Pair all revved up for long-course debut
SUPERCARS commentator Riana Crehan’s passion is the adrenalin-filled, high-speed, high-tech and intense world of motorsport.
But when Riana and her partner, race driver Will Davison are not travelling the high pressure, 15-round Supercars Championship you will find them at the pool, on their bikes or running.
Riana was always into sport at school, on the athletics team or the swimming team and was a very active kid, but dance was her first love from the moment she could walk.
“I was into jazz, tap, acrobatics and ballet. I worked as a professional dancer for many years and I did my first concert at 18 months old and my first gig was at eight or nine years old,” she said.
“I was full on until I was 18-19 years old doing competitions and all the exams and stuff back in Perth where I grew up.
“I stopped dancing because I moved on with my work. I met Will who was doing a bit of different sort of training and that was when I got into cycling and other things and when I started my very amateur triathlon career. I wouldn’t call myself a triathlete but I certainly give it a go.”
Riana’s baptism by “freezing” was a sprint race in Melbourne and her first venture into open-water swimming.
“I certainly remember the very first ocean swim I did,” she said.
“It would have been about nine degrees, I had no wetsuit and I looked around at everyone and I was the only person in normal swimmers.
“That was my initiation. I have always been one of those people who are pretty headstrong and once I set myself a goal I am determined to achieve it. That is what happens, you start with something a bit smaller, then you want to go to the next level. You try an Olympic distance and do that a couple of times and it grows. I have done a few Olympic distance races in Noosa and Townsville and they were fun races.”
With both sprint and Olympic distance under her belt Riana and Will decided it was time to step it up and take on the 1.9km swim /90km ride /21km run that is 70.3 racing.
The pair have prepared under the guidance of Adam Gordon for their 70.3 debut next weekend.
Motorsport commentator Riana Crehan is preparing for Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast.