ATHLETE OF THE MONTH – APRIL 2019

 

AOTM LucyWhyte

 

Congratulations to Lucy Whyte, AOTM for April 2019.

Lucy wins the award for taking first place in her age group in the Moreton Bay Sprint Distance Triathlon. Well done!!!


A big thank you to our sponsors RHP Physiotherapy, No More Knotsthe Brow Bar and AvantiPlus The Valley for donating this month’s prizes.

 

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

Disappointed that my Raby Bay Rumble match, John Martin, beat me to it. Elated that he'll have to share the title with me.

2.            What attracted you to the club?

I followed Cath across when VTC joined the Red Dog ranks last year. I was attracted by the quality coaching and will stay for the people - it's a club that welcomes and caters for a range of aspirations and cultivates good friendships.

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

6-9 sessions a week. Depending on how heavy my doona is in the morning.

4.            Least favourite session and why?

Swimming. With a band only. I perform best when I have ready access to oxygen and my quads.

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

See Trent attempt to slip into the Red Dog women's race swimsuit. A sweat-raising win for me before reaching the start line on any race day.

6.            Favourite motivational quote?

Don't be a dick. Sam Morgan, the founder of New Zealand's answer to eBay - Trade Me - wrote it into the company's core values. That and, if they're a dick, make them hurt. (Not attributed to Sam).

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

Take a turn on the front. And don't wear undies under your cycling nicks.

8.            My next race is …

Byron or Straddie and apprehensively contemplating an adventure race with the recently formed Red Dog AR Division.

9.           I couldn’t do without …

Renee Bidwell, Clare White, Tristan Taylor and John Martin. Trent and Cath too. Comrades, coaches and competitors who push me when I back off and pick me up when I falter.

10.        What do you do outside of triathlons?

Think about reading more and sleeping in (followed by instantly regretting sleeping in). Drink tea. Call the growing list of interstate/overseas friends and family I've neglected. Explore and find ways to support the stellar art collection and exhibitions presented at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA).

11.       What’s your one guilty pleasure? 

 Sleeping in. And standing out of the saddle up-hill on Saturday rides when Trent isn't watching.

 

A list of all AOTM recipients can be found here

ATHLETE OF THE MONTH – MARCH 2019

 

AOTM JohnMartin2

 

Congratulations to John Martin, AOTM for March 2019.

 

 

John wins the award for being on the winning team in Godzone Adventure Race - Pursuit, NZ, completing the course in 4 days, 22 hours and45 minutes.  Well done!!!

A big thank you to our sponsors RHP Physiotherapy, No More Knotsthe Brow Bar and AvantiPlus The Valley for donating this month’s prizes.

 

 AOTM JohnMartin3

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

Ecstatic, it's better than winning any race. Except for the Rum Can Relay, which was the actual pinnacle of my lifetime athletic achievements. I actually thought it would take me another decade to be AOTM and require a significant sponsorship donation to the club.

2.            What attracted you to the club?

I love that the club is so diverse in age and ability, that everyone fits in and feels welcome. Every person I spoke to told me the same thing, join Red Dog. Something I tell everyone now.

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

Between 2 and 20 hours a week.  It tends to be all or nothing.

4.            Least favourite session and why?

Wind Trainer - I bought a wind trainer, then I gave it away in perfect condition almost brand new shortly afterwards.  It felt morally wrong to sell it; or for it to even exist.

Normally when I ride, my heart fills with joy.  On a wind trainer, I feel the life slowly ebbing out of me with each pedal stroke.

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

For Trent to accept that wide brim hats are cool. And then once he's done that to accept that legionnaires hats are even cooler.

6.            Favourite motivational quote?

When I'm Training - "the more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle".

When I'm racing - "it can always get worse", this one seems the most useful as it often does.

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

Listen to Trent, but not after 9pm Fridays.

8.            My next race is …

Lots of small ones, but then I'd like to do the Talisker Transatlantic Row; I just need to learn to row.

9.           I couldn’t do without …

Orla, Chris, Tristan and Lucy who consistently help me train above and beyond myself.

Red Dog - I'd wanted to do an ironman since I was about 8yo and that only happened thanks to Trent and the club.

10.        What do you do outside of triathlons?

Sailing, freediving, kayaking, dentistry and the occasional adventure race.

11.       What’s your one guilty pleasure? 

Not Training, Bear Grylls - Man v Wild.

 AOTM JohnMartin1

A list of all AOTM recipients can be found here

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