Going long on home course
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.
Annelise Jefferies wins this year’s Mooloolaba Triathlon