FEBRUARY 2013 ATHLETE OF THE MONTH – DAVE FRIZZELL


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Congratulations to Dave Frizzell on his selection as

Reddog’s Athlete of the Month for February 2013.

Well done!!!

Dave wins the award for his outstanding Perth to Rottnest Island swim.


A big thanks to Ben McCormick from All Hose & Valves, Aquashop and

the team at No More Knots for donating this months’ prize.


1.    Reddog AOTM, how do you feel about that?

About time really!

2.    What attracted you to the squad?

I lived with Trent when I started training with the squad. I used to go home straight after work and

Trent couldn’t stand the mess - so he made me go to training for a few hours every day

just to get me out of the house.

3.    If you were Reddog coach for the week, what would you do differently?

If I was the coach there'd be more racing against each other at training.

That's a selfish thing because I get the best out of myself when I've got a competitive

relationship with other people in the squad and we get a regular opportunity to go head to head.  

When I think about the times I've been at my fittest and fastest, it always coincides with times

I've had a good rivalry with someone at training.

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

Now that Rottenest is done and dusted I’ve settled into 5 or 6 swims a week.

I also walk one block from the bus stop to my office. Morning and afternoon.  

The training load for Rotto was a different story.

8 or 9 sessions a week and a lot of them were extended sessions - Commercial and RTT.

It all got too much for me so I faked an injury to get out of the biggest training weeks.

5.    Least favourite session and why?

My least favorite session - daylight second - is fins. I think they actually slow me down.

And all the chicks kick my ass.

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

I wish State of Origin was on every Wednesday night.

7.    Favourite motivational quote?

Shark!

8.    What advice would you give to other Reddogs who would like to be AOTM?

What I learned from Rottenest was that it’s an awesome feeling to set a goal that sounds crazy,

do everything you can to get there and then enjoy the feeling of crossing the line.

So my advice is to set a goal that feels beyond your current limits - something you'll be really proud of -

and then have a crack at it.

9.    What are your goals?

Sal sabotaged my next goal by getting pregnant. Selfish...I know.

I had my eye on the English Channel but that’s on hold until the baby turns 35.

For now I'm just going to keep doing as many ocean swims as I can and get back into competing

in the pool. I'd like to take a big chunk off my 400m PB.

10. Who would be your ideal training partner?

My ideal training partner is definitely Anne. She’s incredibly committed, we share similar goals and she’s a

delight to spend time with. And of course, she’s not competitive at all!

5-2 Anne!

11. What do you do outside of triathlons?

As most of you know, I am the reigning World Husband of the Year.

That type of commitment keeps me very busy.

Every now and then I might catch a few minutes of cricket or football - just while I’m folding the washing...

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