ATHLETE OF THE MONTH – JUNE 2018

 

FionaHarding AOTM 

Congratulations to Fiona HardingAOTM for June 2018.

Fiona wins the award for her outstanding race at Cairns Ironman to win her age category and secure a spot to Kona.  Aloha Fiona!

A big thank you to our sponsors  AvantiPlus The ValleyEndura, No More KnotsShoesFeetGear and RHP Physiotherapy for donating this month’s prizes.

 

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

A bit disappointed that my husband beat me to it – I will be constantly reminded.  But also thrilled.

2.        What attracted you to the club?

When I moved to Brisbane I was looking for a swim squad. I had no idea what Red Dog was and I remember telling Trent I wanted to do all my other training on my own! 2 years later and I hate training without the squad!!

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

As much as my program tells me to do. It’s my first week back after Cairns so pretty easy at the moment.

4.        Least favourite session and why?

Core strength sessions.  Mind you I only do a 5 minute you tube video a few times a week…

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

To compete at the Olympics (any sport!).

6.        Favourite motivational quote?

Every dog has its day.

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

Don’t let anyone limit how good you can be – even when you get older.  When I first started racing, I was at the very very back but I still loved it and was determined to get better.

8.        My next race is…

Ironman Hawaii!!

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

 Red Dog of course - I spent 15 years trying to work out how to run faster and Trent solved this in 6 weeks. Also my husband who looks after the kids, cleans, and cooks while I disappear training (I do let him out for the Valley Pool lunchtime squads and one or two bike time trials a year!).

Big shout out to Cam’s superb bike mechanic who saved me in Cairns!!

Finally, the support from the club has been amazing, not just on race day, but every time we were out there doing big sessions in the lead up to Cairns.

10.      What do you do outside of triathlons?

Sleep!

11.      What’s your one guilty pleasure?

I eat disgusting amounts of chocolate.  Sometimes I wonder how thin I’d be if I cut it out…

12.     Who’s your favourite sparring partner in the squad and why? 

Anyone one who tries to lead lane 1 at swim squad.

FionaHarding2 AOTM

 

A list of all AOTM recipients can be found here

 

 

ATHLETE OF THE MONTH – MAY 2018

 

AOTM DaveSavoff 

Congratulations to Dave SavoffAOTM for May 2018.

Dave wins the award for winning his age group at Byron Bay Triathlon.  Well done!

 

A big thank you to our sponsors No More KnotsAqua ShopRHP Physiotherapy and AvantiPlus The Valley for donating this month’s prizes.

 

 

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

Stoked! It’s been a long time coming...it’s been a bumpy road, but I’m glad Redman finally caved in to all those anonymous nominations.

2.        What attracted you to the club?

RDTT came with big recommendations, but the flexibility in sessions & in-depth programs are second to none...people you train with aren’t too bad either, everyone’s always up for a laugh!

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

Currently about 7-9 sessions per week (2 bike, 2/3 run & 3/4 swim)...I’m nearly at breaking point where I’m starting to daydream about a hangover.

4.        Least favourite session and why?

Any swim set that involves bands...bands should deadset be illegal, and I still think Redman gets a kick out of people drowning in the pool...I question the sport a lot when I see bands lying there before the set.

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

Other than being able to turn back time (don’t ask) or being ridiculously wealthy (obviously to conquer world poverty)...it'd be to swim like Josh Amberger, ride like Lionel Sanders and run like Patrick Lange...yes, this would make me the World Record holder for Ironman in the history of the sport and would no doubt make me quite wealthy (to obviously fight world poverty quicker).

6.        Favourite motivational quote?

"Listen, smile, agree, and then do whatever the hell you were gonna do anyway."

- Robert Downey Jr.

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

Be patient, listen, learn and never ever get on the booze bus back from Gundi.

8.        My next race is…

Cairns 70.3

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

Coffee, I suppose my mate Ned who’s trained with me since day one, and a good goal at the end (obviously followed by a good after party to celebrate).

10.      What do you do outside of triathlons?

Work in Real Estate and enjoy heading to the beach.

11.      What’s your one guilty pleasure?

A few beers & Lefty’s on Caxton Street.

12.     Who’s your favourite sparring partner in the squad and why? 

Hard question...I like belting PC (Peter Court) on the track and Rosie always keeps me honest in the pool and on the bike

 

A list of all AOTM recipients can be found here

 

 

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