JODIE DUFF

MOTIVATION

What got you started?

I led a very active lifestyle from a young age, starting with swimming, cross country and athletics and then I eventually combined the two sports and progressed to triathlon.

How do you set your goals?

Luckily I am a very goal-orientated person, I always have to have a plan! I set both short-term goals and long-term goals based on an assessment of where I want to be in the future. I ensure they are realistic and achievable, whilst still striving to be better.

Do you have a word, mantra or motto that you live your life by?

Basically, you have one shot, one chance, one opportunity. Grab each and every opportunity by both hands and make the most of it, give it everything you've got. Seize every moment and don't look back!

What is your biggest source of motivation?

The feeling and sense of satisfaction from achieving your goals that you've worked so hard towards and from making family and friends proud.

TRAINING

Favourite place to train and why?

The coast because of the fresh, energetic atmosphere! It also has great training locations!

Favourite training sessions?

Interval running sessions.

Least favourite training sessions?

Early morning rides in winter, I don't enjoy the cold!

What exercise do you absolutely dislike but do anyways because you know it works?

I wouldn't quite say I absolutely dislike it, but stretching and doing exercises from the physio is usually always last on my list, but it's a necessity and important I keep on top of it all to avoid injuries.

Favourite song/s you workout to?

I rarely listen to music when I train, but it's always nice to listen to an up-beat song whilst running!

MIND MATTERS

What do you do to mentally train yourself?

Try to think positive - it's harder than it sounds! And by trying to eliminate any doubts or uncertainties by doing everything I possibly can to control the ‘controllable's'.

What weaknesses have you overcome and how?

Probably self-doubt which I wouldn't say I haven't completely overcome yet. There's always a few negative uncertainties floating around brought on by nerves on race day; but I've learn't to trust my training and to believe in myself.

What's your best advice for dealing with mental negativity? How do you get out of your own head?

Control everything you can control, and ignore anything you can't control. Remind yourself that you've done everything you can to get to where you are, stay relaxed and don't over think it.

RACING

What is your favourite race?

Probably in Penrith (the test event for the Youth Olympics) - my first little taste of international racing, plus it's always nice when you have a good race, it adds to the experience! Also, the Tiszy Junior European Cup!

When you go into competition, what's going through your head?

My race plan and a check list of all the things I need to do in order to give myself the best chance of having a good race (i.e. warming up properly, double checking transition, assessing the swim buoys and current etc.)

When are you the most nervous while you are competing?

Definitely before the start and on the start line!

Do you hear the crowd roaring when you're competing?

Absolutely! It also gets the adrenaline flowing - particularly on the run!

Best tip for race day?

Get ready early/get prepared the night before - that way you're not rushing and stressing on race day and can relax and focus on your race warm up.

What was the last piece of advice your coach said to you before you competed?

Just stick to your race plan, don't over think it.

What is your ultimate goal as an athlete?

To win gold at the Olympics.

FUN STUFF

What is your worst habit?

It could arguably be my worst habit or a good trait, but I hate being late, I'm a stickler for being on time - I hate waiting!

If your life was a movie what would be the title?

I'm not really a big fan of animals!

Who would you say is your biggest fan and why?

Easily my family and friends - the support they give me is far beyond anything I could hope for.

What are the 5 things you cannot live without?

  • Family
  • Friends
  • iPhone
  • Internet
  • My bed

What is something about you that many people do not know?

I was born in Zimbabwe, Africa!

Finish this sentence: 10 years from now, I will be...

A professional triathlete leading a happy and healthy lifestyle.

What would you rather be doing right this second, rather than answering these questions?

I should probably be sleeping!

Jodie Duff - Triathlon

FAST FACTS

Age 19
Location QLD, Australia
Sport Triathlon
Years in sport 8

MOTTO

"Grab each and every opportunity by both hands and make the most of it"

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