Five Minutes with Emma Moffatt

June 6, 2012, 4:16 pmYahoo!7

Banzai chats to the London-bound triathlete about training, diet and the Olympic Games.

Five Minutes with Emma Moffatt
Triathlon

1.With your Olympic selection already in the bag, who else do you think deserves a spot on the Australian women’s triathlon team?

That’s a hard one, there are four girls that have had great performances, but only two will be chosen, your guess is as good as mine.

2.Who will be your biggest threats for a podium finish at London 2012?

Great Britain’s Helen Jenkins has started the year great, and consistent performers such as NZ Andrea Hewitt and Canada’s Paula Findlay are just a few, but the Olympics are impossible to predict.

3.What are you most looking forward to about competing at London 2012?

I’m looking forward to racing, but I think once the race is over the real fun will begin. I can’t wait to be able to support the other Australians competing, and just absorb the Olympic atmosphere.

4.Once London 2012 is done and dusted, what’s next on the agenda? Will you be taking a holiday or straight into training?

I'll definitely be having a week off to enjoy the Games, but after that I’m not sure. We still have our World Series so I may continue on with those races.

5.As a world class athlete it’s incredibly important to give your body the right fuel. Do you have any special tips to ensure your body can peak and perform at the right time?

I always believe in fuelling my body with healthy and fresh foods to keep my body at its best. As any athlete knows - life can get pretty hectic in the run up to a major competition. With hours of intense training at home and overseas, it can sometimes be hard to meet the nutritional demands required for peak performance, so I’m happy to champion a product like Metamucil that can help make this easier.

Emma finishing the swim leg of the 2009 Gold Coast Traithlon World Championships.


6.What does a typical week of triathlon training look like? Do you do any kind of cross training such as weights or yoga?

I train anywhere from 2-4 sessions a day, 6 days a week As there are 3 different disciplines to train for, we don't stray too far from swimming, riding and running. For core stability I practice pilates, and for recovery I usually have 2 massages a week. Two massages a week sounds nice, but it can be quite painful as my muscles are normally pretty tight/sore.

7.How does your diet and training change in the week leading up to a key event?
My diet stays pretty similar, but there is a big difference in the amount of training we do. The volume goes down as does the intensity; this allows the body to freshen up and recover from any travel. A few little efforts in each swim, bike, run, will wake the body up before the race, but nothing too draining.

8.What is your favourite way to unwind after a big event?

I’m always hungry after a race, so having a nice dinner is relaxing, and also if there’s an opportunity for a sleep in the next day that’s also enjoyable.

9.What kind of hobbies do you have when you’re not busy training and competing?

I enjoy going out for a coffee, going shopping and spending time with my family, especially my nieces and nephews.

10.If you could have dinner with 3 people, who would they be? (dead or alive!)

Roger Federer, Kate Middleton, Cameron Diaz

11.What three things do you have on your bucket list?

Bungy jump, run the New York marathon, have babies.

Banzai wishes Emma Moffatt all the best for the 2012 London Olympics

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