Keith's Quick StatsAge:
Nickname(s) and the story behind it/them:
I have no nicknames, I rebelled against them any time someone tried to start one and so none ever stuck. A few people in university did try “Thunder from Down Under” (Thanks AC/DC - Thunderstruck) at one point, but that was pretty short lived.
This is my fifth year competing, my first race was June 2010.
2014 A race:
St Croix 70.3
Goals for 2014:
Podium at St Croix.
Personal highlights from the past few years (can be athletic, career, etc):
I’ve had lots of highlights, in my first year I ran Muskoka 70.3 on a whim having not trained for it at all and qualified for the 70.3 World Championships in Clearwater. I won my first race overall last year (Peterborough Half) which was also pretty special. Finally, having the chance to go to New Zealand and both race and tour was a huge highlight. In fact, the touring may have even overshadowed the race in the end, it was just such an incredibly beautiful place.
Favourite piece of gear:
My water bottles. I have a collection from so many races, and each is so precious. When one of my favourite ones fell off in a race I stopped, went back and picked it up, before completing the race.
The one piece of gear I don’t have that I really want is:
Coach says: “A power meter.”
Favourite “healthy” food:
Healthy food? Carrots would fit in here I suppose. I go through 2 - 5 lb of them raw per week, just peel the whole carrot and munch away.
Favourite “unhealthy” food:
Coca Cola, I drink far too much of the stuff.
To reward myself after a race I like to:
Have a Coke and a chocolate bar.
My race day routine:
I don’t do anything fancy, get up, eat breakie, and race. Skip the warmup, just go in and race, I’ll warm up on course.
I always, without fail, have a Coke and a chocolate the day before a race. Ideally the chocolate is an Aero Bar, but if I’m in another country then something that closely resembles an Aero Bar. Possibly less a guilty pleasure and more a habit/superstition, but it fits.
Don’t really have a favourite race. I would rather phrase it in terms of “Nemesis races”. Once I’ve done well at a race I can consider it “completed”, but if there’s a race I don’t do well at I will chomp at the bit to get back there and race again to redeem myself. Most recently, Las Vegas 70.3, and before that Muskoka 70.3.
Favourite place to train:
Auckland, New Zealand. If you can find a more picturesque place in the world I would like to see it. There’s a 10km trail along the waterfront to run, a beautiful and hilly bike route through the city, and they close roads at times on the weekends for cyclists to practice! Apart from Gatineau, find me another place that does that! (And it doesn’t snow).
Hard outdoor bike workouts, in the warm weather. Let me go turn myself inside out without worrying about snow, cold, sleet, or salt on the roads and I am a happy man thanks.
When not training I like to...
I play computer games. If I’m not outside training I’ll closet myself away and play online games, which may seem like a complete contradiction to the rest of my life, but I find it provides the necessary balance and physical relaxation.
What drives me to compete:
I compete to win. Not to come second, not to try hard, to win. Any time I am not winning I am trying to win.
What motivates me to train:
Most exhilarating triathlon moment:
The most exhilarating moment was running down the blue carpet at the ITU worlds in Auckland. Having seen the ubiquitous blue carpet on TV broadcasts for years, there was something quite surreal about running down it myself. Sure, there’s no TV announcer to accompany it, but it feels as though you are running down hallowed turf as you sprint down that carpet past the grandstands to that finish line.
When I was a kid I wanted to grow up to be:
I wanted to be a pilot growing up. Then I had to get glasses, and that put an end to that dream. They would prefer you don’t fly if you have glasses. However, having glasses makes you a great stereotypical software developer; so I found somewhere I fit in after all.
Morning person or night owl?
I’m a morning person for sure. I would much rather be up at 5:00 than stay up till 1am. I would rather 1 am didn’t exist actually.
Favourite ice cream flavour:
Just pick one? Sorry mate, Green and Gold, I’m an Aussie through and through.
Favourite TV show:
Dr Who (I prefer the post 2005 episodes).