ATHLETE OF THE MONTH – FEBRUARY 2020


 

Congratulations to Lara Condon, AOTM for February 2020.

Lara wins for her commitment to training and consistent positive attitude. Well done!

    1. Red Dog AOTM, how do you feel about that?

     Shocked and like a fraud, I thought only speedy people won AOTH!

     

    1. What attracted you to the club?

     

    My friends Rob and Jeanine were part of the club and I wanted to be as fast as them. I really enjoy the variety of people and sessions and the fact that training with fast people helps to lift the level of back of packers like me.

     

    1. How much training do you do at the moment?

     Averaging 13 hrs a week at moment.

     

    1. Least favourite session and why?

    Any morning swim session, going from fast asleep to a cold pool is just wrong and makes me question my life choices every time I do it. 

     

    1. If you had one wish, what would it be?

    To have some natural talent to work with J

     

    1. Favourite motivational quote? 

      I have 2 that I tell myself all the time – Comparison is the thief of joy and that hard days are what makes you stronger.

     

    1. The one bit of advice I’d give to a newbie is…

     Turn up and have a go – even if you are slow, triathlon is a great sport to be involved in and you can get a great sense of satisfaction and enjoyment from the training and get to meet some wonderful likeminded people.   If people see you giving it a red hot go to the best of your ability you will get nothing but support and encouragement.

     

    1. My next race is…

     

    Tweed this weekend.

     

    1. I couldn’t do what I do without…

    Fun friends & coach to make even awful hard sessions bearable.  And nanna naps on the wkend.

     

    1. What do you do outside of triathlons?

    At the moment to be honest not much – have you seen Coach Caths Port Mac IM program! 

     

    1. What’s your one guilty pleasure?

    Ben & Jerrys Caramel Sutra OMG that stuff is the best and a large part of why I still can’t go up hills fast on the bike.

 




A list of all AOTM recipients can be found here

ATHLETE OF THE MONTH – JANUARY 2020

 

Congratulations to Byron Rienstra, AOTM for January 2020.

Byron wins for his 1st place at QTS Series Robina Triathlon in 90-99kg Clydesdale category. Well done!

A big thank you to our sponsors for donating this month’s prizes.

 

  1. Red Dog AOTM, how do you feel about that?

Stunned.  The people that win AOTM are always inspiring stories of hard work, devotion, focus, etc.  Very impressive.  To be added to the list, humbling.  (I’m not sure how many previous AOTM have qualified by moving up a weight category through Christmas-cake consumption…)

 

  1. What attracted you to the club?

The RDTT was a legend that reached all the way to England a few years ago when we were about to move back to Australia.  We did some research, and it seemed like the only sensible choice for us as a family.  

                                                                                                                                                                                 

  1. How much training do you do at the moment?

So I try to train daily.  I’m on programme with Trent, so not really any days off, and I like it like that.  If I miss a day, I feel strange.  I don’t do many ‘long’ sessions, so mainly train an hour or two a day.

 

  1. Least favourite session and why?

Trent says I swim like a runner.  I think I swim more like a brick.  Put me in the pool with a band around my ankles, and I swim like an upside down L… made of bricks.  Those sessions are brutal.  Oh, and the 1km swimming TT… I think sometimes I cry a little bit into my goggles when I hear that announced… 

 

  1. If you had one wish, what would it be?

To have perfect technique on my swim and run.  I think some efficiencies there would make life heaps easier.  I should probably wish for world peace, or an antidote to Coronavirus, but hey, this is AOTM, not Australian of the Year.  

 

  1. Favourite motivational quote?  

Can I have two.  First one - Greg LeMond "It never gets easier; you just go faster.“ Second one, when Trent says ‘ok, one to go’.

 

  1. The one bit of advice I’d give to a newbie is…

the people that swim in the fast lane.  Yes, they are terrifyingly quick.  But if you work hard, and keep at it, you’ll still never be as quick as them.  So just admire them, and finish your next 400m interval without vomiting.  

 

  1. My next race is…

maybe Caloundra, maybe a half marathon, maybe Raby Bay.  I’m a bit random with my racing this year.

 

  1. I couldn’t do what I do without…

 my beautiful wife Joanna.  She loves tri, and I love tri, and it means we can train together, race together, buy bike stuff together, and it always feels like fun.  It annoys the hell out of our three boys, and I think we secretly enjoy that. 

 

  1. What do you do outside of triathlons?

A bit of work so I can buy more bikes, and lots of time with the family.  I’m a pretty basic unit. 

 

  1. What’s your one guilty pleasure?

Chocolate biscuits and red wine.  But for 2020 I’m off the booze, so for a whole year it’s just the biscuits.  So that’s not really very exotic is it… but like I said… I’m a pretty basic unit.  

 

 




A list of all AOTM recipients can be found here