Iron­man with fam­ily legacy

Multisport Mecca - - Q&A -

Full name: Andrew Trout. Nick­name: Trouty.

Age: 53.

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Sun­shine Coast triath­lete Andrew Trout.

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