Atlas’s German powerhouse
Full name: Corinna Atkinson. Nickname: Inna.
Birthplace: Esslingen in Germany.
Occupation: Mum and language teacher.
Age and marital status: 48 and married to Mick, with three children Nina, Leyla and Calvin. Club/coach: Jason Crowther, Atlas Multisports.
Favourite food: Thai food, salad and Snickers bar.
Favourite drink: Peppermint tea when I am good, and vodka when I am at my best.
Pet hates: Punctures, inconsiderate car drivers while cycling and early mornings. Sport: Triathlon, skiing, snowboarding.
How did you get involved in triathlon: Years ago my dad saw an ad in the newspaper and asked me if I would like to try it together with him. We participated in many races together afterwards. And he has always been my inspiration and role model in this sport.
What bike do you ride: Kuota. Favourite run location: Ewan Maddock Dam, because the forest reminds me of home and I can take my dog with me. Favourite ride location: On remote roads in the Black Forest in Germany or Atlantic Coast in France because there is hardly any traffic.
Favourite swim location: Mooloolaba, because it is flat, warm, shark-free and I am surrounded by fellow Atlas people. You recently ran the half at the 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon Festival and then backed it up with the 10km with your daughters, how was that experience: After I had finished the half I was on a bit of a high and thought I will accompany my daughters for maybe 2km, but then I felt so good and just kept going. Love training and racing with my kids. Best thing ever. Best or most memorable event: My first iron-distance in Roth in 2000, because my brother, father and husband did it too. Bucket-list event: Great Wall of China Marathon.
Favourite race: Roth ( I have done it four times, and once as a relay with my dad).
What’s your favourite part of racing and training: I love the Wednesday track sessions with Atlas and their Saturday rides because the people are all very encouraging and lovely. My favourite part in racing is racking the bike, because now I can’t get a puncture anymore!
What does a training week look like for you: Three swimming sessions, three running sessions (one long one), two or three bike rides (one long one), and two core strength sessions. What is next on your racing agenda: World champs 70.3 in Chattanooga in September.
How do you manage to fit in training with work and life commitments: Get up early and get it done.
If you could have a celebrity live with you, who would it be and why: Ryan Gosling because I would love to discuss world affairs with him.
When you were little what job did you want to do: Teacher. Best movie: Cool Runnings and Eddie the Eagle.
Current car: VW Touareg. Dream car: Any self-cleaning car that doesn’t need a fuel stop, meanwhile Porsche 911.
Inna Atkinson with her father Alwin Kiesel.
Inna (second from right) with her daughter Nina, close friend Ginny Brooks and daughter Leyla.
Inna on the bike.