G: I was studying then I was pregnant. I had a baby and breastfed. I got really fat. I was teetering on 100kg. It was about identity, I felt like I don’t have anything now-not a uni student, I’m a mum but what else am I? Am I just a mum? I don’t want to be just someone’s mum.
I was just looking for something. My mother in law is a triathlete and she said just come along and do the mother’s day run.
I said ‘but that’s 4km how will I ever manage?’
So I trained my little butt off and did the couch to 4kms. That took me ages but I did it and got a little medallion and I was like ‘my god! I got a little medal! Then that was it, it just escalated from there.
K: I use to weigh 84kg. I lost 24 kg. About 8 years ago I just got tired of being bigger and being unfit. I couldn’t even swim!
I guess its that feeling being a bit blurhhh.., not feeling good about yourself . I would struggle to run a km without dying. I didn’t even own a bike. I made a conscious decision that I wanted to change my outlook and health.
I ate a lot of steamed chicken. There was a lot of steamed chicken involved!!
I basically just ate too much McDonalds and didn’t do any exercise. So that’s always going to end badly!
I started just doing short, small women’s only triathlons.
K: Yes, it was about setting micro goals as a way of achieving that larger, longer-term goal. I couldn’t swim when I started triathlon and that’s a major part to triathlon! It’s the first bit and if you don’t how, you’ll drown!
I had to learn how to swim as an adult. The women’s triathlon people have a triathlon training course. I was very lucky. One of the instructors was an excellent swimmer and offered us some extra training. That gave me enough training to not drown in my first 200m swim. I think that first one took me 45minutes. To put that in perspective. It takes me 45 min to swim 2km now.