Welcome to Inspire Athletic's first blog. Since launching our web site, it's safe to say that as we write this we are filled with a mix of excitement and terror. We hope to give you a little insight into how Inspire Athletic was born and the people behind Inspire Athletic.
Inspire Athletic was born in July 2016, after both my wife and I were well and truly bitten by the triathlon bug !! We were introduced to the sport by two of our closest friends, who recommended we come down to our local triathlon club in Manly for some running/biking training. We had no intention of doing a triathlon so swimming wasn't even on the radar, good job really because as a "pom" we have the natural ability like the majority of people from England to really suck at swimming - unless your surname is Brownlee anyway (any English people reading this who can swim and have been blessed with natural abillity we salute you). At this time my best mate Neil was training for his first full Ironman in Cairns, I thought he was damn right crazy, I mean who would pay to swim 3.8km, ride 180kms and run 42.2kms just for the fun of it. Well at least you get a t-shirt and towel.
From that point forward our lives had changed completely, triathlon was now a big part of our lives. It's funny how you look back at key points within your life and wonder how your life can change so much by a few simple words from a friend. One of the best parts about tri life is that it gives you heaps of opportunities to lose yourself within training and forget about all the rest of life's pressures, like work/school pickups/ house work etc. For me my triathlon introduction came at just the right time in my life as I seemed to be putting too much focus on my work life and not enough on my family and friends. If you are reading this and you haven't tried triathlon yet, do yourself a favour and get your self down to the local tri club - it will surprise you how friendly and supportive everyone is regardless of level/fitness.
Another one of the triathlon joys come in the form of post race "expo credits", wow who would have thought you could spend that much on triathlon gear in one go !! Needless to say we have bought heaps of gear over the years and through this trial and error approach we have come to the conclusion that good quality gear that is comfortable for you with a style you like is a must !! This was why Inspire Athletic was born, we wanted to supply a brand of clothing/apparel that we people would come to trust and believe in.
Our selection process for products is pretty simple:
- Do we love the product?
- Do we use the product?
- Is the quality great?
If we can't find products that match or exceed the quality/comfort standards we set for ourselves then we will source brands that we love to use including
- Body Glide
As Inspire Athletic grows as a brand we will continue to keep adding exciting new products to our range. We are introducing some great new products to our range over the next few months.
Meet the Team
Founding members of team Inspire Athletic - Steve & Nicola
Fun facts time
Food: Pasta, especially spaghetti bolognaise
TV show: Sons of Anarchy and Game of Thrones
Movie: Swordfish or any of the Fast and the Furious movies
Leg of a tri: Bike
Runners: Hoka Vanquish 2
Bike: Trek Speed Concept, although I do love my Cannondale Caad 10
Songs to train to: Anything by the Foo Fighters
Current goal: Ironman Busselton in December 2017 (my first full Ironman alongside Nicola) – all tips and tricks most welcome!
Food: Italian/Thai/Chinese – too many to mention!
TV show: Currently Orange is the new Black and Australian Ninja Warrior
Movie: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, I also love the Despicable Me movies
Leg of a tri: Run (and yes it’s because it’s nearly the end)
Runners: Hoka Vanquish 2
Bike: Has to be my first road bike – Specialized Ruby Expert
Songs to train to: Holding out for a hero, Bonnie Tyler or All Fired Up, Pat Benatar (I’m an 80s tragic)
Current goal: Ironman Busselton in December 2017 (my first full Ironman alongside Ste)
Thank you for taking the time to read our first blog and welcome to our Inspire Athletic family !!!
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