Hi, i'm James. I am a Professional Triathlete and Coach based in Sydney Australia. I have grown up immersed in sports and competed as a division one college tennis player in the US while earning a Masters' Degree in Exercise Physiology.
As the gun went off in Crackenback I was a little unsure what my chances were, I was racing some stiff competition and hadn’t run more than 4kms in weeks. A blowup was highly likely. Ever the optimist I took off and had the lead down towards the end of the last lap. Passing through onto the second lap just behind Nathan Breen and Sam Osbourne before entering T2 slightly behind the 2 leaders.
I picked up the phone and called the race director to sort out our issues like the adults I assumed we both were. What I was greeted with was “F*** off you f***ing amateur.” The call continued with a barrage of vulgar language with me unable to get any word in before being given one final “f*** off” and being hung up on.
The last few months have been filled with some of the most frustrating days in my sporting life.