Starting in January 2009 on the Bondifit Rookie (Beginner) Triathlon course, I decided I preferred the look of the training that the Iron distance guys were doing. What was this Ironman lark? So I signed up for Busselton Ironman. Still being incredible naïve and a novice in the sport, I completed the Ironman and decided actually this short fast stuff was much better and more fun. In 2009, I pretty much got a wild card to compete for Great Britain at the World Championships on The Gold Coast. I finished ninth in my Age Group, in the Sprint distance. This certainly wasn’t a sparkling performance and having only just started in the sport, really had no idea what I was doing still. In 2010, I competed in the World Championships in Budapest, finishing second (by just 7seconds, not that I knew that at the time)! This was a bit of an eye opener for me, and surprise or confirmation to what I had started to believe I could achieve. It was more special by the fact that I raced on a borrowed bike, as mine had been stolen the day before the race (also my 30th birthday) and also that my whole family had made the trip to come and watch. This race however made me hungry for more. It gave me a belief but more importantly the desire to train harder and an ambition to improve, learn more and strive to become the best athlete I could be.
A year later in 2011, I won Gold in the Sprint distance at the World Championships in Beijing also becoming the fastest female overall. I was World Champion! This was an incredible moment and feeling and one that is secured in my memory forever. Again having my family there to witness it too (this time actually on my birthday) was just an amazing moment. It fuelled again my desire for more and to get better.
It was time to step up to the Olympic distance though and so in 2012 I raced at the World Championships in Auckland over the longer distance. Once again grateful to my parents for making the trip to the southern hemisphere to watch me take the Gold. This kicked off a big year where I went on to win the Noosa Triathlon and Geelong Triathlon in the Open Age.
Again though it was time to move up a distance and have a crack at the 70.3, the half iron distance. The race, Honu 70.3, in Hawaii. I won my age group and was overall female amateur winner, also I actually crossed the line second overall, and on paper was second only to the Professional Women’s winner, Belinda Granger! Wow! What a location! What a race! I loved every minute of it! It also meant that I secured my qualification for the 2013 Ironman 70.3 World Championships, in Las Vegas and this now became my focus. In September 2013, I won my age group (by 20minutes) and I became the fastest female amateur at the World Championships, finishing 11th overall (on paper). It was incredible again I just loved every moment of it. A week later I returned to the shorter Olympic distance to defend my title in London at the PruHealth World Championships. This was a pretty special moment, if somewhat surreal, as it was my first triathlon in the UK, it was on the site of the Olympics and also again all my family were there to watch me as well as many friends. It was my forth World Championship title as an Amateur.
In October 2013, I decided that I needed to take my energy and love of this sport to the next level and so I took the decision to turn Professional. Then in April 2014 took the bigger leap, resigning from my job in the corporate world to relocate from Sydney to San Francisco with the opportunity to be coached by one of the best in the business, Matt Dixon and join his Purplepatch squad, fully focusing my energy and efforts on developing as a full time Professional Triathlete.
I’m now in my third year as a full time Professional Athlete, and I have absolutely no regrets. It’s been an incredible journey so far. Adjusting from corporate to athlete, hobby to career, nice salary to well… But the challenge still excites me and I still feel so new to the sport, particularly the longer endurance distances, and so there is still so much to learn and to improve, and this is what drive and motivates me. How fast can I go? How strong can I be? How good can I get?
I have a fantastic opportunity to follow my passion and I’m fortunate that I get to do what I love every day.
Life is too short to live with regrets. I don’t want to look back in 10year, 20years time and ask myself, “what if?” I want to give this life a go.
Don’t Die Wondering…