Q;How much extra niggle was there (if any) in races with Andrea Whitcomb after the Olympic selection “dispute”?
A;After the olympics in 2004 to be honest the last thing or person i was thinking about was andrea whitcombe. The whole episode was like a bomb going off and the months, actually years after were trying to recoup my personality from the debris that the politics of the olympics caused. I have a strong personality but I was only 21 and was getting pressure from all sides – mostly internal pressure but then having to carry the blame of a ill equiped system and bad management for the staff. Or at least that’s what it felt like. I actually shared a room on trips since with andrea and I like her. The facts still remain the same – I did not race the two trials before the games in which the other girls had to make performance criteria and failed to and so was picked on the third selection race. Everyone had a greater chance than me to race and qualify because i was in rehab with an achilles problem during the whole of 2004.
Q;Most embarrassing thing to happen in race or training e.g. costume malfunction, the back-to-front aero-lid the mout / dismount that didn’t work?
A;Nationals 2002 – my foot was so cold I rode 20km with my left foot on top of the shoe because my toes couldn’t work themselves into the shoe. probably not helped by the fact I didn’t want to stop pedaling
Got the foot in eventually and won the race which was Commonwealth trials but people still bring it up.
Q;Who would you most like to beat (read CRUSH) in a race?
A;The person that finishes second…..
Q;Karaoke song choice and are you first up or require a few post-event refreshments?
A;Oh I’m a very good singer
It would have to be something rocking like bad influence by pink however this song has the potential to go very off key when sang at high volume. I am partial to post event refreshments…they help me get through the speeches at the awards because I can get very nervous. I also think that I work real hard and deserve a party when I’ve raced well.
Q;The one thing age groupers continuously do wrong?
A;Everyone is different and we should never categorise big groups of people but I would say ‘typical’ triathletes seem to sweat the small things far too much. In the big scheme of things equipment improvement, timetrial bikes/wheels/bars ain’t going to make all that much difference. Solid, hard training will.
Q;If you could only have one, Olympic Gold or Kona win?
A;Which ever one I’m racing …thats an impossible choice and varies day to day. Ironman is definately more pure in my mind but the Olympics is legendary.
Q;f you had to choose, who would it be- Fred Flintstone or Barney Rubble?
A;Neither…they are animated characters….I don’t really fancy cartoons ! Except Postman Pat for obvious reasons.
Q;What was the toughest race you have ever done be it a swim race, run race, or triathlon and why?
A;God these questions are impossible. To be honest , most every big race I have ever done has been pretty grim. That may be the answer to that age group question….age groupers often think that we find sessions or races ‘easy’ or ‘less tough’. I hurt when I swim just as much as anyone. I wish I could describe how much sometimes! If your not sore after a race or think you are dying at some point in it then you’re not going hard enough.
Q;If you weren’t a pro triathlete, what do you think you’d be doing?
A;I’m not sure really. I have been doing pro tirathlon since my first year at university – however I did always want to be a doctor – I love the human body and I love performing massage (james’s and bek’s gorgeous calves tend to help my love of this
) so I would probably be in sports medicine somewhere. If I was to do that now though I think people would find me a little unconventional as I have been moulded by my experiance in sport.
Q;Where are your favorite racing and training locations?
A; Favourite racing locations are the established races in England like London, Hyde Park, Windor and Blenheim. They are beautiful and great races with lots of support from friends and family. Training locations are tainted by blood, sweat and tears
I love South Africa….this year Port Elizabeth and before in Stellenbosch. Leysin is probably the most effective training venue I go to.
Q;I noticed jodes races with mascara and eyeliner… what kind does she use? and guessing its waterproof?
A;If you noticed it it probably isn’t that effective at being waterproof haha . It’s whatever make up I’m into at the time…but if i must say YSLmascara is the best and Estee Lauder eyepencils…try maroon for green eyes , or ‘forest writer’ for blue eyes. I wear both as I have bluey, green eyes….haha. You make it sound like I am like Flo-Jo!
Q;whats jodes race schedule for the next few months?
A;I have had to pull from Sydney because of this sore foot that has been dragging on. I’ll go and race a few longies in USA in May then I’ll get be fit and ready for Madrid World Series in June. We pretty much have so much flexibility in my race calender because I race so many different distances and I like spontaneity and variety.
Q;With 2012 Olympics just around the corner what is her thought on having other athletes that are trying to race at the olympics on the team? Does she enjoy being surrounded by the some of the same people that she will be racing against at the Olympics or is it just like any other race to her?
A;You can’t go through your career avoiding competition. I believe having competitors on the team helps push everybody forward and keep our training honest. I’d be pretty dumb to want to train with people slower than me, or to only want to train with boys. The olympics is obviously not ‘just’ another race but it is exactly like any other race. With exactly the same people who have exactly the same ability as in other world class race. It is only different to those that find the capacity to delve outside their supposed ability on that given day.
Q;If you could date a celeb who would it be?
A; James Cunnama haha – he’ll be mad now. No…um I wouldn’t want to date anyone who refered to themselves as a celeb…they are usually cocks.
Q;Who would you turn gay for?
A;haha there wud only be one girl for me
Bek . If you insist though…Scarlet Johannson
Q;What are your favorite perfumes?
A;I have been wearing the same perfume since I was 11…eternal by Calvin Klein
Q;What’s her favorite part about being in Thailand?
A;I love the kamikazi dogs
Q;How many pairs of shoes does she own? I think she brought more pairs than I own!!!
A;I have a fair amount of shoes however Brett banned them whilst my foots getting better
However you girls may laugh but every single one of you that comes into my room tries them on !
Q;You did olympic distance pretty good as well. How does it change your training since you are more focussed on the longer distance?
A;It doesn’t. Brett is good at what he does and we mix my programme up whatever distance I’m doing. Good, hard, honest work makes medals at any distance.
Q; ” Favourite recent drug (pharmacy) purchase and why?” (- i figure it will be some kind of make-up, nail polish. A;Voltaren 100mg cos it stops my foot hurting…..I don’t really get why people think its unique that a 29 year old girl wears makeup and likes clothes shopping…pretty damn normal to me!
Q; If you go to training, what makes you the most fun. What is your motivation? ( particular discipline, look forward to good food, the massage after training.. )
A; I just love training itself. Its the best part of my day. I like winding people up , I like testing myself and I like winning so training is all part and partial of doing that.