Fresh out of high school and with her sights set on the University of Notre Dame for 2017, Aleisha is using her summer to train harder than ever with with her triathlon club, Eclipse Performance Centre.
With a killer effort in the Ocean Eliminator under her belt, Aleisha is set for an amazing season of racing.
When did you first start open water swimming?
I believe that the Busselton Jetty Swim back in 2014 was my first open water race (apart from triathlon). I was pretty nervous about swimming in the open water and didn’t quite know what to expect as well as not knowing how well I would swim.
My parents made a bet with me that if I swam faster than them, they would buy me some of the merchandise, so I was up for the challenge. I ended up beating my parents by a fair bit which my dad was not expecting, but I was happy that I survived the race and it’s now one of my most favourite swimming events to compete in and I’m always up for a challenge to beat my personal best times.
How often do you train?
I train for triathlon with Eclipse Performance Centre as that is my preferred sport. I am training pretty much twice a day every day.
I aim to train 20km per week for swimming, if not more.
Most memorable swimming experience?
I was doing an 1km open water swim back in May the day before the half ironman down in Busselton and as I was running out of the water I completely stacked it.
Unfortunately I have been unsuccessful in finding a photo from my stack to post on instagram, but it was definitely a funny moment to be apart of as I knew the commentator and he was making some cracker jokes about me.
Other than that, I really do enjoy completing the race whether it was a PB or not and then going off to eat food 🙂
What do you think about when you’re swimming?
Back when I was still in school, I remember always thinking about all of my tests and exams that I had to study for and I would sometimes try to go over my study while I was swimming, but now I am always thinking about food.
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What do you like best about swimming?
It allows me to eat whatever I want whenever I want (while maintaining a plant based lifestyle).
If you could go swimming with anyone in the world, who would it be?