Rhydian Cowley (Vic)
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Here is Rhydian’s Q&A session
What is your biggest accomplishment in your sport?
Would definitely have to be making the 2016 Rio Olympics, and then also being able to put forward a performance there that I was happy with. It might not be a medal, but having had a few rough races at championship races in previous years, I’ve learned to value when I can perform at or close to my best when overseas.
What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?
Number one has to be resting. It’s easy to get suckered in to a competition of who can train the hardest, and have the most km’s, but ultimately you need to give your body time to recover to get the best out of it and keep it from breaking down. It’s hard to judge what is enough rest and what is not working hard enough, and what is enough or too much sleep, but I think at least in my case erring on the side of caution has been helpful for so far keeping me free from major injury (I say that at risk of jinxing myself).
Second one has to be finding a training environment that keeps me honest on the days I’m feeling tired, and pushes the best out of me when I’m feeling good. Finding people to train with and making a regular habit out of it is really useful, even if it’s only a few times a week. Before Rio this meant traveling to training camps overseas, and since Rio it’s meant finding time to train with guys like Adam and Quentin on my weekends.
How do you set your goals?
Now that I’m at an international level more regularly it’s a bit easier – look at the calender to the next big race and work from there, targeting getting faster, qualifying for the event and performing at the event. Even before I was regularly broke through, for athletics it’s straightforward to set races and competitions as goal events. You have to look at where you are though, and be realistic about the improvements you can expect between then and when your goal date is.
Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by?
I wouldn’t say live my life by, but there’s a couple that I like to think of – both really walking related I guess. In Japan at a hostel run by some running enthusiasts, I donated a race bib to the hostel for their race bib wall, and gifted an Australian singlet to them to. In return they gave me the hostel’s running top, which has on it “The longest journey begins with a single step”. I think that’s pretty meaningful both in and outside of athletics. Everything has to have a start point, and once you start it’s up to you where the journey goes. The second one is appropriated from Johnny Walker. When the going gets tough, either in racing or in wider life “Keep walking”, keeping on putting one foot in front of the other, it might be a challenge, but at least you’re meeting it head on and persevering.
What is your favorite food to eat the night before a big competition?
A big bowl of rice.
What one word describes you?
What is your favorite place to compete?
Hard to say. I’ve got a PB both times I’ve raced in La Coruna, which is a great race destination. Spain is nice. That said the conditions in Nomi in Japan are always close to perfect in March, and Japan is also a nice destination. It’s nice to be home, but traveling for competitions also lets you escape the distractions of home.
What is your greatest weakness?
I tend to prefer to have lazy days of not doing a lot. Sometimes this makes it even harder to get out of bed so I have to be stronger than my preference for laziness.
What excites you the most about a career as an athlete?
Getting to travel to places around the world is one of the nice payouts for the hard work I have put in. I wouldn’t have traveled as much as I have without my athletics, so I really appreciate what parts of the world I have been able to see thanks to it.
Would you rather live for a week in the past or the future?
I don’t think either would be long enough.
Is there anything special you do the day/days before a major competition?
Get lots of sleep.
Thank you and good Good Luck Rhydian, we wish you a great race and race well