What sporting advice do you have to give most frequently?
As a fairly young triathlete, I am most often looking for advice from more experienced athletes. The most common advice I would give to younger athletes is not to let a bad race influence the way you attack your next race, it is best to move on and look forward.
What is your best trick for staying motivated?
Training alone can be boring. It is best to find other athletes of like mind to enjoy training with.
Describe your diet/meal plan leading up to a big race:
Before a race, it is good to work out a race plan and make sure if things change during the race that you are able to alter your plan accordingly. Your nutrition in the week leading up to a race should be well planned and include carbohydrates, protein and good hydration. The same goes for after a race. Ice baths for me are one of the most effective ways to recover after a race.
What is your best technique tip?
Triathlon involves a lot of equipment so it's best to have a checklist and pack your gear the night before a race.
What's the most effective type of training to increase endurance/speed/height/distance?
Hill repeats on the Whangapoua Hill are the best strength workout ever. For me 200/400's on the track is great for running speed.
What tricks do you have for performing at your best on Race/Match day?
Early nights leading up to a race work for me and trying to keep anxiety levels low by keeping my mind occupied.
How do you balance your training and racing life with life outside the sport?
Working out priorities around training and other commitments and organising my day so that I can have rest time and time for friends.
What type of nutritional supplement do you find most helpful (either for training or competition)?
I use Horley's Replace whilst on long workouts and Em's Power Bars as a snack.
What is your favourite training accessory?
My Garmin 910XT and SRM power meter.
Commonly believed training/competition myth busted:
That you need big strong legs to be a good cyclist. Most people who know me reckon I have the skinniest legs they have ever seen!
Any other advice:
Enjoy racing because it should be hard but also fun.