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Multisport Mecca - - Ironman World Championship Q&a -

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.

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