Pair all revved up for long-course de­but

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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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Motorsport com­men­ta­tor Riana Cre­han is pre­par­ing for Iron­man 70.3 Sun­shine Coast.

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