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





Congratulations to Ben Petrie, AOTM for December 2019.

Ben stepped up to the “Rumble” as his first ever triathlon on a borrowed road bike after a bit of banter during squad. Ben's “have a go” attitude is what we love at Red Dog!!! It resulted in him dominating his match up and leaves him looking for a bigger fish to fry in 2020.  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?

I am really thrilled about it and inspired to work harder in 2020. The training has really changed my life. I’m probably fitter than I have been in a long time (or ever). I’ve dropped 11kgs since this time last year.


2.                       What attracted you to the club?


I would swim in the public lanes at the Valley Pool at lunch time. Trent and I would nod at each other as I passed him on the pool deck. The squad scared me and I never thought it possible to keep up. One day Trent suggested I jump into the ‘rapidly improving lane’ so I did. I made a promise to myself to keep turning up.

What continues to attract me to the club is the supportive group. Trailing in the wake of Raleigh, Laurence, Brendan, Byron and Fiona is my ritual. If I can tickle their toes, it’s a bonus.                                                                                                                          


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

Around 10hrs a week. (4 hours of Swim, 5 hours of casual riding and working on running)


4.                       Least favourite session and why?

Any session after taking a break. It hurts more than anything.

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

Being able to conquer tumble turns. 


6.                       Favourite motivational quote? 

“If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything”; Marty McFly (Back to the Future)

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

Keep turning up and having a long term goal of making training habitual. 


8.                       My next race is… 

Thinking about Mooloolaba Triathlon….

Cooly Classic 5km Ocean Swim


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

A 2-pack coat of sunscreen prior to valley lunch sessions. Firstly a dry priming coat with a wet top coat. 


10.                   What do you do outside of triathlons?

For work, I’m an Engineer across the road from the valley pool. So, working out how to design and build stuff.

Family - My Wife (Carla) and two kids (Ernest 9 & Minnie 7)

Really like travelling when time permits. I love Peru!


11.                   What’s your one guilty pleasure?

Netflix Binging with these ice creams from Aldi called ‘Choc Coats’…they are killer


A list of all AOTM recipients can be found here