The youngest member of the 50+ Scorching lifer club is Lachlan Davey. Unlike myself, Lachlan is rather good at triathlon. So much so, he is usually finished, off home and munching breakfast before I even start the run leg. It is a privilege to interview a genuine prospect for greater things.
Smouldering Ember (SE):– Which is your most memorable Scorching Event and why was it so special for you?
Lachlan Davey (LD): My first Scorching Triathlon would have to be right up there, thanks to Daryl on that one. Firstly for putting on a great event for anyone, as I was a new comer at the time and secondly for helping me switch from Duathlons to Triathlons.
SE:- Having checked out your record on triathlon http://www.triathlon.org/athletes/profile/21869, you have completed many competitive races at a National, Oceania & International level. Which of these stand out for you and why?
LD: In 2011 I achieved my goal that I set with my coach, Gene McNaught when we first got together in Triathlon. This goal was to be selected into the New Zealand U19 Elite 3 person team to race at the Elite World Champs. So one of the races that stands out to me is the Elite Oceania Champs held right here in Wellington. This was the selection race for the Elite World Champs and is possible still one of my best performances to date. It was the first elite race that I had made the front bunch on the bike and I posted the fastest bike split. I ran the 5th fastest run split to end up 7th in the Oceania Champs and 2nd in the National Champs. It was great to have a course on home turf, is definitely be of my favorites. The home crowd was amazing and I still remember this day very clearly so thanks to everyone who was down there cheering me on!
SE:- At the same time, there must have been some not so good events. Which was the worst and why from your perspective?
LD: In 2012, after building up to my first season racing at the elite level over the standard distance. I went over to Mooloolaba to compete in my first ITU Oceania Cup race. At this stage I still hadn’t figured out that I had an extra rib under my collar bone! So this made the swim very hard. It only took a few hundred meters when my right arm started to loose function I had no choice, I just had to battle to get to the end of the swim. I missed the bunches on the bike and I ended up riding with a couple of guys. We were catching one of the bunches but getting towards the final 5km of the 40km bike leg I unfortunately got a puncture. I had no choice but to watch the group I was with ride away from me. Now my options were get a ride with the support vehicle and abandon the race or ride the final 5km with the flat tyre. I didn’t want to pull out so I rode the flat in. For this race the Female Elite field started the race 5mins after the men and so as I lost a lot of time in my race I estimated about 10mins the females, (yes I got chicked) all went past me… I still wanted to do the run leg so I carried on to transition. Not only did I want to try catch as many males as I could but I couldn’t have the female field come in before me! I ended up running through the whole female field except in the last 200m just missing the winner of the females and I didn’t get last in the men’s field! This race clearly didn’t go as planned and was a tough mental game but unless I have no choice I always finish my races! (This is impressive. That will to keep going after set-backs and completing demonstrates great motivation and drive. Also, I bet you are somewhat over it, when people ask you when you arrive at barbecues if you have brought any spare ribs – SE.)
Transition Talk 5 – Lachlan Davey Looking at one set of results from 2013 at Kinloch, http://www.triathlon.org/results/result/2013_kinloch_itu_sprint_triathlon_oceania_cup/8833 you were 15th in an elite field. What I am interested in are your transition times of T1 17 seconds and T2 21 seconds. How is this possible? Did you just do the entire event in a pair of budgie smugglers, a pair of swimming goggles and a helmet to save time?
LD: Haha! It is possible if you have a coach that is fast at transitions teach you well and run through transitions regularly in training. Thanks Gene! (My best transition is about 3 minutes. Suppose I should skip the cup of tea. – SE)
SE:- Your brother Christian is also very good at triathlon. Are you worried?
LD: I’m excited! I am looking forward to when we can really push each other! (Good answer. Wonder what he will say when he is grilled by my insightful questioning. – SE)
SE:- When you and your brother go out training together, do you play, “Let’s pretend we are the Brownlee brothers”. Would you be Alistair, Johnathan or Edward? (Yes there are 3 brothers.)
LD: We haven’t really played pretend to be the Brownlee’s, we have just naturally gone out there and pushed each other. I think I would be Alistair though. (So you have thought about it! – SE.)
SE:- We all have our own nemesis at Scorching events. Who is yours and why are you in competition with that person?
LD: I have always been pushed by an angry bull either chasing it so I can be over the finish line first or running to stop it catching me. Tony Buckingham (the angry bull) has always been up the front of the field and I have enjoyed racing with him over the years. I respect him rather than think of him as a rival.
SE:- Seriously, what are your ultimate goals and ambitions for multisport participation? Can we expect to see you on the telly?
LD: I want to reach my full potential in triathlon and then push my limits further. My dream has always been to be on the podium at a world level. I have actually already been on the telly before when I raced in Takapuna in the Elite mens race, which was live on tv. (Sorry missed it – SE.)
SE:- Who is your most inspirational sports person?
LD: Hamish Carter
SE:- What is your favourite curry and your favourite Indian restaurant in the Wellington region?
LD: Might need to leave this one out as I don’t really eat out at these sorts of places because I have allergies. (Perhaps this is why you are good at Triathlon, unlike myself who is constantly full of Kofta, Korma and Kulfi. – SE.)
SE:- Any idea who Smouldering Ember is?
LD: Yes I do know who you are, however I don’t know if I should leak you out to everyone? (Yeah right – SE.)
SE:- In 10 words or less, how would you describe Scorching Events?
LD: Absolutely, positively Wellington’s best events!
Thanks very much for finding time to do this during your busy schedule of training, work and study. It is an honour to be in the same race as yourself, and roundly beaten in the final placing. I never get to see you and the other glitterati at the pointy end of the Scorchers as I tend to be near the chase car.
Next time I will try and coerce a season newbie to answer some insightful questions about their experiences of Scorching Events.