Adam’s sights set on World Championships in Hungary
Two years ago, boat builder Adam Davidson couldn’t even swim 100 metres, now he is preparing for the 2010 World Championships Olympic Distance Triathlon in Budapest, Hungary.
The 27-year-old will compete in the multi-sport endurance event in September, which involves a 1.5 kilometre swim, 40 kilometre cycle and 10 kilometre run.
As a youngster Adam played Aussie Rules and then went on to try his hand at body building.
It was only after a friend suggested he try Triathlon that he took the plunge and joined the Southport Triathlon Club.
“I was looking for a way to push my body beyond its natural limits and I had been going to the gym for about four years when Triathlon was introduced, I have not looked back since,” Adam said.
“The personal challenge that Triathlon delivers is what it is all about for me, mentally and physically.
“I remember that first swim session – I couldn’t swim 100 metres, I was knackered but the Southport Tri Club had a great bunch of guys there who made me feel welcome.
“I had never done any swimming before so I was in my football shorts while everyone else had their budgie smugglers on. The coach asked me if I would be coming back and suggested I ditch the football shorts.
“After a few tough swim sessions, something clicked and I thought I could give this a good crack.”
Adam trains on average about 20 to 25 hours every week and this usually involves three swim sessions including one open water, three bike sessions usually three to seven hours per session, three run sessions from 45 minutes to two hours per session and one mechanical pilates session per week.
He said the support he received from Riviera has made a huge difference to his training schedule and will help him reach his goal of competing in the 2010 World Championships Olympic Distance Triathlon.
“Riviera has allowed me to have three hours leave every Wednesday morning so that I can fit in another big training session whether it’s a ride, run or swim,” he said.
“It’s just unbelievable and I am so glad that Riviera is behind me.”
Adam joined Riviera in 2004 and works as a Boat Builder in Fit Out Two. He works a 40 hour week from 6am until 4.30pm which makes it difficult to fit in a morning training session.
However, working in the lifestyle industry, Adam is fortunate to work a four day week so every Friday, Saturday and Sunday he trains, as well as every night after work.
“My wife, Jenny, is also involved in the sport so she knows exactly what pain I am putting myself through at times and she is just a fantastic support.”
Adam and Jenny met when they were in high school at Sale College in Victoria. They moved to the Gold Coast five years ago to make a life of their own and they have been married for three years.
Adam says he has always been self-motivated but the support from his wife and family has helped him through some tough times including the recent passing of his training partner Renee Nicholls.
“She was the world champion for Ironman which is a 3.8 kilometre swim, 180 kilometre ride and 42 kilometre run (marathon).
“She was just an amazing person, she was so tiny but she had such a big heart and every single person that came in contact with her knew how strong she was.”
Sadly, Renee passed away following an accident during a training session in northern NSW in February.
“I feel she has given me some strength to get through every day,” Adam said.
“Renee was an awesome training partner and she helped me to stay focused.”
Renee was not only Adam’s training partner, she was his best mate.
Adam says competing in triathlons is an amazing feeling and the mental challenge of being able to push through the physical pain to finish the race is a rewarding experience.
A highlight for Adam was when he achieved third place at Calypso Bay on the Gold Coast. This race was a sprint distance involving a 1 kilometre swim, 33 kilometre ride and 7 kilometre run.
In a reference from Adam’s coach, Matthew Clark, he says Adam’s ‘down to earth character is complemented by a stellar focus I have not come across very often in my 15 years in the multisport industry.’
“Adam has gone from a beginner at the sport to now – An Australian team member who will be representing the country at this year’s ITU World Championships in Hungary. I can honestly say this result has been achieved through hard work, patience, consistency and a never give up attitude.”
Adam attributes his success to the support of his wife, family and work colleagues.
“I believe if you have got a goal and you are that passionate about it, you will achieve it. I have got my wife that is 110 per cent behind me, my family and the guys at Riviera that keep me motivated as well.”
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Boat Builder Adam Davidson is determined to succeed
Two years ago Adam couldn't even swim 100 metres, now he is a triathlete
Adam trains on averge 20-25 hours a week
Cycling is Adam's strongest event
Adam and his wife Jenny
Adam's training partner, the late Renee Nicholls when she won the Hawaiin world championship
Adam enjoys the personal challenge of competing in triathlons
Adam's never give up attitude has earned him the chance to represent Australia in Hungrary