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Catherine Watson

What event are your training for and what is your goal?
Huka Challenge MTB in Nov and C2C Longest Day in Feb are the main aims this year

What it is your motivation for wanting to achieve this?
Attempted the Huka Challenge a couple of years ago but event got shortened due to string winds – have always wanted to go back. Have completed C2C 4 times before in various categories (with 2 additional aborted attempts), first time was 1996, so been a long time fan of the race. Keen to make it 5 completed efforts and really keen to give the Longest day the best nudge I can with some coaching assistance this time around.

What is your background and how did you get into your sport?
Have been a keen multisporter ever since university days. Got into C2C when Dad was looking for a team mate to do the kayak (he thought he was too old to learn – then got the bug and learnt anyway!). Been hooked since then and really enjoyed being part of any event that is a little adventurous, including some adventure racing (24hrs only) & rogaining. More recently tried out triathlon, but more motivated by the off-road stuff.

What is your favourite event/or training mission so far?
Any trip or event that takes me into the backcountry and challenges me

It’s my happy place ?

What is your favourite training ride/run/kayak/swim etc?
Anything to do with my new MTB at the moment! Loving some of the runs with the Southern Trail Runners group too – nice people, and seem to be able to just keep cruising along with them.

Who is your inspiration?
My dad – age is no barrier and he’s determined to give anything a go and make the most of every effort.

Who is your biggest fan?
My hubby ?

Do you have an inspirational quote that you would like to share?
Not so much an inspirational quote as a mantra to live by…

The 5 simple rules of happiness:

1) Free your heart from hatred

2) Free your mind of worry

3) Live simply

4) Give more

5) Expect less

What is your favourite recovery food?
Fruit & yoghurt smoothie