Athletics - Sprinting
What does your standard training week involve?
I train 6 days a week.
Saturday- Track + Plyometric's
Where is your favourite place to train?
I love training outdoors and in the heat, so wherever there is sun I’m happy!
What is your favourite 2XU garment? When do you use it and why?
Compression Tights- I wear them after training, I find they help with my recovery.
What is your favourite training accessory?
Foam roll out- I use it daily, it helps stretch and rub out muscle soreness.
What has been the toughest experience in your career and what did you learn from it?
A hamstring injury during my base training, it set me back a month. But I definitely learnt how important it is that muscle tightness or soreness must never be ignored.
What’s the most common training mistake you see on the circuit? Any suggestions on how to avoid it?
In a lactic session it’s important to get the body to achieve lactic so we can get threshold. Common mistake; people go too hard and get saturated in lactic and then can’t complete the objective.
What motivates you to train and race harder?
My long term goal- running for Australia at the Rio Olympics. I constantly remind myself of that goal and the amount of hard work needed to achieve that goal. That’s what motivates me everyday.
Describe your diet/meal plan leading up to a big race:
I have a very healthy diet consisting of high protein foods and "good carbs" but I like to have treats every now and then. But religiously on race day I will always have porridge for breakfast.
How do you balance your training and racing life with life outside the sport?
It’s definitely not an easy thing juggling parental duties and a 6 day training week but I find that it helps having routine and consistency. It’s also a huge plus having a partner who is also in the sporting field as a profession.
What type of nutritional supplement do you find most helpful (either for training or competition)?
I don’t consume a lot of supplements. I try to get my vitamins from food where possible. But I do take multi vitamins and magnesium tablets; I also have a protein shake after training sessions to assist with recovery.
Best and worst thing about being a professional athlete:
Sacrifices, you have to make a lot of sacrifices, but on the upside you reap the rewards later on.
In five years time, I'll be:
Hoping I will have achieved my long term goal of competing at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, then running on home soil at the next Commonwealth Games.