Re­nee heads for peak

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Training & Education -

PRO­FES­SIONAL WA triath­lete Re­nee Baker is gear­ing up for the IRON­MAN 70.3 World Cham­pi­onships on the Sun­shine Coast next year.

The Clare­mont res­i­dent only started do­ing triathlons six years ago, and is now com­pet­ing pro­fes­sion­ally.

The 31-year-old has just come back from Asia where she fin­ished sec­ond in the Bangkok Tri Se­ries and fourth in the Chal­lenge Camsur.

Although she is a pro­fes­sional ath­lete, she does not make enough of a liv­ing out of it yet and as a re­sult works as a part-time nurse.

Baker trains 20-25 hours dur­ing the week, some­times be­fore and af­ter work, and heads to races on the week­end.

Some­times when trav­el­ling over­seas to places like Asia, she will fly out on Fri­day and re­turn on Mon­day and go back to work­ing as a nurse.

“I have trav­elled to Asia, Amer­ica, Bude­pest, Greece New Zealand and have done all of Aus­tralia,” she said.

“I am happy do­ing what I am do­ing now, try­ing to qual­ify for the World Cham­pi­onships next year, which is my goal. I en­joy trav­el­ling and rac­ing among the best.”

The 31-year-old ath­lete is hop­ing to have her best year yet. Fe­male en­durance ath­letes peak about 33.

When Baker first started do­ing triathlons six years ago, she turned up with just a bike and a pair of run­ning shoes af­ter one of her friends asked to her to do the women’s only triathlon.

She started win­ning races and then start­ing top­ping her age group and last year be­come a pro­fes­sional ath­lete.

“I get to travel the world and see so many places meet so many amaz­ing dif­fer­ent peo­ple I am one of the luck­i­est peo­ple in the world to do what I do,” she said. “I am not the most tal­ented, I just work hard.”

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell­mu­ni­ d441694

Re­nee Baker, who has now turned pro­fes­sional, is train­ing for next year’s IRON­MAN 70.3 cham­pi­onships.

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