What event are your training for and what is your goal?
Tarawera – 50km trail run on the North Island in November and Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon in Queenstown in February 2017. My goal first and foremost to have FUN and secondly to finish both races comfortably while giving it my all!
What it is your motivation for wanting to achieve this?
My motivational reasons are twofold – after having so much fun running the Hillary – 34km for my 34th birthday in February, which was my longest distance thus far and was completely out of my comfort zone. I enjoyed it so much, I thought why not run 50km? And the second reason having run several half marathons around the globe, I wanted a change of pace/ scenery and swap disciplines to trail. I couldn’t think of a better way to explore NZ.
What is your background and how did you get into your sport?
Always had a love of the outdoors and have been an active individual from a young age competing at State level in swimming, netball, cross country running and during the winter, ski racing. I needed a break from all those years in the pool, so decided to get back into running – socially of later years – until I signed up for the Hillary, I thought I better be serious and competitive, so I joined TeamCP and haven’t looked back.
What is your favourite event/or training mission so far?
2015 Spring Challenge in Wanaka
It was a great introduction to adventure racing, I had never competed in anything like that before, it was great to work as a team. I can’t wait to explore this discipline some more in the future.
What is your favourite training ride/run/kayak/swim etc?
Favourite training swim – Pier to Pub 1.2km swim, the world’s largest open water swim
Favourite training run – Each Saturday with my running family – exploring trails in and around Canterbury
Favourite training mtb – Lake Taylor to Hurunui Hut in torrential rain and a wicked nor’wester that blew us off our bikes!
Who is your biggest fan?
My family and friends! They are my biggest cheerleaders and are always encouraging me to do my best and reach for the stars.
Do you have an inspirational quote that you would like to share?
“Tough times don’t last, tough people do” Robert H. Schuller – Inspirational quote
“The mountains are calling and I must go” John Muir – My everyday quote, as I <3 the mountains, they are my happy place and can’t wait to get out in them!
What is your favourite recovery food?
Creamy Chocolate Avocado Smoothie – AMAZING!
1 cup almond milk
1 ripe banana
1 tablespoon raw honey or 3 dates
2 tablespoons raw cacao
2 tablespoons almond butter
1 1/2 teaspoons ground flaxseed
Any other comments?
Love being a part of the TeamCP family, such an encouraging, great bunch of like minded folk.