Athlete Profile – Joel Harrigan
Today’s Athlete profile is on Joel Harrigan. Joel is instrumental in a lot of the design of the bike sections at Adventurethon Coffs harbour. He loves to be outdoors and almost every time we see him, he is on a bike.
Have you competed in Adventurethon before – which one?
Yes, Coffs Harbour duathlon
Have you always been active?
Yes, I have always been doing something! From motocross to paragliding. I will give anything a go!
I enjoy the opportunity to get off-road.
Tell us about why do you do off road events
I enjoy the challenge they bring and just being out in the bush.
Where do you feel your strengths lie?
Mental strength and dedication and perpetration.
Who inspires you to push yourself?
No one person in particular, rather an internal drive to fulfil my potential in everything I do.
Describe the atmosphere at Adventurethon?
Relaxed, friendly but at the same time there is a feeling of excitement.
Where do you live and play?
Moonee beach just north of Coffs Harbour.
How important is your support crew to achieving your goals?
Having my family support my sporting aspersions is essential. I know it’s cliche but if my wife wasn’t 100% behind me I would have no chance of achieving what I set out to achieve.
What does your race day breakfast look like?
I don’t have a set race breakfast. It depends on the time of race start. A liquid breakfast for an early race. Or something a bit more substantial for a race that starts later in the day.
What’s the one piece of equipment that goes with you to every race and why?
My podium shoes? Ha ha. It really depends on the race. I don’t have set of lucky socks or underwear if that’s what you mean.
What piece of advice would you give someone attempting their first Adventurethon?
Be prepared for it to hurt! Embrace the pain.