What does your standard training week involve?
Strength and conditioning in the gym, road rides, training in the velodrome and stationary bike work.
Where is your favourite place to train?
I mostly train indoors so when I can, I love jumping on my road bike and cruising along the beautiful coasts South Australia has to offer.
What is your favourite 2XU garment? When do you use it and why?
After a big day I love to put on my compression tights to help my legs feel better and recover for my next session.
What is your favourite training accessory?
Power meter. It lets me know what my top speed and maximum power was for each effort. It keeps me motivated as I always like to go faster and be stronger.
What has been the toughest experience in your career and what did you learn from it?
Having two knee surgeries and glandular fever all in the space of three years. It was tough when your body rebels when you do so much to look after it. I had to keep starting from scratch after losing all my fitness and strength. But, it made me who I am today. Tougher and more motivated to train harder.
What’s the most common training mistake you see on the circuit? Any suggestions on how to avoid it?
Over training. It’s important to let your body recover so you can get the most out of each session. Work with a professional in your field who can help you manage the right program for you.
What motivates you to train and race harder?
You only get a short period in life to be an elite athlete. I like to tackle each training session like it’s my last. When I’m grey and old I want to know I did everything I could to keep improving and hopefully reach my full potential.
Describe your diet/meal plan leading up to a big race:
I always like to eat healthy and don’t change routine too much close to racing. Just make sure I have the right amount of everything so that I’m fuelled up come race day.
How do you balance your training and racing life with life outside the sport?
It’s all about time management. I’m also very lucky to have a supportive family and friendship network who are behind my sporting endeavors 100%, and understand the sacrifices of an elite athlete.
What type of nutritional supplement do you find most helpful (either for training or competition)?
Can’t go wrong with a low carb/fat protein power. Great to take after a big session and a quick snack if you don’t have time to eat.
Best and worst thing about being a professional athlete:
Best things would be the friends you make and the life lessons you learn from all the travel and meeting so many interesting people from all walks of life. The worst thing would be being away from family and friends for long periods of time.
In five years time, I'll be:
Hopefully still riding my bike for Australia, if not, happy and healthy enjoying whatever life has thrown my way!
- Being triple national champion at the 2013 Australian track nationals
- Winning Gold in the team sprint at my first world cup
- Breaking World, Paralympic and Australian records and winning gold at the London 2012 Paralympic games on a tandem bike when I piloted for a visually impaired athlete
- Dual national champion at the 2014 Australian track nationals