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Kevin Fergusson – Awarded Legend of the Sport Triathlon Australia 2015

Nutrition Strategies has been working with Kev Fergusson for some time. Those of you who are involved in the triathlon community may know Kev. He has a fantastic triathlon record, competing overseas against the best and doing Australia proud. So we thought our readers would like to get to know Kev a bit more…

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Hi Kev, thank you for allowing us to talk to you today. Can you tell us about your sporting background, what brought you to the triathlon world, where did you come from? What attracted you into triathlon?

Hi Steph and my pleasure to have a chat with you. Being a country boy growing up in the Riverland, I did what all country lads do, played good old Aussie footy and cricket. Funny, I thought I was pretty fit back then even though I used to drink after every training session, plus smoke. I look back now and still can’t believe that I used to have a smoke at halftime and of course there was the Farmers Union iced coffee for recovery after the game, before the beers and pub meal. Triathlon came about due to a pledge with my brother to try and get “fit” again. We were both smoking a packet a day when we did our first triathlon together. That was over 25 years ago and we are still both competing and of course stopped the smokes. I am grateful we found triathlon; not only has it saved my life, it has brought me a lot closer to my brother. We still train together and see each other just about every day.

Can you share with us some of your triathlon races and your finishes/times? And your most memorable moment in triathlon/racing?

Phuket 70.3 is an amazing race. I don’t think there are too many where you do both sea and fresh water swim. You have to dismount your bike halfway in the bike leg to run up a heap of stairs to go across a bridge spanning the freeway, twice. The hills are so steep, they have speed restrictions going down and you have to remain seated if it rains because your back wheel spins. Plus there are Elephants at the finishing line.

Ironman has certainly become a lifestyle for me now and I have met so many amazing people along the way.

As far as times, I am still chasing that elusive sub 9. Came so close in Melbourne 2012 with a 9.02. I suppose I do have a sub 9 on the race results – Melbourne 2013 I recorded an 8.47 but unfortunately the swim was cut short, due to very windy conditions.

Winning my age group at the Hawaii world ironman champs in 2009 was definitely a goose bump experience for me. I had to dig very deep in the final stages of the run and, in the finishing shute when I looked back to check if I had opened up a gap, I tripped and fell over. The song playing “Heaven is a place on earth” sounds like Kevin has found a place on earth. Check the Navy officers who came running over, I think they were disappointed I got back up. Mike Reilly, the voice of ironman saw and called it, lucky I did it just out of view of the finisher’s camera.

What is a triathlon event that you are dying to do?

Roth Ironman has always been on my bucket list, unfortunately the bucket is pretty empty and it costs an arm and a leg to compete over there. By the time you pay for race entry, airfares, accommodation and of course you have to stay on for another week to see the final stages of the Tour De France, you need a bank loan of approximately $8,000 so I will have to die, so my wife will get the opportunity when she gets my life insurance money.

What are your goals for this and next year in triathlon?

I am still trying to get that magical sub 9hr Ironman before I get too old.

Support local races, love going to country races. Murray man had ice baths, massages, nuts, ice-cream and beers this year in the recovery area.

Continue supporting and fundraising for Cancer Council SA by doing the Beat Cancer Tour. This is a one of a kind real pro experience doing every stage of the Tour down under before the real pros.

If I get the final approval, take a friend Sid James who is a quadriplegic to compete in the Hawaii Ironman World Championships.

Bloody hell, it’s going to be another hectic year, Steph expect a call soon.

So how did you run into Steph and Nutrition Strategies? What made you want to work with us?

I literally did run into Steph on a hill run about 7 years ago. The Lakers Tri Club have a group that do some pretty narly runs in the hills and we managed to get a small group of pretty good runners that ran with the SA trail runners which included Steph. I had a chat to her on one of the runs and told her of my aim of iron5for55 and how I was having trouble keeping my nutrition down in ironman. Not only did she offer her services to me, she got behind iron5for55 and became a sponsor providing 5 nutrition consults valued at $166 each.

How have you found working with us?

I had tried all different nutrition during ironman, but managed to keep bringing it all up on the run. Steph put me on to a liquid nutrition called Infinit which is a custom blend that is made to meet your requirements. Not only did I stop bringing up all my nutrition, it’s so convenient to have it all in a bottle. No more messy gels and bars to try and eat when going hard.

It is great to work with someone that has experience working with a broad range of athletes who come to her with such a diverse range of issues; she has the experience and knowledge to help you achieve whatever your goals are. Steph is very approachable and has the ability to explain some of the complex issues so even the layperson can understand.

I continue to work with Steph to try and fine tune my racing and nutrition.

Tell us something people may not know about you?

I have spent over 2 years of my life underwater, the joy of being a commercial diver for over twenty years and a PADI dive instructor.

Thank you for talking to us Kev, happy training and nutrition!

Kind regards

Steph

Stephanie Gaskell is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, an Accredited Sports Dietitian, and a competitive Ultra Trail Marathon Runner. She is available for Phone and Skype Consultations, and has published the FODMAP™ & Gluten Status Sports Supplement Guide.

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