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FAST 5 - MAY 2021 - ROSIE SPICER
Porepunkah, Victoria, Australia
‘Find fun in your training and feel proud of yourself for getting out there and having a go.’
This month’s Fast Five feature athlete is none other than recently crowned Ultraman WR holder in the 65-69 category – Rosie Spicer! Rosie executed her recent Ultraman Australia race to absolute perfection, coming home 4th female overall and with an Ultraman WR in her age category to boot!
Rosie’s a Diversional Therapist from Porepunkah, Victoria, a small village near Bright. She’s been participating in triathlon and endurance events since 2004 and a T:Zero athlete herself for a few years, flourishing under Coach Rich’s guidance. It’s a good thing Rosie LOVES riding her bike, because she’s spent plenty of time on it, training to complete over 30 half-iron distance races and 25 Ironman races, including three trips to Kona to compete in the Ironman World Championships. Ironman is her favourite distance to tackle she says, because “I’m a bit like the tortoise … and take a bit to get going!”.
Rosie balances her standard triathlon training with gym sessions twice a week and manages to do some gardening in between training sessions. She’s motivated by her partner whose encouragement keeps her going, and calls upon her mantra “breathe, breathe and breathe some more” when required during race day (s)! Her standard go-to pre-race ritual? A good old “cuppa and crumpets with vegemite” – could this be the secret to Kona qualification we’ve all been searching for?
Congratulations again on a stellar Ultraman performance Rosie, and we are so excited to see where the rest of 2021 and beyond takes you! Now, someone pass the crumpets and vegemite!
Why and how did you get into triathlon/endurance/multisport?
My partner was involved and it was a natural progression. Plus, I opened my big mouth and said I could do this.
Favourite race? Why?
My first Ironman race held at Port Macquarie. Because of the sense of actually achieving something that was never on my radar and crying for the last kilometre… and crying in the finishing chute. Punching the air and saying “shit, look what I have just done”.
Proudest triathlon moment?
Winning the 70.3 series in my age group and being number one in Australia in the full Ironman series in my age group.
What’s playing on your iPod? Do you have a “go-to” song that always gets you pumped up or motivated?
I like to listen to podcasts. I utilise the time to learn stuff.
Since becoming a T:Zero athlete, what is the one new belief, behaviour, habit formed or skill honed that has most improved your athletic (or everyday) performance?
Running. I like the program my coach has set for me. 13:5 run 1:5 walk. This is so effective for my body and mind.
And one more for good measure (and a big head) …
Why do you love being part of the T:Zero Multisport team?
The support and knowing like-minded people.
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