August 2019 - Kelly McManus
Sydney, New South Wales
“It’s a privilege to have the health, time and resources to be able to participate in these kinds of events. That alone is enough motivation for me”.
Our August Fast Five feature athlete is Sydney-based Kelly McManus, who has been training with Coach Steve for the past 18 months. Kelly’s been a runner (and multiple marathon finisher) for the last 18 years, but her foray into triathlon began only three years ago. Since her triathlon debut in 2016, she’s completed multiple sprint and Olympic distance triathlons, four 70.3 races, Huskisson Long Course and Ironman Cairns in 2018.
Not surprisingly, Kelly’s favourite leg is the run because it’s, as she puts it, “so uncomplicated and I’m always on such a high because it means I survived the bike”. Currently in training for Western Sydney 70.3 later this year, she balances her endurance training with physio exercises, some strength work and the occasional spot of yoga.
Although not the biggest fan of waking up early, since becoming a T:Zero athlete Kelly says she’s certainly learned you can force yourself to become a morning person! And the best piece of advice she’s got for someone starting out in the sport? Be consistent.
Kelly’s a History teacher who attends drawing classes and studies law part-time for interest. She also writes a wonderful blog - Kelly Runs and Eats - where she chronicles her adventures in running and triathlon!
Why and how did you get into triathlon/endurance/multisport?
I was a runner who became friends with some triathletes via social media! Within a few months I decided to participate in Western Sydney 70.3 in 2015 in a relay (as the swimmer and runner) so I could see what it was all about before buying a bike. I loved it. It took me about 6 months to buy a bike but 3 months later I did my first tri and a couple of months after that my first 70.3. It escalated quickly!
Favourite race? Why?
Running - City2Surf. It’s an iconic Sydney race. I grew up watching the runners pass my house every year and I remember being particularly inspired by Steve Moneghetti (who still holds the men’s record.) Nothing beats slogging up Heartbreak Hill and then being rewarded with the run down into Bondi! (Fun fact: Kelly just completed her 13th C2S this year!).
Triathlon – Cairns. Ironman was one of the best days of my life and I loved the 70.3 the year before. An ocean swim for the swim leg is my favourite thing, the bike course is stunning, and the run was quite lovely too.
Swimming – the Bondi to Watson’s Bay, a stunning 10k ocean swim around the heads and into Sydney Harbour.
Favourite distance? Why?
Ironman because I love that an endurance event can take you on the most incredible mental and physical journey in just a single day. 70.3 is a close second as it’s the distance I’ve participated in the most and it’s long enough to feel like an extremely solid and satisfying day out.
Have you ever had an apparent training or race day “failure” that has set you up for later success?
I DNF-ed the Melbourne marathon in 2004 because I simply wasn’t ready. It was upsetting and disappointing but it taught me the importance of preparation.
Do you have any tips for athletes struggling to find some motivation or who may have temporarily lost focus?
And one more for good measure (and a big head) …
Why do you love being part of the T:Zero Multisport team?
The support. I was so grateful for the warmth and enthusiasm of the T:Zero team during Ironman Cairns.
May 2017 - Jen Nutchey
Fresh off her inspiring performance at Tweed Enduro, we sit down with Jen Nutchey - a T:Zero Multisport athlete whose consistency over the past 12 months has paid off significantly.
1) Tell us a bit about yourself
I'm Jen... a South Australian at heart who has been in Brisbane with my hubby Dave for the last 12 years (married for 15 years). I'm an Intensive Care Unit Nurse by day (or night) who loves the sport of triathlon and enjoys photography in my remaining (little) spare time.