Monday, July 29, 2013

Rod Marton ...Buns of Steel

Rod Marton needs no introduction in the Exceed family .He has been one of the key members and organizers in the club. I first sort of met Rod in the early days at North Coast Tri club ( 2006/7) on Saturday rides from Bikeforce Woodvale (although he may not recall as I was way at the back of the ride) where the lead riders would hammer it from the turnaround at Guildford and come down Reid Highway back to Woodvale.Even then Rod was in the lead group.He has impressively become faster .The results speak for themselves . Application and consistency despite some injury the hallmark of getting to Kona 3 times .
Picking Up the Kona slot at Ironman 70.3 Auckland 2013



1.     Full name: Rod Marton
2.     Age Group: 45-49
3.     Profession: Marine Education
4.     Years in profession: 9
5.     Brief background :Did you grow up in Perth and were you into sports when you were younger?  Perth through and through, I  played the normal sports in junior clubs. Football for 17 seasons (including country league), A grade baseball and plenty of golf.
6.     Triathlon experience: A brief outline
7.     Started in 2007. Did a fun tri, sprint, Olympic, 70.3 then IM in the first year one after the other. Every single triathlon that year I did not feel I would finish when I stood at the start line.
8.     Walk us through your active lifestyle.  What is an average day when you are training for an ironman? Heaviest loading is 6 days a week (always Sunday off to spend with my wife). At least 2 sessions a day, sometimes 3. Massage once a week. Longest sessions bike 650km p/w, run 80km p/w, swim 15km p/w
9.     Why the Ironman triathlon? What started you on that? I put the “virus” to bed after 2007 and did not wish to complete another IM. In 2010 I had a good result at the Busso 70.3 and it showed me I could have decent results in longer distances. I set broad goals for my first IM back (which was in Houston) and went beyond them. The rest is history (or stupidity).
10.  When taking on such an event , how do you maintain your balance of work, life and family? It took 3 years to get it right. I could not start a program without the full support of my wife, it would be stupid to do so. She knows the times I now need to train and the times I can do things socially. The biggest positive to our lifestyle is the travel and my wife loves that! I have a flexible work where I can timetable a lot of my appointments which makes things possible. Thinking outside the square to find times and places to do training is the key.
11.  How does an active physical lifestyle tie in to your work ? See above
12.  How many years did you train/participate in triathlon  before you qualified for Kona? 4 years however I was really lucky to qualify on my first real attempt.
13.  Tell us about the one or a few inspirational moments of your Triathlon career.Are there any standout moments or memories or accomplishments you are most proud of? 2010 IM 70.3 Busselton I still rate as my best race from start to finish. I think I made the fewest errors in that race than any other.
14.  What do you enjoy the most about our sport    The coffee and the breakfast – seriously! My best time of the day is breakfast after an early training session. Being in good physical shape is also important to me.
15.  What is your favourite race and why? Kona, It is the Hollywood of triathlon. The downside is you start to believe you are better than you probably are J
16.  Who or what in Triathlon inspires you? New people taking on an IM. I love it and get really excited for them to have a go. It inspires me so much when people who did not believe they could even finish, surprise themselves with a great result.
17.  Do you have a favourite workout and if you do what is it? It is the best and the worst. The hour of power on the bike where we basically go all out for 60minutes. The feeling of accomplishment following that session is next to nothing.
18.  What’s your favorite triathlon discipline to compete at? Probably the bike although I am learning to enjoy the run (or telling myself to enjoy the run at least)
19.   What music keeps you motivated during training? (if any) Got to have music for the long training sessions. I couldn’t get by without it. Anything from the music library is fine but LOUD.
20.   What’s something people might be surprised to find out about you? I am really not that good at IM
21.   When you are not training or competing, people can find you ...(fill in the blank)  Taking educational programs (camps) in the middle of the wilderness in places like Shark Bay
22.   What’s one race you haven’t done yet that you like to do someday? Spectate – Tour de France, compete – Race across America