Five minutes with Nathan Shearer
Name: Nathan Shearer
Years in triathlon: 4.5
Distance (ITU/Long course): Long course, Ironman
What’s you sporting background?
I grew up a sport tragic and played anything and everything as a kid – cricket, football, soccer, baseball, netball etc., etc. My main pursuit turned to cricket at 14 and I played until I burnt out mentally and emotionally in my mid-20s.
How did you start in triathlon?
I had just finished my fifth consecutive cricket season in the early part of 2013, and was in desperate need of a change. Figuring I’d give triathlon a crack, but having never done one, I entered Ironman Melbourne at the end of that cricket season. As a baptism of fire, I completed my first triathlon in April that year, the Luke Harrop sprint tri on the Gold Coast. Hooked but realising I needed stacks of help, I joined Atlas Multisports (Sunshine Coast) and started to train properly under Jason Crowther in the lead up to my first Ironman in March 2014.
What has been your most memorable racing experience so far?
Ironman New Zealand in 2016. I had the most incredible overall experience with my family and people who are now friends for life, including my current coach, Bevan McKinnon, who I managed to pip for first overall age group honours. It was a first for many things and to this day one of the most fun race experiences I’ve ever had.
What piece of advice would you give to aspiring triathletes?
Focus on the process, not the prize. Best advice I’ve ever been given, period.
What’s your drink of choice – coffee/tea/somewhere in between?
Coffee. A Melbourne specific curiosity – Almond milk ‘Magic’: double Ristretto flat white in a small (160ml) cup.
What’s your favourite pre training/racing meal?
Food wise I’m not fussy but I’ve had my best results when sharing the pre-race meal with friends/family; ideally both.
What are your pre race rituals?
Relax and take coffee intake to dizzy new heights, find a good buffet; go from being terrible on social media to mediocre on social media (mainly due to Korupt Vision’s terrific influence).
What’s your next big goal?
Win a long course event/qualify for Kona as a professional.
Favourite way to recover?
Couch, movie (ideally Karate Kid trilogy, the OG not the Jaden Smith remake travesty) and a block of Cadbury (only immediately post Ironman – banned otherwise).
Name a hidden talent…
Photographic memory, being annoying.
If there were a movie made about you it would be called…
Rise and Grind: A Coffee story or Annoyingly Good at Stuff and Things (None of them useful)
Who’s an athlete you admire?
Lionel ‘No Limits’ Sanders.
Bucket list race?
A guilty pleasure?
Chocolate, usually Cadbury and almost always by the block.
If not triathlon?
Fantasy: Batting 3 for Australia at Lords in July against a swinging Duke ball, smoking cover drives on the way to getting on the honour board. Reality: Own a Running Company Store.
Images: Korupt Vision