Lov­ing the thrill of racing fast

Multisport Mecca - - Q & A -

Full name: An­thony Rule. Nick­name: Ru­ley. Birth­place: Mel­bourne. Lives: Alexan­dra Head­land. Oc­cu­pa­tion: Phys­io­ther­a­pist. Age and mar­i­tal sta­tus: 32, mar­ried with a five-month-old daugh­ter. Club: Noosa Tri Club. Sport: Triathlon. Favourite food: Pork ribs. Favourite drink: Sailor Jerry with gin­ger beer. Pet hates: Fish and chip shops that can’t cook good chips, peo­ple who don’t keep left when walk­ing. Favourite run lo­ca­tion: Noosa Na­tional Park. Favourite ride lo­ca­tion: Red­woods moun­tain bike trails in Ro­tarua, by far the best trails I’ve ever rid­den, smooth berms, per­fect jumps and per­fectly flow­ing lines. Favourite swim lo­ca­tion: The pier, Kailua Kona. Best or most mem­o­rable event: 2010 Iron­man NZ com­ing ninth. Bucket-list event: Baja 1000 (any­one who’s seen ‘dust to glory’ will know it). How did you get into this sport: Twofold, 1994 as a kid watch­ing the Hawai­ian Iron­man and fast for­ward to 2000 and Peter Robert­son who went to my high school go­ing to the Olympics and then win­ning three Olympic dis­tance world ti­tles. Favourite race: The Great Train Race (13.2km race against a steam train in the Dan­de­nong ranges in Vic­to­ria). What’s your favourite part of racing: Go­ing fast and racing peo­ple. Cur­rent bike: Gi­ant Trinity TT. Dream bike: Du­cati Des­mosedici. What does a train­ing week look like for you in terms of

vol­ume and dis­ci­plines and how are you prepa­ra­tions for worlds:

At the mo­ment it doesn’t look ideal, three-four swims for 10-12km, four rides for about eight hours/250km and 60km of run­ning.

I’m fairly un­der­done and a lit­tle time lim­ited so my prepa­ra­tion has not been op­ti­mal, so I’ll rock up

about 80% fit and be a lit­tle bit off the pace. It wont stop me go­ing hard but if all had been ideal I’d be hop­ing for 4:00-4:05 but this time it will prob­a­bly be more in the 4:12-4:15 range. How do you man­age to fit in train­ing: Get up early, but we all do that. Half of my train­ing dou­bles as my so­cial life so runs are catch­ing up with mates.

If you could have a celebrity live with you, who would it be and why: Travis Pas­trana, be­cause hope­fully he’d bring at least a few of his toys. When you were lit­tle what job did you want to do: Drive Tonka trucks. Best movie: Pulp Fic­tion. Cur­rent car: Mazda3. Dream car: Corvette ZR1.

PHOTO: CHE CHAP­MAN

Triath­lete An­thony Rule is cur­rently pre­par­ing for the 70.3 world cham­pi­onship.

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