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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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 3 swims a week varying between 1 and 1.5 hours or 3-5kms a session. Riding usually consists of 2 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 2-3 sessions during the week and a long run on Sunday. I also do 2 strength sessions a week, and 2-3 sessions in the sauna for recovery.

How do you keep motivated?
I just love triathlon so it’s not hard. With the 3 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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What are your goals for the future?
My next goal is to go better in Kona (Ironman World Championship) than I did last year. Last year I really struggled in the heat, so I’m doing a few things differently this year. After that, my goal is to come top 3 in the Victorian Triathlon Series over summer. I’ve also recently become a certified coach and I’m really keen to help others achieve their dreams in the sport. My longest term goal in to become the oldest person to finish the Ironman World Championship – the current record is 83 years old!

When was your first race?
When I was 16 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!

Upcoming Races:

  • Ironman World Championship in Kona Hawaii, October 2018
  • Victoria Triathlon Series

2017 Results:

  • 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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