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Annelies Basten

What event are your training for and what is your goal?
My ultimate goal is the 1/2 Challenge Wanaka and then onto the age group worlds Sprint and Olympic Distance Triathlon worlds in September.

What it is your motivation for wanting to achieve this?

Initially it was just to complete Challenge Wanaka but this has evolved into a lifestyle where I am enjoying training and racing and the bonus is that it also keeps me sane…

What is your background and how did you get into your sport?

I was a sycronised swimmer in my youth and won a number of national titles in my native Holland.  When I moved to New Zealand I got into cycling and worked up to the point of being selected for the NZ National team in 2007.   During this time I did a lot of training with a friend who was preparing for the Taupo Ironman, naturally this got placed on the bucket list.  Now i am enjoying the new challenge of triathlon and  ticking some of these things off.

What is your favourite event/or training mission so far?

I love hills so the Corsair Classic event in the weekend was really cool and any riding around the port hills!

Who is your biggest fan?
Izzi (my 7 year old) – it is so awesome to have her in my corner cheering me on!

Do you have an inspirational quote that you would like to share?
Believe in yourself and the work that you do – the time and effort that you put in will pay off.

What is your favourite recovery food?
A nice refreshing green smoothie, after all I am a vegan plant powered athlete!!