Seano answers the tough questions ahead of gaining ‘legend’ status with 10 finishes at Noosa Tri this year
Full name: Seano Clancy. Nickname: Seano or Goofy. Birthplace: Noosa.
Current residential suburb: Noosa.
Age and marital status: 30 and married ... to my training. Club/coach: Noosa Tri Club, self-coached.
Favourite food: Almond croissant connoisseur. Favourite drink: Recovery smoothies usually involving frozen banana, peanut butter and coconut milk.
Pet hates: Lack of proper (unbiased) education related to nutrition - thanks marketing and advertising for misleading most of society for your corporate greed. Sport: Triathlon and lifesaving. How did you get involved in this sport: While I had grown up in the multisport mecca that is Noosa, I was avidly involved with rugby union and surf lifesaving (as a nipper). While I did enjoy the small and enjoyable youth triathlons offered locally at the Noosa and Mooloolaba multisport festivals, it wasn’t until I left Noosa for Bris-Vegas to attend university did I consider triathlon. So having moved away from the beach and with local triathlon heritage ingrained beneath my skin, it seemed like the most appropriate choice; allowing me to entertain multidisciplinary training and the solo nature of it meant I could exercise in and around my study, work, life commitments. Ten years on, I’m still swimming, riding and running.
Favourite run location: Noosa National Park, because even after so many repetitions, I still find it so beautiful, naturally awakening and superbly refreshing.
What shoes do you run in: While I race 10k or less in a pair of Zoot’s (the old Ultra Race 3.0s), I haven’t worn footwear other than Asics since I was a kid.
Favourite ride location: The “Coast” road, nothing beats that view over the ocean... except for when I’m actually surfing instead of riding.
What bike do you ride: Boardman Elite AiR TT 9.8 (Pete Jacobs’ old bike – just wish I had his engine!).
Favourite swim location: Noosa’s Laguna Bay, because it is quite simply, amazing.
Best or most memorable event: Ironman Cairns 2017. While I’ve completed many Olympic races over the 1.5/40/10 distance, my most memorable journey has been related to a pursuit in the full Ironman realm. Involving a 3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42.2km (full marathon) run, I set my sights on a target and it took me three attempts to tick that box. The emotion of reaching the red carpet at the end of any race is overwhelming, but never as much as when I finally crossed under the finish arch that displayed the time of 9:29; over 30 minutes faster than my 10 hour target. A culmination of three years of training, preparation and learning the hard way (from two previous races that didn’t go to plan).
Bucket-list event: Ultraman... maybe!
Favourite race: Noosa Tri, my local! Just need to finish this year to become the youngest ever “legend”; complete 10 races. What’s your favourite part of racing and training: Meeting new people and fresh faces who have similar interests and share the same passion for health and fitness – get me started on a nutrition-related topic and you won’t stop me! Then there’s the obvious self-improvement / testing the limits aspect of the sport that I (painfully) enjoy.
What does a training week look like for you in terms of volume and disciplines: If you asked me this three years ago, I would have double the volume in my program. Now, I effectively negotiate a “quality over quantity” approach. When I’m training for an Ironman: Swim 10km per week, ride 10 hours/300km, run four hours/50km. While that may only be about 18hrs each a week, it is the intervals, the structure and the effort that leads to results – not the time.
What is next on your racing agenda: Noosa Tri (bring on the Legend status) then onto Hervey Bay 100.
Explain the Goofy hat on run legs: Well it started as a bit of joke but has become the best distraction and uniquely identifying feature. I have now worn it so often that it has become well recognised during the 10k run leg of an Olympic distance race or even the full 42.2km of an Ironman. I am proud to don it, happy to get the laughs, the cheers and be distracted of the mundane pain that comes from pushing your limits during the race. Once Goofy gets galloping and those ears start flapping, there’s not much that will dampen my spirits - it’s smiles for miles! How do you manage to fit in training with work and life commitments: An age old question for every athlete. All about balance; setting goals, prioritising commitments and understanding the needs of those important to you. Date night, anyone? Always set aside time to maintain a healthy relationship with others and for yourself – respect your reflection.
If you could have a celebrity live with you, who would it be and why: Dr Ancel Keys, so I could drill him about deliberately leading society down the path of a sugary (low fat) diet. FYI, his 1955 report was based on selective (biased) studies while Dr John Yudkin was ridiculed for suggesting that sugar was the problem instead of fat.
When you were little what job did you want to do: A pro retiree. Best movie: Give me a health / nutrition, space or engineering documentary any day.
Current car: Standard sedan and a scooter.
Dream car: Give me a house on the beach instead of a fancy car.
Seano Clancy of Noosa is a keen triathlete and surf life saver.