Samantha De Riter
In my first year of university one of my electives required me to complete a triathlon – pretty awesome if you ask me! This meant training sessions were held twice a week for everyone involved. I remember thinking that there was no way that I would be able to ride 10 kilometers let alone swim and run as well. In the first week of training we had to do a 10km time trial, turning up with my mum’s mountain bike I was set to go! I was slightly disappointed when I saw that nearly everyone had road bikes, however I decided no matter what I would give it my all. I pushed until I wanted to vomit and to my surprise I actually managed to clock the third fastest time. After this I was determined to get myself a road bike. At the end of 2008 I bought my first road bike and at the beginning of 2009 competed in my first half ironman triathlon, from then I caught the bug that is triathlon.
Soon after this a friend and I embarked on a 16 hour mission to raise money for the black Saturday fires. We rode stationary bikes for 16 hours straight and joked about racing ironman later in that year. This joke turned into reality and brought me to my first ironman triathlon at the end of 2009, being the youngest female competitor, I learnt many lessons which define the way I train and race today.
I consider myself very lucky to be able to roll out the door and ride the hills of the Dandenongs whenever I like. I love the freedom I feel when I am riding my bike. My perfect training ride would have to be a loop through the Latrobe state forest.
At present, I am personal training after recently completing a bachelor of exercise science. In the future I look forward to some more study and trying my hand in some cycling races.