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‘Participating in endurance and multisport events gives me discipline, structure to my week where my training becomes MY time and … that finishing feeling … nothing beats it!’
After a one-month hiatus, Fast Five is back and this month we are featuring another member of our amazing coaching team – Coach Courtney Lornie.
Court is both an endurance coach and personal trainer who has a long history of participating in triathlon and endurance events, having competed in her first Tour Down Under cycling event when she was just 17 years old. Over the past four years she has taken a more serious approach and became a T: Zero athlete 3.5 years ago, before taking up a coaching position in August last year.
Court has competed across numerous events and varying distances during her triathlon and multisport career and counts her proudest moment to date as finishing her very first Ironman. While she’ll always be a cyclist at heart, she is currently also loving swim sessions (something she never thought she’d say!) with her fiancée joining in to keep her accountable. Building on the standard swim/bike/run sessions, Courtney makes sure to include regular weights training to keep on top of muscle growth and maintenance. Outside of training, she enjoys snowboarding, espresso martini making 😉 and regular walks with her pup Cooper.
Since becoming a T:Zero athlete and coach, Court believes that having and sticking to a clear schedule, as well as blocking out her time with her own athletes are the two things that have most improved her performance. Her best advice is to “take one step at a time, stay consistent and don’t be too hard on yourself.”
Looking to 2021, Courtney is focussed on gaining strength to improve her times across iron-distance events. She is currently training for Ironman Cairns and has her sights set on a 100km trail run to raise money for ‘Fight MND’ in memory of her uncle. Go Court! 👊
Why and how did you get into triathlon/endurance/multisport?
I have competed in triathlon/endurance/multisport since I was in high school. I started doing distance cycling with my Dad and then it evolved from that!
Favourite distance? Why?
Full Ironman. I love the discipline of a full and also the mental aspect of pushing my body that far.
Favourite race? Why?
Ironman New Zealand – STUNNING. It was my first full distance and my family travelled over to watch me. It will always hold a special place in my heart. My dad is also from NZ so it’s very special to me. I 100% recommend the race.
From a coach’s perspective, what attributes do you see the most successful athletes have? Consistency, trusting the process and having a strong enough ‘why’.
Any funny or embarrassing race/event memories or stories you’d like to share?
Probably when I didn’t clip out fast enough after the bike leg and stacked it SLOWLY in front of everyone. (Editor’s note: A classic … love it!).
And one more for good measure (and a big head) …
Why do you love being part of the T:Zero Multisport team?
I love the values of T:Zero and also being part of an amazingly supportive community!
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