Sponsored Riders

Pushys Sponsored Athlete: Stuart Harsley

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State: Victoria
Sport: Triathlon, Ironman
Current Bike: Giant Trinity Advanced Pro 2017 + Stages Ultegra power meter
Current Shoes: Hoka One One
Current Watch: Garmin Fenix 5
Nutrition: Science In Sport (SIS) isotonic gels

How did you get into the sport?
When I was 16, a pro triathlete visited our school to talk about his experiences qualifying and competing in the Hawaiian Ironman. From that day, I was determined to get there one day too! Since then, I’ve competed regularly in triathlons throughout my life – I love the sport!

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When was your first race?
When I was 16 years old I competed in an Olympic Distance Triathlon as my first introduction to the sport. When I look back on that, I’m pretty proud of my effort starting with that distance!

Hardest thing about the sport?
Probably organising all the training required around a busy family and work life. Apart from that, the last 10km of the run in an Ironman is usually the deepest I have dig physically and mentally than any other time in my life – the rest of an Ironman is a blast though!

What does your regular training week consist of?
It varies between 15 and 25 hours a week, depending on the phase of training. I’ll generally do three swims a week varying between 1 and 1.5 hours or 3-5kms a session. Riding usually consists of two medium length sessions on the Wahoo Kickr during the week (I’ve become a Zwift addict!), and a long ride of 5-7 hours on a Saturday. Running consists of two to three sessions during the week and a long run on Sunday. I also do two strength sessions a week, and two to three sessions in the sauna for recovery.

How do you keep motivated?
I just love triathlon so it’s not hard. With the three different sports and strength training, it never gets boring. There’s also so many inspirational and humbling stories in triathlon to keep you motivated.

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Future goals 
Firstly, to finish strongly in the Victorian Triathlon Series. I’m hoping to start Race 3 despite not bring quite over my stress fracture (I re-fractured my femur at Kona).

Secondly, to achieve a PB at a half Ironman during the year (sub-4:30)

Thirdly, to inspire and coach other athletes to compete in triathlon and Ironman races. I’ve recently become a certified coach and I’m really keen to help others achieve their dreams in the sport.

My longest term goal is to become the oldest person to finish the Ironman World Championship – the current record is 83 years old!

Where you draw inspiration from
The amazing and inspirational stories of athletes achieving their dreams against the odds gives me strength and inspires me. There are numerous stories of people completing an Ironman despite adversities such as physical disability and personal tragedy in their lives – the ordinary athlete achieving the extraordinary.

Best motivational tips
You don’t need to be an exceptional athlete to achieve your dreams, but you do need to work hard – and everyone has the ability to work hard.

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Highs
Competing at the pinnacle of Ironman Triathlon – the Ironman World Championship in Kona – for the second year in a row.

Lows
Suffering a stress fracture of the femur only 10 weeks from Kona necessitating 6 weeks on crutches and only 4 weeks run/walking before the race.

What you learned
It’s possible to turn any negative into a positive. When I realised my chance of a top 50 finish in Kona was over with the fracture, I turned the devastating news into a new challenge – to finish the race despite being told I couldn’t even race. Through lots of hard work, pain, and focus I achieved my new goal – and even beat my time of last year.

RESULTS

2018:

  • Race 6 2XU Victorian Triathlon Series, 12th
  • Ironman World Championship Kona Hawaii – Finisher
  • Certifications completed: Triathlon Australia Development Coach, Ironman Certified Coach

2017:

  • Ironman Western Australia, Busselton: 8th – Qualified for the Ironman World Championship 2018
  • Ironman World Championship 2017: Finished in a time of 11:01 (I’m looking to beat that this year!)
  • Ironman Asia Pacific Championship, Cairns: 12th – Qualified for the Ironman World Championship 2017

Personal bests:

  • Ironman: 9hr 51mins (Cairns 2017)
  • Marathon: 3hrs 13 mins (Gold Coast 2015, Boston qualifying time)

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