Im a 2 x Ironman Champion, and multiple time 70.3 Ironman Champion.
My career was accidental, short and sweet starting in 2004 and finishing in 2009 so that I could start a family. I completed my first triathlon in 2002 at age 29, at a time when I needed something more in my life. My husband, Kristian had persuaded me to try triathlon instead of training for a straight marathon. We signed up with the Bondi Triathlon Club together. We were total newbies, had no idea what we were doing, but we were hooked! My lofty goals that first year were to complete some sprint triathlons- nothing more!
6 months into this new found sport, I came second in my age group at Ironman Australia and qualified for the Ironman World Championships.
As an age group athlete, I found quick success and unbelievably within 2 years I was in my first Professional Ironman race. Still so new to the sport my career was an experiment in trial and error.
I found Ironman addictive and challenging but also a distance that suited me. I completed 23 Ironman races all around the world and earned a wealth of experience along the way.
I trained under various philosophies that shaped my career and beliefs on training methodology, experiencing first hand the good bad and the ugly! In my final years of racing, I was coached by Kristian for whom I was a fantastic guinea pig! Our coach/athlete/husband/wife relationship worked surprisingly well! And made my success extremely rewarding for the both of us.
Triathlon totally changed my life in that I went from someone who lacked self-confidence, was devastatingly shy, felt lost and like Id achieved nothing in life to someone who achieved something to be proud of. My triathlon career was a journey of transformation for which I am so grateful.