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“Anything is better than nothing. Just have a go and start small to prove to yourself you can do it. Then the sky’s the limit!”
Our March Fast Five athlete is Rachelle Mulligan. Based in Brisbane, Rachelle has recently celebrated one year of being a T:Zero athlete, under the tutelage of Coach Steve.
For the last four years Rachelle has participated in numerous running and triathlon events - from fun runs and half marathons to sprint, olympic and half ironman triathlon. Her preference is the longer distances that play to her endurance strength and completing the Sunshine Coast Half Ironman with her family at the finish line has been her proudest triathlon moment to date.
While her best leg is the swim, she gains most enjoyment from the run; her favourite training session being the long L2/L3 runs which give her time to “chill and reset”.
As an Associate Nurse Unit Manager on a Cardiothoracic Surgical Unit at one of Brisbane’s largest hospitals as well as a mum of two young children, understandably, Rachelle’s biggest challenge is working around the logistics of managing training, shift work and home life. Fortunately, with a supportive family and coach in her corner, she’s been able to achieve balance between all three with careful planning, focus and dedication.
Prior to the COVID-19 cancellations to events announced earlier this month, Rachelle was focussed on the goal of completing her first marathon at Noosa in May, as well as the Gold Coast Half Marathon and her first trail run at the Brisbane Trail Ultra 30K. In true T:Zero spirit, she’s now revised her plans and has the Virtual Triathlon Series on top of her list and is setting a date to run her own marathon in the coming months. She’s still got her fingers crossed the Sunshine Coast Half Ironman goes ahead later this year - as do we!
Why and how did you get into triathlon/endurance/multisport?
After having my second child in 2015 (2 children under 2) I found myself possibly selfishly looking for something just for me to achieve and a bonus was I got a bit of alone time.
My sister-in-law who was a runner dragged me down to parkrun and encouraged me weekly after that. The feeling of participating in a weekly event with people of all abilities made it the perfect environment for me to get started.
I then was asked to be the swimmer in a team triathlon and the atmosphere from that day sparked the hunger in me to want to be part of that!
Favourite race? Why?
Sunshine Coast Half Ironman.
It was a long lead up with lots of training and sacrifices (not just for me but my husband and children) that went into one perfect day. With lots of family and friends on the sideline cheering me on to complete something that I never thought possible.
What’s your favourite thing about triathlon/endurance/multisport?
I think the atmosphere on race day is something that is unbeatable. I am always a nervous wreck as I just want to be able to do my best and make all the training count. When I cross that line I am already thinking about when I can do it again (maybe not my first thought but definitely always have that post tri week high which results in entries to more events!)
What motivates or inspires you to train/race/participate?
Initially I wanted to get fit and healthy and have found a way to do this while having fun with triathlons. To have an event coming up pushes me to be race ready and have another focus in life outside of family and work. The love and support of my family to participate in this sport is also a big motivator.
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?
The fear of the red session on Training Peaks!!!!
I guess with that deep down is being accountable for my own success. I have an amazing coach who sets well thought out sessions and if they are not completed then that is all on me. If I want to improve and smash goals then I need to put the work in and not make excuses.
And one more for good measure (and a big head) …
Why do you love being part of the T:Zero Multisport team?
Steve’s coaching is second to none and I have really enjoyed the support and training he has provided over the last year.
Meeting the extended T:Zero team before the Sunshine Coast Half IM last year was great to put some faces to names and felt nice to be a part of a team in a primarily individual sport. Out on the course it helped pass the tough times by spotting the T:Zero kits and the famous pink socks and I heard a lot of encouragement every time paths were crosse
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