I started training for this sport when I was 17 and competing at an elite level meant spending hours and hours training and focusing on a healthy lifestyle that is the basis for success.
Jake Birtwhistle, born in 1995 in Launceston, Australia, has always been an athlete and met the glory of World Cross Country School champion in 2012 in Malta at the age of 17. But that title was only the culmination of a series of successes that saw him win 11 Australian junior track and field titles in the 1500m, 3000m and 200m steeple in 2009-2012. With such a pedigree, Jake decided to dedicate himself to triathlon in 2013.
2020 was to be the year of his consecration. His declared goal
was the Olympic throne in Tokyo
, but the global epidemic caused by COVID-19 stopped him from achieving his dream, for now. I was training abroad with my team and our coach,
says Jake, and we were planning to hold several competitions during the year. With the pandemic worsening and the cancellation of more and more events, we decided that the safest course of action was to move temporarily to Tasmania
Before the pandemic, Jake was training in groups under coach Joel Filliol, travelling around the world to compete in various events and training locations, making life as easy as possible for the triathlete. They used to spend between 25 and 30 hours a week training on a regular schedule to grow consistently.