|Amanda Clark – Social Media Guru & Kona Hopeful
Why triathlon? I have always enjoyed fitness and have done many sports. I have never been particularly good at any, but have always loved exercise. When I moved to Australia from NZ I got really involved in CrossFit which I loved and still do. However, I always wanted to do more. I then had heard about Noosa triathlon and thought, I want to give this ago. So I googled triathlon in NSW to see how I could enter my first race and Elite Energy came up. I signed up for Nowra, my first ever race. I loved it!! From then on it’s history. I have raced in over 5 Ultimate Elite Energy events and many other distances. Elite Energy provide me with many opportunities to race as well as have the best weekend away with my friends and family!
|Rachel Knellwolf – Standard Distance and Braid Specialist 😉
What is the best triathlon experience you have had to date? I’ve always seen people finish 70.3 or Ironman races and noticed how emotional they seem at the end. While competing in my first 70.3 at Port Macquarie 2017 I had to run past the finish line 4 times and I’m thinking “nope I don’t get it…why do people cry??” I get to the red carpet, 100m left of my longest race ever still extremely confused “I’m not gonna be emotional, it just doesn’t make sense”. As soon as I cross that finish line, my legs stop and I pause my running watch… I start bawling. It was the most surreal feeling I’ve ever experienced. I was so happy and so exhausted and overwhelmed with gratitude that my body could endure so much and still walk away thinking “I can’t wait to do this again.”
|Michael Entwistle – Gun Long Distance Triathlete
Why triathlon? I ran a 10km fun run (bridge to Brisbane) completely untrained. This run almost broke me. I remember going out to lunch for Father’s Day after the run and I could barely stand up from the table. I ended up with blisters and could barely walk from DOMS in my legs for the next few days. After this and a bit of pre exposure from my girlfriends father the hunger to do a triathlon was there.
|Joanne Lum – AAA Specialist & Enthusiasm Expert (EE)
When asked why you do it you say? It’s such a rewarding personal challenge, every race brings new lessons, and challenges to overcome. No two races are the same, and I love the room for improvement that having three disciplines brings. There’s always a race against yourself. Its’ also one of the few sports you can line up as an amateur and be out there amongst the pro’s. I couldnt sign up for an athletics carnival and be racing around with Usain Bolt! And… Just Because I can. To keep my body and mind active, challenged, and busy. And because one sport just isn’t enough.
|Liz Stapleton – Iron Mums at 40 Plus
Best triathlon experience to date? They have all been good. I have travelled the world to train and compete and I think triathlon has made me a better person. I am still active despite turning 50 last year and I still set an active role model for my kids and other Mums. Training is like a door way into friendships and it makes me so happy to have other people join me in training and then in triathlons. We are closer friends as a result because we have shared passions.
|Josh Stapley – Pre-Elite triathlete with the HyPER (Hy Performance Endurance Racing) team
How I keep motivated? Something pretty simple, one day down the track, I want to be the best. So everything I do, no matter how insignificant it seems today in the big picture of things, is in pursuit of one day being the best. There’s a phrase that has become sort of my motto, something I live by, I can’t remember where it came from but it’s something that motivates me a lot to strive for success, ‘DREAM WITHOUT LIMIT’. .. That’s my focus and that’s what gets me through.
|Courtney Thurgar – Ironman Finisher & Rockstar Time Manager
Worst triathlon experience? No triathlon experience is bad!
|Zoe Wilson – Dietitian, PT & Adventurer
Best triathlon experience to date? Crossing the tape at Batemans 2016 was an amazing feeling. But I also remember crossing the finish line in my first tri, and I don’t think the feeling has changed much! It’s the little achievements you can take out of every race, even if it’s not been a good one.