do you fuel up for a race? Favourite breakfast to kick-start your day?

I just stick to the foods I know and not try anything new.  My usual breakfast before a race is boiled egg on toast. 

5. Do you prepare a race plan/strategy at the start of the year?

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.

6. Best music to train to?

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!

7. Do you have a race day ritual?

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!

 

8. Top 4 celebrities (alive or passed on) that you would invite to a dinner party?!

Jonah Lomu
Beth Gerdes
Ashleigh Gentle
Delta Goodrem (that one is for my girls)

9. If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

That's a hard one.  To move objects with my mind. 

10. How do you relax when not training/racing? ie. hobby

Just generally getting outdoors with my family, especially the beach.  I also love doing puzzles!

 

Thanks for sharing Megan - you are an inspiration, especially to all the mums out there!

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