Today my guest is Julie-Anne Hazlett who I first met at a training camp in Jindabyne [the highest point in Australia] in January 2015. She and three others were planning to compete in the Race Across America as a team called The Veloroos. They were in fact the first all female Australian team to compete in the Race Across America and compete they did! In fact, they smashed the 19 year record to take victory in a blistering time!
Now domiciled in Sydney, Australia, JA, as you will hear, is originally from Ireland and began competing in triathlons in 2010 including the ITU Olympic Distance Age Group World Championships and the Ironman 70.3 World Championships.
Now, of course, as most of us know none of this pays the bills so JA does all of this whilst working full-time as Head of Customer Experience for a system’s integrator that specialises in Workforce Optimisation software. Like so many of us, JA juggles her working and personal life with her athletic training in the constant search for optimal results and balance.
I can’t think of a better way to kick off this podcast than by sharing this conversation with you. JA is someone who not only balances work and play but finds the status quo in her gritty competitive determination on race day and her charismatic, funny and endearing self off the field.
Topics discussed this episode:
- Race Across America and The Veloroos team
- Logistics and crew support during Race Across America
- At the start line of Race Across America
- Rotation of riders during the race
- Highs, lows and difficulties during the race
- Julie-Anne’s background, work-life balance and start in triathlons
- Training for Race Across America
- Julie-Anne’s charities and sponsor support during Race Across America
- Advice for aspiring athletes
- Julia-Anne’s future plans