ASPIRATIONS, Chasing the Dream: An Interview With AJ Anderson
My first ever triathlon was a sprint distance race located
in Cairns Australia, where I won my age group
wearing a pair of red speedos and riding a matching red bike! The taste of
success and a new found passion prompted my premature retirement from the Royal
Australian Navy to pursue my dream of becoming a professional triathlete. I
took an opportunity to train alongside the National Swiss team in Australia and Switzerland
and then moved to Thailand
to train with another squad of professional athletes. Since then I have
competed in triathlon races all over the world from Sprints to Ironman.
What are your
motivations and aspirations?
As an athlete knowing that I have the opportunity and
ability to achieve a high level in triathlon motivates me to develop the
necessary skills. I continue to strive to fulfill my ambitions and achieve my
potential. As a coach I want to pass on the benefit of my own triathlon
knowledge as well as the experience gained from training with the world’s
elite. Seeing my athletes achieve their individual goals is so rewarding,
particularly those that juggle demanding careers and families.
What is your biggest
challenge in a busy city such as Hong Kong?
As a full time student at Hong Kong
as a coach and an athlete I find time management plays a major role if
to be successful in anything. I try to get my training done in the
classes’ start, which eliminates any stress of trying to fit in sessions
in the day. Avoiding the traffic by getting out early is the key to
riding in Hong Kong it also sets you up for the day making you feel
What is your most
My very first Ironman holds some fond memories, forgetting
my race number in a port-a-loo and running back to find an outstretched arm
holding it! The Laguna Phuket Triathlon isalso a favorite, which takes place in
December, this is an end of the season race and has one of the best after
party’s in Asia and plus you get to run down the finishers chute with an
As a coach do you
have any advice for those taking up the sport?
Keep it simple, learn the basics and filter what you hear
and read. Consistency is the key, training week in, week out improving and
developing as an athlete takes time. For those
high achievers, I always relate their triathlon goals to the
climbing of the corporate ladder and ask, ‘how much hard work and how long did
it take you to get to the position you are in now?’ 10,000 hours is a good
starting point. Hong Kong is such an amazing
city with lots of distractions and temptations. Surrounding yourself with
others in the sport will help you to focus and stay motivated. Ultimately being
healthy and active outside of the office can have such a positive impact on
your performance in the workplace too, which can only be a good thing.
HEADHUNT is a proud sponsor of AJ Anderson, who inspires
& motivates us through his passion and spirit of excellence.