|M Duffield after IM Port Mac Pic by Katy Duffield|
In a short piece in the Aussie Triathlon Magazine is a section on Psychology and a piece by sports psychologist Matt Ahberg .
He states: " If you are competing in Triathlon , you have signed up for pain .Like it or not , it is the nature of the beast .So when your mind and body are telling you how much pain they are in , how do you respond? To be successful , you must respond by doing."
Full Name : Michelle Duffield
Age Group : 25-29/open
Profession: Riverpark Operations Officer at the Swan River Trust
Years in Profession: 2 Months
Brief Background: I'm from the 'hills' (sawyers valley). I grew up in Sawyers Valley until I was 18, when the family moved to Victoria Park.
I started athletics when I was six and competed in middle distance events for 12 years. I also competed in equestrian, and participated in ballet, basketball and netball until my later high school years.
When did you realize you’d been bitten by the triathlon bug?
After my first one. It was the first time in many years I had competed in sport, finished towards the back of the field, and loved every minute of it. After so many years in athletics, I'd learnt to put pressure on myself and expect to do well. It was refreshing to have no pressure, no win, but still have so much fun - something I'd lost from athletics a few years earlier.
|picking her up her Kona Ticket at IM Port Macquarie 2013.Pic by Katy Duffield|
Triathlon experience :
- 2004 - first triathlon. Womens only enticer. I spent a couple of seasons racing enticers and sprint before eventually trying Olympic distance in 2006.
- 2007 - first half ironman
- 2009 - World Sprint Age Group champion
- 2010 - first Ironman
- 2011 - Kona (20th in age group)
- 2013 - Port Macquarie (and Kona to come)
- 4:30am wake up
- 4:45am training (Mon & Fri - 1 hour run. Tues, Thurs - 2 hour bike. Wed - 1.25hr windtrainer)
- 7am work
- 3:30pm finish work
- 4pm training (Mon, Wed Fri - gym and swim squad. Tues and Thurs - run). Most nights I'm home around 7:30pm - just in time to wash, eat, pack for the next day and get to bed by 8:30pm.
- Sat is a 3:30am wake up. Long ride (5-7 hours) and a run off the bike (45min - 1hour).
- Sunday is rest day. amen!