We first met Margo at the SA Sprint Distance Triathlon State Championships in Adelaide, SA. Lets just say she kicked butt. Little did we know then, she is a World Champion. Read on to find out what Margo has been doing to ensure she’s at her best. Margo, you are a machine and an inspiration.
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I am 37-years-old and have just moved to Moffat Beach on the Sunshine Coast.
After 12-years of employment with one of Queensland’s largest girls’ schools, I have recently taken the daunting leap into self-employment, and am now the Executive Officer (organizer) of a Brisbane Schoolgirls Sporting Association and a triathlon coach with Tempo Systems.
Sport has always played major role in my life and from a young age I was heavily involved in athletics, in addition to gymnastics, touch and basketball.
It wasn’t until I dabbled in triathlon in 2008, that I really found my passion, however. Instantly, I fell in love with the lifestyle, the variety in the training, and the people that this sport brought into my life.
When I am not training or working, my favorite thing to do is to hang out with my two mini dachshunds.
What makes you feel alive / What fills your soul?
Short course triathlon is what makes me feel alive! I love the adrenaline rush that it provides and challenging the strength of the mind to overcome the short-term pain.
What fills my soul, is helping others achieve their triathlon goals and seeing them experience the same joy that triathlon has brought me.
What are the strengths that you bring to sport?
There is little doubt that it is my tenacity and persistence that has brought about my success in my chosen sports. I was never the tallest, the strongest or the fastest, but what I lacked in genetic ability, I made up for with gritty determination and consistency in my training. Basically, I’m pretty stubborn!
What’s your sporting history?
In 2009, I stepped away from track and field (middle distance) and touch football, and fell in love with triathlon.
While initially, the swim terrified me, I persevered and soon found my confidence, going on to compete and win many age group and open triathlons throughout Australia and abroad, over the past 10 years.
What are your biggest sporting achievement to date?
In 2016 I won the 35-39F Sprint Distance Triathlon World Championship in Cozumel Mexico.
Shortly after returning home, I decided to test my long-course abilities and went on to win first female at the Western Australian 70.3 in Busselton.
What has been your most memorable race to date?
It is hard to pick just one, but the first memory that springs to mind, is about 25 years ago….. I was competing up a few age groups, to race with my sister in a Qld Schools 400m Hurdles Final. She finished 1st and I finished 3rd. I will always remember her instantly finishing and turning around to cheer me on and catch me over the line.
Often the best memories are more about the people involved in the event, rather than the result.
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced with your sporting life and how did you overcome it?
I have certainly faced my fair share of set-backs with injury. I had a disc tear in my lower back, was hit by a car cycling, ruptured my ACL ski-ing and fractured my foot during my first 70.3.
With every set-back though, I always remained positive that I would get back to doing the things that made me happy…. Training.
I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have the ongoing support of my Coach, Ross Young, and Revive Ashgrove, who time and time again have ensured that I had the professional support to rehab my injuries and get back to doing what I love.
What type of bike do you ride?
I have to confess that I am a bike-a-holic! I love my Specialized S-Works children, and have a Shiv, Vias, Venge and a mountain bike.
Do you have a training mantra or positive phrase to motivate you?
Not a phrase. But I like to remind myself every time I face a hard session, just how fortunate I am to be physically able to participate.
Your fav travel destination to holiday or place to race that would fill your soul?
Cozumel, Mexico is pretty magical. The clearest water, tropical fish and friendly locals.
In Australia, some of my favourite race destinations have been Victor Harbour (SA) Huskisson (NSW) and Busselton (WA)
What are you currently training for?
Currently I am training for the World AG Duathlon Championships in Pontevedra, Spain.
Whats your favorite meal to fuel your training?
I have never really liked to train with much in my stomach. But post training, nothing beats and Haloumi and veggie open grill.
I am a vegetarian, but my love for Haloumi will ensure that I never go vegan!
What your favorite indulgence food? Everything in moderation right!
Do you have a favorite café/restaurant ? Best dish on the menu?
“Fundies” in Paddington, Brisbane. Their breakfasts, smoothies and turmeric lattes are pretty amazing.
Do you set goals? What for and how often?
I always like to have a few race goals on the go. It certainly helps maintain training motivation and focus.
What advice would you give someone to live a soulful life?
Rather than comparing yourself to others, celebrate their success and build up those around you. You will be amazed how much happier it makes you feel.
Who inspires you?
Kurt Fearnley is my absolute idol.
But there are also a number of people in my everyday life who constantly inspire me with their positivity and ability to juggle their work, family and training commitments.
Margo is sponsored by Revive Ashgrove (Physiotherapy), Ronin Wheels and Tempo Systems Triathlon.
Thanks for your soulful insights Margo. All the best in Spain and your continued training journey.