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Rach Wells

What event are your training for and what is your goal?
I’m in training for life actually, but hoping to learn to ride a MTB properly and get some events in next year to keep me focused. This is officially a code change for me, form IM and 1/2IM triathlon to MTB. A significant hammy injury has meant that after 12 months I am still not running pain free.

What is your background and how did you get into your sport? 
I took up multi-sport in 2000 and loved it. I kept however wrecking my ankles, so was told to try swimming. This then saw me convert to triathlon – IM2004 (a life time ago) and numerous other tris and 1/2IM’s. I have also done a lot of endurance stuff – i.e K2 (never again), Coastal Challenge Full Monty etc. It was a life time ago! I am a sucker for anything off road like the Rotorua ½, Xterra etc. We live in such an amazing country, and when you go off road, you get to see and experience places you might otherwise not.

What is your favourite event/or training mission so far?
Favourite event was IM2004 – I had the perfect day and race. My then coach Jon Ackland, was just wonderful and set me up so well mentally for the event. I didn’t hit the wall and achieved all my goals for the day. Was just incredible.

What is your favourite training ride/run/kayak/swim etc?
Running – anything off-road! In Wellington I love the skyline trace, and the Xterra locations – especially around the Meridian wind farm, and around the coast. Can’t beat a good ocean swim – love the Wellington ocean swim around the lighthouse. Riding – anything out in the country. Not a huge fan of riding around cities….

Who is your inspiration?
It will sound corny – but it has to be Cameron Brown. I first met Cam at a training weekend in 2003 – that he and Scott Molina were running. Have kept in touch ever since. He is an incredible guy – he is so humble, kind and approachable….and has on numerous occasions gone out of his way to help me. And, all the people that cross the IM finish line after 16hrs, they are incredibly inspiring too!

Who is your biggest fan?
My kids – Casey and Noah (5 y/o twin boys) and my 12-year old daughter Cameron.

Do you have an inspirational quote that you would like to share?
‘To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limited, and then you have to have the courage to blow past them!’ (Pacablo Street)

What is your favourite recovery food?
Wine – that is a food group eh?