“If you want success as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful” – Eric Thomas
Favourite Endura product and why:
Endura Rehydration because it’s a tasty pre- and post-workout drink.
How did you get into your chosen sport?
I joined little athletics when I was 5 years old and enjoyed the sport thoroughly.
How important is diet and sports nutrition supplements to your performance?
I’m working on improving my diet all the time and feel that a good diet and the use of superior sports supplements add to greater performance.
What do you normally eat and drink on a typical training day?
When training I eat the normal three meals a day (Breakfast: Cereal, Lunch: Sandwiches, Dinner: Steak/Pasta) whilst having quite a few snacks during the day. I also try to drink plenty of water and always keep hydrated.
Where will we find you when you are not training or competing?
University, working or spending time with my friends.
What is your best training tip?
Listen to your body.
What are your goals for the next year?
Represent Australia at the World Junior Championships in the 800 m in the USA.
Who inspires you and why?
Joel Selwood - I love the way that he goes about his sport (AFL) and that he never gives up. In my sport, I have always looked up to Nick Symmonds for his approach to all things Athletics and life in general.
How long would you normally spend training each week?
Approximately 10 hours a week.
What is your favourite 'before race' meal?
Rice with bolognaise sauce - it’s my pre-race ritual meal.
Best nutritional advice?
Never skip breakfast.
How do you stay motivated with training?
By always keeping your goals in the back of your mind, and doing everything to achieve them.
The thing I love the most about being an athlete is...
What is a common mistake made in your sport?
Not listening to your body and over-training.
Toughest experience in your career / What have you learnt from it?
When I was 14/15 years old I was still small and competing against people who were a lot bigger than me. It taught me to be patient with my body, and focus on the joy of running and longer term goals.
What is going through your head the moment before you start a race?
I imagine the feeling of losing, or running badly, and make a commitment for that not to happen.
In five years time I will be...
Hopefully completing my law degree and have competed in an Olympics.
What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?
Balancing all aspects of running (endurance, speed and strength work).
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