Red Rush: I saw on Instagram that you were measuring your VO2 Max. Can you describe that experience? And what did you learn?
George Gwynn: It was a great opportunity to see where my fitness sat. Having never done a VO2Max test before, it was a great experience. The test was a sustained effort where my power output increased 20 Watts every three minutes until failure. It was very hard but very worthwhile because from the results I know all of my training zones and lactate threshold. My training can be a lot more effective.
RR: Can you give us a rundown of your strategy for a triathlon?
GG: Racing triathlons, my strongest leg is the bike, and I’m a mid-pack swimmer. So my strategy usually goes along the lines of: survive the swim, destroy myself on the bike and hold on for the run. I race varying distances ranging from the sprint distance to 70.3 distance but the strategy is very similar, although with a 70.3 I need to leave a bit more in the tank to run a half marathon after the ride.
RR: What was it like representing New Zealand in the 2013 ITU World Triathlon?
GG: Going to the world championships in 2013 was an amazing experience I got the opportunity to race in London at the same venue that the Olympics were raced on the year before. Unfortunately it wasn’t a great race for me having crashed on the bike and losing a few places and a lot of confidence. This year, however, I am representing New Zealand again at two more world champs in Italy and Australia.
RR: How did you get your start as a triathlete?
GG: Originally I had no experience in triathlons or racing in general. I enjoyed mountain biking as a hobby and when I left school I thought I would have a go at racing my bike. I did an Xterra race and they had a triathlon race on at the same time as the bike race and I decided that I would try the triathlon the next year. I did it and got hooked.
RR: Between the running, biking and swimming, do you favor one leg over the others?
GG: Swimming is a hugely technical sport and having not grown up swimming, like many triathletes out there, it’s very much my weakest leg, so I probably enjoy that the least because it needs the most work. Biking is my favorite. The speed you can go and you can push yourself right to the edge.
RR: What’s your favorite or greatest athletic achievement thus far? Future goals?
GG: My biggest race would have been the World Championships in 2013, but I am most proud of my first Half IronMan last year in Taupo. It was a race I had wanted to do for a few years and to finally do it felt awesome. I also had the fastest bike leg of my age group and rode faster than some of the pros racing.
In the future I would love to race as a Pro as an IronMan or Half IronMan athlete. I think it’s definitely something I can do.
RR: And how does Red Rush help?
GG: Red Rush is awesome. Racing on beet juice is something that I always do. It gives you that extra boost that you need on race day. When you’re standing at the start line and you have been doing your training and you have been taking Red Rush you know that you have done everything you can to put you in the best shape for the race.
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