Goof­ing around

Seano an­swers the tough ques­tions ahead of gain­ing ‘leg­end’ sta­tus with 10 fin­ishes at Noosa Tri this year

Multisport Mecca - - Q & A -

Full name: Seano Clancy. Nick­name: Seano or Goofy. Birth­place: Noosa.

Cur­rent res­i­den­tial sub­urb: Noosa.

Oc­cu­pa­tion: Life­guard.

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.

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