Professional athlete and former Narrandera woman Renee Kiley has given Facebook followers a précis of her successful 2017.
It reads: March: Sole Motive Active Tri Sprint Distance 1st in AG; Gatorade Tri Series Sprint Distance 1st in AG.
April: Challenge Melbourne Sprint Distance 1st Female.
June: Cairns 70.3 Half Ironman 1st in AG (PB).
July: Obtained Professional Licence; Challenge Iceland Half Ironman 7th Professional Female.
August: Gdynia 70.3 Half Ironman 8th Professional Female.
October: Yarrawonga Triathlon Olympic Distance 1st Female (PB).
November: Challenge Shepparton Half Ironman 2nd Professional Female (PB); 2xu Triathlon Series – Sprint Distance – 2nd Open Female (PB)
December: Taupo 70.3 – Half Ironman – DNF.
Renee said she was very happy with her results given they were off the back of some substantial time off biking and running early in the year due to a lingering injury. She has been with her new coach for exactly 12 months now and says she has learnt an incredible amount this year, mostly from him.
“Not just about racing and training, but about mindset, recovery, nutrition and what it takes to be at the pointy end of a professional field. I am under no illusion about that work that needs to be done and after three weeks of recovery am loving being back into the thick of training,” she said. “I know that it is going to be another 12 months or so before I am consistently competitive in pro fields but like every elite athlete before me I’m more than prepared to do the time and put in the hard yards.”
2017 was about building back up undergoing a complete triathlon “overhaul”. It was about racing more and forgetting about Ironman for the year whilst she prepared her body for the next phase.
“I’ve definitely got the bug again and it will be my focus for 2018,” she said.
Renee has decided to cease full-time work for the next few years. This decision was as much about being able to give her all at triathlon as it was about being upset that she could not give her all to her business 100 per cent of the time.
“If I’m to achieve what I think I am capable of in triathlon I need to be a fulltime athlete.”
She said she felt very blessed to be in this position and was so excited about her new life.
“It’s only really sinking in today as I sit here and most of the corporate world have returned to work. Its quite a surreal feeling getting home from swim squad and not having to rush off to work. I think it may take a little while to get used to!
“If the worst outcome is going back to work full time in my 30s I think that’s a pretty good result. I’m yet to fail at anything I set my mind to though, so let’s hope this is no different!”