ATHLETE OF THE MONTH – JUNE 2016 

 AOTM SaraMoser

 

Congratulations to Sara Moser, AOTM for June 2016. Well done!!!
 

Sara takes out this month's award for finishing 4th in F45-49 age group at Cairns 70.3 and qualifying for the 70.3 World Championships on the Sunshine Coast.  

A big thank you to Shoes Feet Gear, No More Knots, RHP Physiotherapy and Go Gecko for donating this month’s prizes.

 

 

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

Shocked is my general feeling for this month - from my result at Cairns (my first 70.3) to qualifying for Worlds and then Red Dog AOTM.  In a club of so many awesome athletes, it's sometimes hard to feel like you deserve it!

2.           What attracted you to the club? 

Trent had been coaching some of the Swimfit sessions at Yeronga and I had always had an interest in triathlons since high school when some of my friends tried to convince me to do one.  I thought that time had passed me by, but after having twins I needed something for me and it seemed like the right time.  I had enjoyed Trent's swim coaching and so Red Dog seemed like the obvious choice.

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

3 to 4 rides, about 3 swims (try to add in extra before the session starts) and 2 runs (have been dealing with running injuries).

4.           Least favourite session and why?

St Peters loops on the bike.  Not sure why but have never liked it!  Murarrie on a cold dark morning by myself is also not my favourite!

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

Hard to limit to one ..... at the moment, maybe it would be to have the body of a 20 year old with the knowledge/wisdom of being 45!

6.           Favourite motivational quote?

'Dream more than others think is reasonable, and you will be more than others think is possible' This was on a birthday card from my mum and dad when I was young.  I just had it put on a bracelet I had made last week.

7.           The one bit of advice I’d give to a newbie is… use all that knowledge and advice you have access to when you are surrounded by so many great athletes.  And practice all those little skills you need ..... transitions, nutrition, grabbing bottles from aid stations etc

 8.           My next race is… Mooloolaba 70.3 World Champs in Sept.

9.           I couldn’t do what I do without… My husband who is happy to take care of our 4 year old twins while I chase my dreams.

10.       What do you do outside of triathlons?

In the past - anything outdoor like camping, hang gliding, kayaking along with ballroom dancing.  Now - don't have time for anything except training, work and kids!!  Luckily, with a Swedish husband there is always a reason to travel.

11.       What’s your one guilty pleasure? 

Cup of tea and a biscuit - or anything sweet involving custard (think trifle, vanilla slice etc). 

12.       Any advice on how to avoid divorce while training for Ironman?  

Lots of very early mornings and a very patient husband.  The key is having everything organised and ready to go the night before so there is no thought involved when the alarm goes off.

 

 

A list of all AOTM recipients can be found here

 

ATHLETE OF THE MONTH – MAY 2016 

 IanEdwards AOTM

 

Congratulations to Ian Edwards, AOTM for May 2016. Well done!!!
 

Ian takes out this month's award for qualifying for the World Ironman Championships in Kona by finishing 7th in the Port Macquarie IM.  

A big thank you to Endura, No More Knots, Skin Strong and GMN Vegie Prepi for donating this month’s prizes.

 

 

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

Wow!  There were so many wonderful performances at Port, in both races, especially from the first timers, and obviously a number of others who could equally have been awarded this for the same reason, so I am very thankful indeed.  I think the results achieved by RDTT over the past year have been phenomenal and a reward for everyone involved… Just being a part of the culture of RDTT, and the tight group of people training together throughout the year has swept me along and I really do owe Trent and every other member a huge thankyou for helping me develop the way I have.

2.           What attracted you to the club? 

I had been referred by a couple of mates a few years ago, who said to me“…if you want to improve, really improve, if you want to train with people that are better than you, if you want to be pushed, then join Red Dog… they are the best club to join if you want to win”.  This couldn’t be truer… and the lead up to Port, which really for me, started with the lead up to IM70.3 Sunshine Coast in 2015, has been an enormous progression, both technically and mentally.  I have learned how to swim properly, improved my bike strength and speed, and learned how to pace a run without bonking… but more importantly, I have felt cared for, listened to, valued and a real part of RDTT by Trent and every member.  I can honestly say, I have learned something (lots of things) from everyone that I have trained with, and the journey to Port and beyond simply would not have happened like it did without that level of coaching, support, friendship, competition and motivation.

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

Post Port Mac, I am at around 12-15 hrs/week.  In the lead up to Port, I was between 20 and 24 hrs/week.  Probably not the highest number of hours when compared with a lot of others, but coupled with full time work, is significant enough.

4.           Least favourite session and why?

I love going to training, even early mornings… but if I had to pick one… Tuesday night swim session… it’s the one session where I always feel the slowest in my lane, and I always seem to have that post-work sluggishness going on.

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

Just one more bike…

6.           Favourite motivational quote?

“…it never gets easier… you just get faster.”

7.           The one bit of advice I’d give to a newbie is… set goals for yourself if you want to improve, but realise that sometimes the goal you set can limit your performance if it is too realistic… so don’t be afraid to set a goal that seems more than a stretch target… if you truly believe and buy-in to that goal, even if you miss it, more often than not, you will have squeezed the absolute maximum out of yourself…   Realistic goals usually get you realistic results.

 8.           My next race is… World Champs in Kona… who’d of thought I would ever be able to say that?

9.           I couldn’t do what I do without… the support of my wife, Dani… the time I spend training, the holidays that are based around races and the amount of money spent on food, requires a very understanding partner.

10.       What do you do outside of triathlons?

Try to spend as much quality time with the kids as possible, and obviously work… I rarely watch TV, and spend the rest of my time keeping the house and yard looking respectable.

11.       What’s your one guilty pleasure? 

I actually have two…

1) getting a lunch swim session in during the day whilst “working from home”… and

2) Falling asleep on the couch mid afternoon… or falling asleep with the kids after reading a bedtime story.

 

12.       Any advice on how to avoid divorce while training for Ironman? 

 

a) Schedule training between 2am and 7am... being able to get a decent ride or run in and make it back home before the kids are awake takes the pressure off, and

b) make sure the housework gets done... those two things seem to prevent the most common grievances from surfacing.

I remind Dani of the photo below… “See… obviously, cos we are still married, I can’t possibly be training too much…!”

 IanEdwards AOTM1

 

 

A list of all AOTM recipients can be found here

 

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