Go­ing long on home course

Multisport Mecca - - Front Page - Phillip Rodda

AF­TER a break­through Mooloolaba Triathlon vic­tory, Bud­erim’s An­nelise Jef­feries is chas­ing an­other home suc­cess Iron­man 70.3 Sun­shine Coast.

The for­mer world un­der-23 duathlon cham­pion has switched to long-course rac­ing and has been re­freshed by the change of ap­proach.

“A cou­ple of years ago when I was do­ing some rid­ing train­ing on the road, I re­alised how much I en­joyed do­ing longer dis­tances,” she said.

An­nelise trains about 20 hours a week across the three dis­ci­plines and crams in part-time univer­sity stud­ies and work as a re­cep­tion­ist.

Now 24, she has gained con­fi­dence from her Mooloolaba suc­cess but also un­der­stands the im­por­tance of find­ing the bal­ance be­tween life and sport.

“I used to train 30 hours a week but train­ing is more about qual­ity than quan­tity, it’s a smarter way of train­ing,” she said.

“I used to be so tired from train­ing, it was men­tally in­tense, but I learned it’s about giv­ing your­self the op­por­tu­nity to have other things out­side of sport.”

She said she felt con­fi­dent that with her triathlon ex­pe­ri­ence, she could adapt quickly to the 70.3 dis­tance in­cor­po­rat­ing a 1.9km swim, 90km cy­cle and 21.1km run.

“You see ath­letes that are re­ally suc­cess­ful in the 70.3 races, a lot of them picked up the sport later in life,” she said.

“I’ve done a few runs at the 70.3 dis­tance be­fore this so I feel I’m ready for the up in in­ten­sity and dis­tance.”

This steady build-up in­cluded a sixth placed fin­ish in Tai­wan dur­ing March where she fin­ished in 4:40:20 (29:50 swim, 2:28:57 cy­cle, 1:34:22 run), fol­lowed by a fourth at Chal­lenge Mel­bourne with an ef­fort of 4:40:29.1 (34:02, 2:36:48, 1:25:08) dur­ing April and a fourth in the stan­dard-dis­tance Su­bic Bay 51.5 in the Philip­pines.

An­nelise is in her third year of study­ing Nutri­tion and Di­etet­ics and is part of USC’s High Per­for­mance Stu­dent Ath­lete Pro­gram.

She said her stud­ies were help­ing her with her sports nutri­tion.

“There’s a few things I picked up there which helped me and crossed over into my train­ing, like en­hanc­ing my re­cov­ery,” she said.

An­nelise said it was vi­tal to get re­cov­ery and at­ti­tude right for your fit­ness and men­tal health.

“It’s so un­der­es­ti­mated, es­pe­cially in am­a­teur ath­letes,” she said. “Re­cov­ery is ev­ery­thing from do­ing your easy ses­sions easy so you can do your hard ses­sions hard, to mak­ing sure you’re get­ting qual­ity hours of sleep ev­ery night.

“You can take it (train­ing) too far, it’s still about work-life bal­ance. If you’re not en­joy­ing it why do it. It has to be in­ter­nal mo­ti­va­tion; ex­ter­nal mo­ti­va­tion shouldn’t come into it.”

The half-iron dis­tance is on Septem­ber 10 in Mooloolaba.

PHOTO: WAR­REN LYNAM

An­nelise Jef­feries wins this year’s Mooloolaba Triathlon

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