Focused second time round
Full name: Susan Jane Greenham. Nickname: Janie, Susie Kadoozy, Suze. Birthplace: Inverell, NSW. Grew up on tobacco farm outside of Ashford. The farm is now known as Kwiambal National Park. You can stay in the cottage I grew up in and go fishing in the rivers. The walking tracks and scenery is amazing. I never really fully appreciated what was in my own backyard. Lives: Buderim Meadows. Occupation: Administration – Nambour Christian College.
Age and marital status: 47, married to Mathew, two children Kaitlyn (15) and Jonah (12). Club: Atlas Multisports.
Favourite food: Thai. Favourite drink: Canadian Club whiskey. Pet hates: Stupidity, negative people. Sport: Triathlon.
How did you get involved in this sport: New Year’s resolution – “It is not like I want to do a triathlon or anything”. Then it got me thinking “Why can’t I do a triathlon”? I was recovering from an ACL operation at the time so I had a bit of work to do. I did the Atlas women’s beginners course which started the love of the sport. Favourite swim location: Mooloolaba, particularly in winter when the ocean is calm and clear, you see fish and turtles. It is always worth squeezing into the wetsuit and running across the cold sand to jump into the water. What are your favourite
goggles and togs: I have a real lot of trouble with goggles because I seem to have this odd-shaped face and it’s hard to get goggles to stick to my face and not leak. It is true – the man in the goggle shop even told me after trying on goggles for at least 40 minutes! I find the best ones are the Aqua Sphere mask goggles which are good for ocean swimming. My favourite togs are standard black full-piece Speedos. Bit boring really. On the odd occasion and for a change I wear coloured Funkita togs. Favourite riding location: Riding up to Montville. It seemed such a big deal in the beginning. Actually, it still is a big deal – I want to be faster than my husband. It is the only stretch of road that I’m currently faster than him. What bike do you ride: Avanti Vitale 4. It is over six years old, without carbon, but I don’t particularly care. Favourite run location: It is nice to run along Mooloolaba but it does get busy. I don’t mind running
around Buderim Meadows and out to the Sunshine Coast University. I can run hills or flats from home.
What shoes do you run in: Hoka One One. Best or most memorable event: Probably Mooloolaba Triathlon last year as this was my first Olympic distance and the ocean was just perfect. Bucket-list event: I would like to be so good at cycling that I could do the Buderim 9 under three hours. I’m a long way off.
Favourite race: Wish I could say Bribie Triathlon but that is where I fell off my bike and broke my collarbone. What’s your favourite part of racing and training: It is definitely the athletes and the coaches that I train with that make a significant impact. I couldn’t do this on my own. I knew no one when I started training with Atlas and now I consider them some of my best friends. I would never had imagined it being so much fun. The coffee and chats afterwards are always enjoyable. What does a training week look
like for you: I swim three times per week (including one ocean swim), cycle twice and run three times per week. Average solid 10-11 plus hours per week. Plus some sort of stretching, core and strength sessions – that’s the bit that I’m not that consistent with. I’ve started a weekly PT session. Then there is the physio, myotheraphy and massage appointments as my body is not getting any younger. What is you most dreaded sessions: Anything on my program for a Thursday. I do like my Thursdays off. It enables me to catch up on my sleep. Oh, and anything that says Buderim hill repeats for cycling. How are you feeling ahead of Mooloolaba: I’m feeling nervous about Mooloolaba as this will only be my second Olympic-distance triathlon. I’ve done a whole year of consistent training so I hope to be faster than last year. My wave start is early so that is good. I hope the ocean is kind to me on March 11. What is on your racing agenda this year: The plan for this year is to do 70.3 Sunshine Coast in August and Noosa Tri in November. I’ve done neither of these races although I did watch both races last year as a spectator/volunteer. How do you manage to fit in training with work and life commitments: It’s not easy fitting everything in. It’s all about routine. Training is close to home so commuting time is a minimum. The bulk of my training is done early mornings and I’m usually up by 4.30 at the latest. I have breakfast, a coffee, do a few household chores and pack lunches before I go for the day.
I’ve usually left home before the family is up. I’m very fortunate that our whole family either works or attends Nambour Christian College. I get many sideways looks when I say ‘good morning’ to my husband at work morning tea or give my teenage kids a morning hug in school grounds.
I generally work school hours, so it enables me to run the kids around to their activities after school, do a few chores and hopefully get to bed early. My kids, particularly my son, has been joining me for swimming which has been rather enjoyable and it gives us that time together.
I’m very fortunate, everything has fallen into place. I have a very supportive husband and kids.
On the outside it looks perfect but I’m the first to acknowledge it’s hard to let the housework slip and I’m very aware that I don’t get to spend as much time as I would like with my husband.
I tend to get cranky if I don’t get enough sleep or enough to eat. I’m learning to say ‘no’ to other commitments. This will be the first season that I haven’t coached a netball team. If you could have a celebrity live with you, who would it be: Jamie Oliver for all the healthy food and someone to do all the cooking! When you were little what job did you want to do: Rich farmer.
Best movie: Due to my busy life, I don’t watch too many movies. Current car: Ford Focus sedan. Dream car: I would like to have a garage full of cars.
READY TO ROLL: Susan Greenham of Buderim is preparing for her second Mooloolaba Triathlon.