Dragged this interview over from another site, gives you a bit more insight You recently experienced a mild heart attack. How did you feel at that exact moment? Did you know what was going on?
I can remember the exact moment I was running a half marathon race and running it with my brother in law. The time it happened we were running 4.20/km pace and I suddenly had problems keeping up with him. I felt a little light headed for about 20 or 30secs and I distinctly remember my shoulder aching quite badly. I tried to stay on his feet, I worked through it and finished in 12th place, 1hr36.
My aching shoulder hung around for the rest of the day, it was only when I picked up a bad gastric bug shortly after that the docs picked up the trauma to my heart. I was sent to a cardiologist and that's how I found out. At the time I didn't put things together, I just assumed I was running hard and had a bit of a bad patch. The aching shoulder I put down to maybe a slight muscle pull, also from running hard!What do you do for a living?
Main source of income is I manage a health shop, I have been there for nearly 5yrs. I also train a few Professional Triathletes and write for a sports magazine and a health/longevity website, 1Vigor
. Plan over the next few years is to build a 3 storey unit that we will rent out to businesses, hopefully giving us some passive income. I am going through the plans for that right now.Do you miss running?
I miss certain aspects of it, like the crazy fitness you have and the 'runners high' you sometimes get. I don't miss coming back freezing after 4hrs in the rain, and I definately don't miss being skinny haha.What is your background with sports?
Grew up playing soccer in School then got into running when I was about 16. Did a number of half marathons and other races before I went off to work on a cruise liner when I was 20. Got off 5yrs later and kind of fell into triathlon, then moved onto marathons and eventually ran a couple of ultramarathons. Did one powerlifting meet back in 2004 which I won, and at the start of 2011 I decided I wanted to get back into it. Have done 2 meets since then, won them both (best to date is a 913 raw total), and I am just getting warmed up for this year. Hoping to break the NZ raw deadlift record this year which is 451lb for the 130-145lb weight class. We'll see what happens. Name some places you've traveled to (outside of New Zealand)?
I've done 4 x World Cruises from when I was working on the QE2 cruise liner, so I'm lucky enough to have experienced many amazing places. Highlights for me would probably be Thailand (party central), Dominica Republic (stunningly beautiful) and travelling through the Panama Canal. We worked as hard as we partied !!Do you have any crazy stories about any Maori warriors?
They bury their food and cook it in the ground. The Haka is actually a reference to a womans' vagina, true! Top 5 sexiest Ladies?
*In no particular order*
My wife's cousin
Kathleen from Hi-5 (Aussie kids show)Interesting fact that people might not know about you?
I'm a vegetarian, has had only a positive influence on my sports. Fan of the NFL?
Nope, I couldn't even name you one team.What is the worst exercise ever?
Wrist curls or triceps kickbacks could probably go head-to-head on that one.How did Lord of the Rings effect New Zealand?
Put us on the map and coachloads more tourists now!How old is your wife and what does she do for a living?
She's 39 and she manages a hair salon.What car do you drive?
Audi A3 (mine), Mazda Lantis (business) and Toyota Rav 4 (wife).Dumbest thing you have ever done?
Too many to name. Probably getting drunk, getting lucky then getting annoyed because I had problems rolling on a condom. Realised in the morning that it wasn't a condom... it was a balloon.Who is your "Go to guy" for information and why?
My Dad, he's a cool old dude. Quiet but wise.How old are you?
34, but I feel no different to when I was 18.Where do you see yourself in 5 years? and 10 years?
5yrs, having more of a passive income and enjoying my family
10yrs, hopefully thinking about retirement !!
I'll be training in some capacity until the day I die, and my body will be truly beaten up. Training is an extension of who/what I am and I can't get enough of it, whatever sport I am doing.