September Athlete of the Month 2010 - Amanda McIntosh

Reddog AOTM, how do you feel about that?  At a time in my life when everything else was falling apart, the only thing that kept me going was the squad members, my training and my goals.  I was very humbled to be given AOTM, for doing something that I love and makes me feel alive. 

What attracted you to the sport of triathlon?  I loved all the disciplines involved with triathlon and always wanted to compete, it was only a matter of time … it was very daunting going to swim squad training for the first time … if you can get past that everything else is a breeze

If you were Reddog coach for the week, what would you do differently?  Probably a brick session thrown in during the week – circuit of long pocket and run off the bike 2-3 sets depending how quick you are.  Loved your long Sunday Swim/Bike/Run that you did from Yeronga pool, would love to see more of those especially leading up to the major triathlons, would be happy to do those at Redcliffe or Gold Coast … really missing running on the track on Tuesday morning … Water running session, I’m not injured but definitely builds up the endurance

How much training do you do at the moment?  I do what Trent tells me to do (most of the time) … about 9 (10 if you include my Bikram Yoga, not for the faint hearted)

Least favourite session and why? None really, but if you made me choose, Thursday swim squad – only because the pool is 25 meters

If you had one wish, what would it be? For my sister and her children to find peace and happiness and have a beautiful life

Favourite motivational quote?

There are only two options regarding commitment. You're either IN or you're OUT. There is no such thing as life in-between - Pat Riley

It ain't over 'til it's over - Yogi Berra

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Favourite coach quote?  All the gear and no idea – I still have a lot to learn

What advice would you give to other Reddogs who would like to be AOTM? Have a goal and commit to it, show commitment to your training and you will see the results that you want.  Be enthusiastic and enjoy your life … and all importantly listen to your coach!!!

What are your goals? To finish in the top 10 in my age category (baby steps); keep pushing myself to try new disciplines and make sure that I don’t take myself too seriously, enjoy my life and keep it balanced

Who would be your ideal training partner? I seriously need help with my bike skills (or lack thereof), I would love a bit of time with Lance Armstrong.  Not only is he a great athlete but he is also committed to a greater cause.

August Athlete of the Month 2010 - Scott Waters

Reddog AOTM, how do you feel about that?

Stoked! There are a lot of people in the squad who train really hard so it's nice to think I'm amongst them. 

What attracted you to the sport of triathlon?

I got engaged so no longer needed the 'mirror muscles' from throwing weights around a gym room floor. I thought triathlons would be much more functional (though much more time consuming that I knew!)

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

I would make Chris the swim coach at Yeronga for the week - 400m warm up, 800m main set and a 100m cool down sounds great (sure, we wouldn't be good swimmers but it would be a relaxing night!)

How much training do you do at the moment?

About 8 sessions a week give or take (depending on how cold it is in the morning)

Least favourite session and why?

An example of a session I didn't enjoy as much as the rest: middle of winter, 15 degrees, cloudy, raining, pool heater not turned on the night before or that day, diving into an ice bath of a pool for an hour set.

If you had one wish, what would it be?

To have a robot me that can do those sessions I just don't feel like doing, then somehow be able to transfer the physiological benefits into my body.

Favourite motivational quote?

No quote, but as lame as it is Lance Armstrong and his unwavering drive and confidence is motivational. Embarrassing secret: when I feel lazy and want to stay in bed, I ask myself "What would Lance do?" That usually works and gets me moving.

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

Keep setting goals. Know what it is you want to achieve and be specific. And if it stops being fun take a break. You only live once, right?

Some sound advice: cut your toenails before you race. If you've seen mine lately you'll know why. 

Also, find a regional triathlon to do so the competition is slight-on and you can snag a victory.

What are your goals?

I've got a couple - to knock off Noosa in under 2:10, to finish Busso Ironman in December, and to steal Bretto's (sorry Bretto!) compete in the World Long Course Champs next November in Las Vegas (celebrated post-race with a Harley ride across the US). Support crew welcome!

Who would be your ideal training partner?

I would love the chance to train with Craig Alexander for a week, if only to pick his brain on all things Ironman. Otherwise in the land of reality: Lance and Chris @ Yeronga keep me motivated to swim faster, Pete Court and Ewan are so solid on the Sunday-session bike that it makes me want to do the goat track over and over, and Matty, Pete, and Nashy @ the track on Tuesday's push me to run faster. So really, life is sweet with the Reddog crew!


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