Athlete Interview - Lizzie Welborn

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Athlete Interview - Lizzie Welborn

Athlete Sport - Iron Woman

Titles Won

Youth ironwoman and board race Australian Champion. Professional Surf Ironwoman - one of the youngest to ever qualify. 2nd place in the Molokai 2 Oahu paddle board world championships 2017.

Tell us why you chose the sport you compete in?

I have loved my sport ever since I was a youngster waking up to do nippers on a Sunday morning. Having the opportunity to be out in the ocean every day and spend time with all your friends at the beach made me become instantly hooked on the sport. It is a sport unlike any other where we get to train in race in different locations and different conditions every day. It has now become my lifestyle rather than a choice to compete in the sport.

What is your motivation to be the best at your sport?

When I was a kid and I used to watch all the best ironmen and ironwomen on TV, and would look up to them and use them as role models in my life. This motivates me to be the best at my sport because I want to be a role model for younger kids and athletes that come up through the years. I also love getting the best out of myself and pushing myself accomplish big goals, and one of those is to see if I can be the best.

What would you consider to be the most important aspect of success in your sport?

Dedication and love. Our sport requires a lot of hours of hard training whether it is waking up at 5am for swimming every morning or having to train in ocean on those cold rainy afternoons, so being dedicated to all of that training is definitely very important in being successful. But I also think having a love for the sport is just as important, especially in a sport like ours where you can be the best and have put in the most training, but someone can still jag a wave on you in the last second and win. Being able to cope with things like that and continue to race strive for your best without being giving up requires a love for racing and the sport.

What is your training philosophy?

Dont leave any stone unturned. Turn up and try and get the most out of every training session. Knowing that I have done this gives me complete confidence in my racing when I put my foot on the starting line.

What is your nutrition philosophy?

Mine is pretty simple, I am not on any crazy diets, I just try eat as much fresh and organic food as I can. It makes me feel good and I really enjoy eating it. I avoid packaged foods, and foods that contain sugar and preservatives.

How do supplements play a role in your recovery and performance?

I don't use a lot of supplements because I try to get all the nutrients I need from the food I eat. But the supplements I do use help me get the nutrition I need when I require it quickly and efficiently. I mostly use them in recovery or during racing because of how quickly they help you to refuel and be ready for the next race.

If you could only choose 3 supplements to use for the rest of your life, what would they be and why?

Energy bars, energy gels and proteins shakes because they work so quickly and help you get all the energy or nutrients you need in your body in a way that food sometimes can't.

What is one supplement that you noticed had an immediate/significant impact on your success in your chosen sport?

Blue Dinosaur Bars have been great for my chosen sport because they are exactly what I look for in an energy bar. It only has organic and fresh ingredients without any preservatives which is perfect fro the nutrition plan I follow. I feel like I can get an instant boost from them and are a perfect size for me to have between training sessions or races. This is important in our sport because sometimes we can have 3/4 back to back races or even training sessions which is why these bars are so handy.

And Finally... Do you have a morning ritual and if so what is it?

It is usually waking up to go to the swimming pool for training, but if I am not training I love to get up and go for a surf or go out for a nice breakie with friends or family.

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