Student Athlete Profile - Adam Rudgley

Adam Rudgley

 

 

What is your Sport? 

Triathlon

 

What degree did you study at ANU?

I'm studied a double degree in Engineering and Science - I completed this at the end of 2015.

 

How many hours per week do you spend training/competing?

This varys depending on the race schedule but generally around 25 hours a week

 

How did you juggle the committments of triathlon and studying?

When at university I used to plan my training either side of university classes to ensure I could train and attend class. To fit in all the study, it required a lot of time management, which usually involved making a list of all assignments and exams at the start of semester and planning how much time I could allocate to each. It also involved starting assignments early not the typical university student way. I also used to plan major races and the lead up in times of year when university wasn’t as busy such as during holidays or at the beginning of semester.

 

How does sport assist you in your academic pursuits?

I found training to be a great help to my studies. It gave me an outlet to de-stress after a busy or stressful day and gave me something to look forward to when university just seemed so tough and busy. I also found it made me manage my time better as I couldn’t afford to procrastinate.

 

Greatest sporting achievement?

I think my greatest sporting achievement is winning the bronze medal the U23 World Duathlon Championships in 2015. I was able to do it at a world champs in Australia in front of an amazing crowd. It is also extremely important to me given I honestly didn’t think I could achieve that sort of result while studying full-time and gave me the confidence that I could race with the best in the world.

 

What is your long-term sporting goal?

My long term sporting goal would be to represent Australia at the Olympics for triathlon. A long and successful career as a professional triathlete racing across the globe is also my goal which will hopefully lead me to qualifying for an Olympics 

 

Who has had the greatest influence on your sporting career thus far?

I think my parents have had the biggest influence on my career. They have always allowed me to try and have provided me with some many opportunities and have always supported me. They never ask for anything in return or put pressure on me to perform.

 

Who is your sporting idol and why?

My sporting idol would have to be either Alistair Brownlee or Javier Gomez (Triathlon Olympic medallists). They have changed the sport of triathlon and set the bar so high which has forced everyone else to improve across all three disciplines. They also have an amazing determination which I try to replicate in training and racing.

 

Do you have any superstitions or race day rituals?
 
My only superstition would have to be having a chicken caesar salad before races. I had a really good race one day when I had one before a race so I have been having them ever since.