Athlete profile – Stewart Bennett
Today’s Athlete Profile is on Stewart Bennett. Stewart has registered to take on the Ultra Adventurethon at Anglesea in December. We love seeing the different stories of people and where there strengths lie etc and seeing it all transpire on event day.
Have you competed in Adventurethon before – which one? – No
Have you always been active? – Yes
Why Adventurethon? – The Anglesea race looked like great fun and in a very scenic venue.
Tell us about why do you do off road events – I like the mental process of covering rough ground and water. I like the way you have to constantly focus and concentrate on every step and stroke. I find it relaxing as your mind is committed to the task at hand and all other thoughts can be put on hold.
Where do you feel your strengths lie? – I like paddling and that has been my main sport for the past 20 years. My running strength is increasing and hopefully I get my race nutrition right and can enjoy a strong run leg too.
Who inspires you to push yourself? – I don’t seek much inspiration from others, but I like the challenge that the people racing next to me present during events.
Where do you live and play? – I am from Hobart, Tasmania, but living in Melbourne on a short term basis.
How important is your support crew to achieving your goals? – I didn’t bring a support crew to the event
What does your race day breakfast look like? – Weetbix, muesli and a little bit of coffee, the same as every other day.
What’s the one piece of equipment that goes with you to every race and why? – It depends on the race, but my hydration pack is an essential.
What piece of advice would you give someone attempting their first Adventurethon? – Try and give yourself as much experience covering the distances and practicing your transitions as possible.