Poised to learn lessons of Hawaii
Full name: Ashleigh Kate Hunter. Nickname: Ash/AKH/Ashy. Birthplace: Mackay.
Current suburb: Beerwah. Occupation: High school teacher. Age and marital status: 27 on the Saturday before Kona. My partner, Damo and I have been together for almost 10 years. We have no kids but we have a fur-baby, Coco the cat.
Sport: Long course triathlon. Club/coach: T:Zero Multisport – Richard Thompson.
Favourite food: Chocolate. Favourite drink: Chocolate milk (hmm sensing a pattern here). What other sports do you do: I’ve come from a background of powerlifting, soccer (midfielder) and touch football. When I have down-time I like to surf, scuba dive and hike.
Pet hates: Cat hair on my face. Favourite run location and why: Noosa National Park for the scenery and swim afterwards. What are your favourite shoes: Brooks - Launch 5.
Favourite riding location: Anywhere in the hinterland (do love Belthorpe-Maleny) because it’s quiet and I love looking over the Coast from above.
What bike do you ride: Cervelo P2.
Favourite swim location: Mooloolaba bay.
What swimwear and goggles do you use: Vorgee missile goggles and I don’t have a specific swimwear that I use.
Best or most memorable event: Cairns Ironman 2018.
Bucket-list event: Ironman Hawaii.
Favourite race: Cairns 70.3. What’s your favourite part of racing and training: Feeling fit and healthy, achieving goals and being a positive role model to the kids at school. I won the F25-29 age group at Cairns Ironman 2018.
How are you feeling ahead of worlds: I’m looking forward to enjoying my first experience competing at Kona. It’s so exciting to be a part of the Kona hype as an athlete this time rather than a WAG (in support of my partner). I still just can’t believe I’m racing – wow! What other events have you represented Australia: Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast World Championship 2016.
What does a training week look like for you in terms of volume and disciplines: When work and health has allowed it, swim squad three times, one open-water swim, two long rides usually between 4-6 hours (one of them being a brick session), one wind trainer session, one long run with an hour ride before, two or three other runs during the week. Earlier on in the build I was going to the gym once a week, too.
What are your expectations at the world championships: To enjoy my first experience there, mainly. I don’t have any expectations regarding time or results but I expect that I try my best on the day and cross the finish line knowing I tried my absolute best to follow the race plan. I’m just so grateful for the amazing opportunity.
What is your most dreaded session: It would have to be efforts on the bike at 105% of my FTP.
How do you manage to fit in training with work and life commitments: When leading into an Ironman I don’t take on any teaching contracts and work as a supply teacher usually four days per week. My partner and I live with his parents, when we are getting close to an Ironman they really step up and help us out by cooking dinner and making sure that we put the milk in the fridge rather than the pantry and all the other random things we do. Best thing is to be organised but. I get all my clothes, training equipment and food for the next day ready the night before.
If you could have a celebrity live with you, who would it be and why: Jamie Oliver so he can cook me delicious meals.
When you were little what job did you want to do: Professional tumbler/trampolinist and a PE teacher.
Best movie: Matilda.
Current car: Toyota Echo, hatchback.
Dream car: I’d be pretty happy with anything that’s economical, fits my bike or surf board and has air-con!
How did you qualify for Hawaii: EXCITING TIMES: Beerwah's Ashley Hunter has qualified for Hawaii following her appearance at the 70.3 worlds on home soil in 2016.