Austin qualified for the Team GB Age-Group team after a brilliant performance during the 2017 season. He tells Sundried about preparations for future races.
Have you always been into sport?
My life has evolved around sport from a very young age. Being at boarding school I was playing sport every day and a big variety as well, including rugby, hockey and cricket. School also made me very competitive and motivated me to be the best I can be.
What made you decide to enter triathlon?
I was a club swimmer and a county runner and the achievements of the Brownlee brothers in 2012 made me throw the cycling element into the mix as well.
What’s been your best race to date?
BUCS Standard in May 2017 at Southport was a very good race for me. I surprised myself in the swim, setting a new PB and the cycle course suited me as it was fast and flat. I finished 62nd against some of the best university triathletes in the country.
And your proudest achievement?
Qualifying for the Great Britain Age Group Team for the European Standard Championships in 2018. I did not expect to automatically qualify as I wasn’t in great shape due to just overcoming a hip injury.
Have you ever had any racing disasters / your toughest race yet?
My friend convinced me it would be a great idea to enter the Mud Sweat and Gears Mountain Bike race at Hadleigh Park, which was the London 2012 MTB course. Safe to say I haven’t raced MTB again. There is a video on youtube of me falling off my bike around pretty much every corner and obstacle.
How do you overcome setbacks?
The sooner I overcome the disappointed of the setback, the sooner I can move on and refocus to getting back in form and increasing my motivation.
What is the best bit of advice you wish someone had told you before you started competing?
Just chill out and take a step back to look at the bigger picture because there are so many elements you just can’t prepare for, so there is no point in worrying. Prepare everything that is in your control and then just enjoy it.
What are your goals for 2017?
For the 2017/18 season my main focus is on the European Championships where my goal is for a top 15 finish.
Who do you take your inspiration from?
Mo Farah because he never gives up
What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?
What I most like about Sundried is how they value their staff, as understanding the needs of their employees will result in better productivity. My favourite bit of kit is the Grande Casse Hoody as it is so warm and comfortable to train in.