Athlete Spotlight: Tony Spearing

Tony Spearing, or Tony Goodday if you like, is one of our funniest and most kindhearted athletes. His quest to improve at the 70.3 distance has been his main goal this year and we have enjoyed watching him grow. Cheer on Tony and learn a little bit more about Mr. Goodday as he shares his experiences below!

Primary Events: Two A races this year, Mucie 70.3 and Cedar Point Rev 3 Half Rev

Athletic Background: I was not athletically inclined as a kid. In fact my dad used to tease me about the long distance runs I had to do at school, asking what time they started, adding an hour to what he thought everyone else would finish in then telling me he would arrive just ahead of that to see me finish. All in good jest and absolutely true! My skill was sailing. In the class I raced, I have numerous top three provincial (state) and local podiums and represented South Africa at an international event, coming in 10th oerall and 3rd on handicap. I also love biking and raced the Argus road race around tvhe coast of Cape Town, SA, a number of times. Beautiful race which I think is about 100 km long.

Why did you choose BASE Tri Fitness as your training program provider: This is such a challenging sport. Actually 4 sports (swim, bike, run, nutrition). I decided last year that if I wanted to go from the back of the pack to the middle of it I needed someone who would guide me through the process, remove the stress of trying to figure it out and hold me accountable to getting it done. Lauren fits that mold perfectly. She is also great at dealing with the A type personality, high maintenance people, of which I am certainly one.

What has been the most challenging part of your training so far: Time! It is my absolute enemy. BASE Tri focuses me in to use it wisely!

What has been the most enjoyable part of your training: Seeing the results of all the hours of training. Whether it is at the end of a good training session or a race. There is nothing more satisfying than killing it!

What have you accomplished so far that you never dreamt you’d accomplish: Being able to run in the 10 minute mile range. Last year I was well above the 12 minute mark. I still hate the run but it is the only way to get to the finish line and it is getting more pleasurable! Keep working on me Lauren!

What is your favorite music to train to: This is a funny question as I look at what others post and wonder which is the name of the group and which is the name of the song! My current mix includes: Annie Lennox, Boomtown Rats, Midnight Oil, The Police, Eminem, Flo Rida, Hoobastank, UB40, and Carly Rae Jespen.

Favorite Workout: Swim workouts. Nothing specific but it is the only time you are absolutely on your own. No cell phone, no email, no music, just you and the water. I love these moments.

Least Favorite Workout: I just did a 1:10 run, 1:10 bike, and 1:10 run workout. I have to say it was probably been the one I was most happy to finish. Yep, to date this one is it.

If you could tell other athletes one thing you have learned so far in your training what would it be: Trust your coach and follow the plan. There is a reason you chose Lauren as a coach so hand over the reigns. If I can, so can anyone else. Follow her guidance and she will get you to the finish line faster than you thought possible.

Any embarrassing moments or stories: I am too new to tri to have one but I will share one from my mountain biking days. I can hold my own on a MTB so decided a number of years ago to try a downhill race. I went over my handlebars so often I lost count and had to move over for others to pass me. In one technical section I went over about 5 times in 50 feet. Thank God for elbow pads and helmets.

Equipment Line Up: Brooks Ravenna and my Trek Speed Concept- I LOVE this bike!