Ironman with family legacy
Full name: Andrew Trout. Nickname: Trouty.
Birthplace and current residential suburb: Born in England, moved to Australia in 1966, lived in Noosa since 1993. Occupation: Construction estimator.
Age and marital status: 53, divorced with one son.
Club: Noosa Tri Club.
Sport: Triathlon, cycling. Favourite food: Vegan nachos. Favourite drink: Chocolate coconut water.
Pet hates: A closed mind. Racism and misogyny. Getting slower as I get older.
Favourite run location: Noosa River for the view.
Favourite ride location: Noosa to Maleny, a mix of beauty and challenging hills with some rewarding descents and coffee stops.
Favourite swim location: Ocean: Noosa Main Beach because of the pristine clarity and warmth of the water. Pool: Cotton Tree Aquatic Centre, it’s clean, quiet and friendly and close to work.
Best or most memorable event: Inaugural Ironman Melbourne in 2012. My father was terminally ill but was able to be there to see me finish and then in 2013 my brother was there as well but he too passed away later that year. I now carry a small container of their ashes across every finish line. Their pain makes me forget mine when the going gets tough. Bucket-list event: Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. How did you get into this sport: Having recently cycled from Melbourne to Sydney in 1988 I was looking for a new challenge and a friend mentioned this crazy new sport of triathlon. My first race was 1990 and I was hooked. Having been told by doctors that I could never run and never thinking I had a chance, my father encouraged me to enter my first full distance Ironman in 2012 and now I’ve completed one annually for him since then.
Favourite race: Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast (close second Ironman Australia).
What’s your favourite part of racing and training: The sense of achievement and self satisfaction gained, proving people wrong and encouraging others to have a go. Helping people to see the expanse of possibilities once they see the clear beauty and calmness above the cloud, hearing them say “wow ... I did that!” and being part of a unique culture.
What does a training week look like for you in terms of volume and disciplines: Usually six days a week and varies of course with life. Monday: swim, run. Tuesday: 80km bike. Wednesday: swim, run. Thursday: 80km bike. Friday: swim, run. Saturday long ride of 100km or more. Sunday rest.
What is next on your racing agenda: Ironman Australia, Port Macquarie, May 7.
How do you manage to fit in training with work and family commitments: I ride to work and home which is 85km return and most swim sessions are early morning before work. Home life is a lot quieter these days but it’s just a matter of communication and flexibility.
If you could have a celebrity live with you, who would it be: This was hard, Craig Alexander, a true gentleman of the sport, or maybe Brian Cox - the dinner conversations would be brilliant. When you were little what job did you want to do: Woodworker or fine furniture maker.
Best movie: Loved the Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
Current car: Toyota Camry. Dream car: Tesla.
Sunshine Coast triathlete Andrew Trout.