From Austria to Huskinsson
After finishing third in her age group at the Husky Long Course last month, we undertook the Mecca Q&A with a great local triathlete
Full name: Brenda Bimrose. Nickname: Bren.
Birthplace and current suburb: England (moved to Australia at three years of age). Currently in North Buderim.
Age and marital status: 56, married to Victor. Two boys/men Chris (28), Scott (25). Club/coach: Atlas Multisports – Jason Crowther.
Favourite food: All Italian food. Favourite drink: Champagne and wine, maybe the occasional lychee martini.
Pet hates: Judgemental people. Favourite run location and why: Along the beach from Mooloolaba Spit to Picnic Point. It makes me realise how lucky we are to be living on the Sunshine Coast, with beautiful beaches and lots of happy people enjoying the beach life.
Favourite ride location and why: There are so many lovely rides but one I enjoy is the ride from Maroochydore to Montville and back. It is a pretty ride with the challenge of Montville (sometimes twice if Jason is feeling mean). I also enjoy going through Yandina to Eumundi then back home via Perigian Springs to Maroochydore. With this ride you get both the countryside to enjoy as well as the beach views on the way back.
Favourite swim location and why: The swim across the bay at Mooloolaba – the perfect way to start a Friday.
Best or most memorable event: There have been so many great events with the wonderful crew at Atlas Multisports but I guess a highlight for me was being able to go to the World Ironman 70.3 at Zell am See in Austria, with my husband Victor to cheer me on. I even got to wear the green and gold. I was also involved in a charity ride that my friend Linda Florence organised, the Ride for Russ, which was in honour of her police colleague and to raise awareness about suicide. It was a 300km-in-a-day ride and was an emotional and uplifting experience.
Bucket-list event: I think it would be great to do the Marathon du Medoc in the south of France, where you get to drink wine along the way.
How did you get into this sport: I started with my friend Jacintha about six years ago when we thought it would be fun to do a Pinky tri. Gradually we got a bit braver and started doing some sprint events. Then Jacintha thought we should do the Mooloolaba Tri and we realised we needed help. That’s when we met Jason and Lisa and the Atlas crew. I went on to finish an Ironman and of course am now totally hooked on the sport. Favourite race: As far as triathlons are concerned it is hard to go past the Hamilton Island sprint distance. Such a beautiful place and even though it is only a sprint distance it is challenging with its hills in the bike and run. What’s your favourite part of racing and training: The friendships that have developed through the Atlas group is my favourite part of training. Having my first glass of champagne with those friends after finishing a race is my favourite part of racing. What does a training week look like for you in terms of volume and disciplines: This depends on if I am training for a particular event but usually I will do one–two pool swims and one ocean swim a week, one long bike ride and two 1.5-hour rides a week and one long run and two trackstyle runs a week.
How was your Huskisson experience: What an amazing place. Loved it. The water in the swim was so clear and beautiful, the ride had its challenges, rolling hills and a lot of pot holes but still very pretty, and the run along the waterfront was breathtaking (and flat). The event was well run and had something for everyone, with the ocean swim, the fun runs and sprint tris and children’s events. Definitely a must-do event.
What is next on your racing agenda: Good question. I have a few non-tri things coming up so no major events for the next six months. I am registered to do the 220km TOOMOO ride from Toowoomba to Mooloolaba in April.
How do you manage to fit in training with work and family commitments: It is much easier for me now as I don’t have any young children to look after and this year I am now only working a few days a week. My husband is used to me disappearing early in the mornings and doesn’t complain too much. I have the utmost respect for those triathletes who still have young children and full-time jobs to manage.
If you could have a celebrity live with you, who would it be and why: My niece, Lisa Blair, is currently sailing around the Antartic, solo and unassisted, and if she is successful she will be the first female to do so and also hopes to break the record held by a male (Fedor Konyukhovb in 102 days). When she achieves this she will be a celebrity so I would like her to live with me because she is awesome. This is my shameless plug for Lisa, follow her on www.lisablairsailstheworld.com. When you were little what job did you want to do: I would like to say something really exciting like being an astronaut or nuclear physicist but actually I wanted to be a teacher.
Best movie: I am bad at remembering movies but I remember watching Little Miss Sunshine in a plane years ago and I think the rest of the passengers thought I was having some sort of fit I was laughing so much. Current car: Ford Mondeo. I like it because my bike fits in without me having to take off the wheel. Dream car: I don’t really have a dream car to be honest. Maybe a driverless car in the future so I can just relax and read a book while it drives me to wherever I want to go.
North Buderim triathlete Brenda Bimrose.