Athlete Profile – James Pretto
Today’s Athlete’s profile is James Pretto. James is travelling to Townsville (from Melbourne) for his first Adventurethon, he is ready for a great weekend. He is a man of few words, but big heart. We look forward to seeing how he goes on the Adventurethon National Challenge trails, especially the run (which he says is his favourite leg) up the summit of Mount Marlow.
Have you competed in Adventurethon before – which one?
No, this will be my first.
Have you always been active?
Yes, for as long as I can remember.
I have been meaning to compete in Adventurethon for a while as Ive heard fantastic things about the event. Thankfully I’ve been able to get the time off work for this years event.
Tell us about why do you do off road events
I don’t think that anything can match that feeling of challenging yourself against nature and coming out on top.
Where do you feel your strengths lie?
I feel that my strength is consistency over all legs.
Who inspires you to push yourself?
Everyone and anyone who set goals whether is be physical or psychological and push themselves to achieve those goals. However one person in particular is my mum.
Describe the atmosphere at Adventurethon during race weekend?
Unfortunately I haven’t been to an Adventurethon before so I’m not too sure on the atmosphere, however I have heard great things that local community get fully involved and make it an unforgettable event.
Where do you live and play?
I live just outside of Melbourne and my playground is all around me.
How important is your support crew to achieving your goals?
I know in some races they are just as important as your race gear, so Ive managed to bring along my partner/ team manager Kate to look after me.
What does your race day breakfast look like?
Most pre race breakfasts for myself are toast with jam, OJ and coffee. I don’t like to be too full come race time, the coffee also helps with that.
What’s the one piece of equipment that goes with you to every race and why?
Suunto Ambit3 as it allows me to track my distance, time, speed, pace and HR which all help me perform at my best during the event.
What piece of advice would you give someone attempting their first Adventurethon?
To go out and enjoy themselves, I really still only train and race because I enjoy it. Oh and also pain is only in your head.