Michelle Cooper is nothing short of an inspiration.

 As an Athlete starting competition later in her life Michelle has run marathons, represented Australia in Triathlon, finished IRONMAN and competed all over the world. When she falls she gets back up and this is all whilst juggling a career as a speaker, coach and being a mum.

 “I balance taking from the sport (as an athlete) with giving back (as a coach and board director) to ensure I use all my skills and experience to leave the sport better than I found it, because it has made me better than when I started”

 Michelle’s Achievements include but are not limited too;

  • Start Playing Stay Playing Excellence Award in the Inspiration category
  • Triathlete competing across Australia and internationally; focused on Olympic distance and Ironman distance events
  • Founder of SBR Triathlon Club http://www.sbrtriathlon.com.au/
  • Registered Professional level triathlon coach specialising in beginner triathletes, female triathletes and junior development. Focus areas include running technique, strength / core, and psychological elements of racing.
  • Race 10-15 times per year depending on distances.
  • 10-12 training sessions per week; more than 20 hours “on deck” coaching each week including road rides, pool coaching, indoor riding, core classes, run sessions and more
  • Highly visible athlete in the community with exceptional reputation for inclusiveness, quality and determination.
  • Have coached 7 world championship athletes across sprint distance, Olympic distance, 70.3, duathlon and aquathlon.
  • Coach 15 junior female athletes, dozens of age group athletes and three disabled athletes (one wheelchair and 2 down syndrome)
  • Vice President of Triathlon Australia (first female)
Find more on Michelle here: www.michellecooper.com.au

 

Michelle in a snapshot:

B: What is your greatest sporting achievement?

M: Definitely representing Australia at World Championships - nothing beats the green and gold. 

B: What is your greatest NON sporting achievement?

M: Presenting in front of 500+ delegates on resilience

B: How did you get into triathlons?

M: I was training for my first marathon and needed some cross training so was suggested to do a triathlon. I hated it to be honest. I was terrified but I decided that I hadn’t done enough training to truly feel that way so I kept going and I’ve never looked back. 

B: Do you have a favourite event?

M: Locally it would be Kingscliff triathlon but overseas it would be Ironman Cozumel

B: What do you prefer; competing, speaking or coaching?

M: Coaching gives me the greatest joy out of the three. The other two are a buzz - different satisfaction. 

B: What is the worst part of competing in triathlons?

M: It’s not very glamorous! There’s sweat, Lycra, weird food. But everyone is in the same boat and no one cares what you look like so you get over it pretty quickly!

B: What is a must have/ must do in lead up to a race?

M: Visualisation. Every course aspect, every moment of your pre-race routine, during the race and of course the finish. Knowing what you’re going to do in every situation is invaluable preparation. 

B: What is your best training tip?

M: Get a coach! Seriously find your people - a great coach and a great club will be the best training ground you can get. Employ their collective and specialist wisdom to help you through the tough times and to perfect your training plan. 

B: What motivates you?

M: Seeing how far I can push myself. And beating the boys! 

B: How do you recover after a race?

M: I have a pretty strict routine. I need to recover well as I have to get back to coaching or training pretty quickly usually. First thing first I smash down a Science in Sport Rapid Rego shake in chocolate. Then as quickly as possible I jump in an ice bath for about 7-10 mins. Then I empty that water and have a warm bath filled with Bexters sods crystals. From there I spray the Bexters magnesium spray all over my legs, put my compression tights on and jump into my Rapid Reboots. If I have a particularly niggly spot I’ll use my Compex but most of the time that is on my back or shoulders instead. Then sleep. As much as I can get which is hard when you are working and coaching and studying and training but it needs to be done. I do this after any hard or long session or after a race. 

B: What is your best piece of recovery advice?

M: Do it. Do not neglect it or take it for granted. Get a routine, use good quality products / tools and make the time. It is as important as any other session you do. 

B: What is a common recovery mistake you see athletes make?

M: During training the most common mistake people make is simply not having a recovery routine. After a race it is doing too little. They sit around and relax but don’t understand that active recovery is the best thing that can do. They should keep moving with gentle activity and that will make them recover faster. 

B: What do you say to athlete that says “I can’t”?

M: I say that they just need a plan. Can’t just means you haven’t worked out how yet. A good plan means you can do almost anything. 

B: What do you do in your downtime?

M: I am a bit of a nerd so I like a good podcast or book, binge watching TV of course, spending time with family - all the usual stuff, but truly my favourite thing to do is to take a long walk with my husband and plan the details of all our big dreams. It’s both relaxing and motivating and we often hit upon the best idea when we are out walking. 

Why are bexters & Michelle a good fit?

At bexters we know you have to start somewhere.  You have to give it a go and then turn up the next day to try again. Michelle is an inspirational athlete helping men and women who are just starting on their journeys to reach their sporting goals.  She practices what she preaches and is proof that determination, motivation and a good helping hand will get you to places you never dreamed were possible.  At bexters we can help on that journey and are so proud that Michelle has joined ours.