Jarrod offers a unique set of skills from the many sports and fitness activities that he has been involved with throughout his life, both as a player and as a coach. Ranging from Athletics to Swimming, Rugby to Cycling and many in between. Jarrod has been fortunate enough to be coached by some of the best in their chosen field and has learned much from these mentors and coaches that he is able to apply to his coaching. Jarrod is therefore able to bring many of these aspects to the world of triathlon and combine them to provide a unique training advantage.
Apart from the sports background, Jarrod is also a business person who owns and runs multiple businesses. This, Jarrod feels, gives him an advantage as he knows exactly what it is like to have to juggle sport & fitness around a busy work / corporate schedule and a family. Triathlon can be a time consuming and demanding sport and Jarrod knows how to incorporate the fine mix of training and personal life, whilst still assisting you to achieve your personal best.
Triathlon is a hugely rewarding sport and as one of the fastest growing sports in the world there has never been a better time to get involved and to simply get out there and give it a Tri.
We wanted to get to know Jarrod a little better so we asked him our interview questions:
How do you define “Athlete”?
An athlete is someone who is willing to get out there and give their chosen sport(s) a go. To put in the time during training to prepare the body for what lies ahead.
Someone who knows what they want and they are not afraid to go after it no matter what challenges may lie in front of them.
An athlete pushes the boundaries, they are persistent and have a craving for being better.
What inspires you?
Seeing other people getting out there and giving it a go.
Assisting other people reach their chosen goals. I love to see people succeed.
Watching an Ironman race and seeing the finishers that have been out there for 17 hours – truly inspirational.
How do you move past obstacles to your fitness goals?
Keep a positive focus and outlook.
Unfortunately life is not always up, there are going to be peaks and there are going to be troughs. It is the troughs that make us strong. By having a clear vision or goal of what you want to achieve, the troughs become easier to manage and often decrease in time.
Often obstacles are more of a mind issue than a body issue. So I spend time working on my mind (not just my body).
I also remind myself (and get reminded) that every obstacle I have come across I have overcome and succeeded through the other side.
How do you reward yourself?
Chocolate and lollies (just love lollies!!!)
What is something about you that might surprise us?
My body has a blood clotting disorder (actually 2) and I take Warfarin (Coumadin) every day and have to for the rest of my life. Unfortunately due to this condition I am not able to compete in Triathlon (at least not yet). This will be an obstacle that will be overcome…
How do you GO WILD in your life?
By striving to be a bigger person. By continuing to experience new adventures, new experiences and new challenges. By expanding my comfort zone and stepping into the un-familiar or the unknown.
Many thanks to Jarrod for taking the time to ‘chat’ with us!