Name: Justin ‘Juz’ Brewer
Residence: Sydney, Australia
Occupation: Personal Trainer
Sporting Background: Pool, open-water & surf-swimming, surfing, longboarding/downhill skateboarding, general fitness training and more recently road cycling
Favourite foods: Slow-cooked beef of lamb, sweet potato mash, good seafood, burgers, bacon & eggs and fresh fruit smoothies (oh, and the occasional chocolate thickshake…)
Triathlon experience: Not much.
After severely underestimating my first triathlon back in April of 2011 (an Olympic Distance race at Bateman’s Bay on the NSW south coast which of course I blew up in), I suddenly realised that bikes, sunnies, compression socks and teardrop helmets aside; triathlon was in fact a sport not to be taken too lightly. So after a small amount of training, I managed to redeem myself at a few sprint distance races later that year – and when a work colleague suggested that I harden up and enter myself in an Ironman already, I couldn’t help but accept the challenge.
On December 9, 2011, I officially set IMWA as my primary goal for the following year, triggering the beginning of a love-hate relationship with the sport that would see me competing in a handful of prep tri’s over the next 12 months with mixed results. At the end of the year though I managed to step up and perform on the day, completing the big one in 8:52:55; placing me 1st in my age-group, 10th overall, and scoring myself a Kona slot for 2013.
- My first triathlon-related goal was to finish the Bateman’s Bay Olympic distance race in 2011; and although it took me close to 3 hours, I did it.
- My second goal was to finish IMWA in under 10 hours – then under 9:30 – then 9:20 – and then as close to 9 as I could; I ended up breaking it.
- My third and current goal is to win my age-group at Kona in as little time as possible; and I plan on doing it.
Sporting Heroes: Michael Phelps, Kelly Slater, Shane Dorian, Ian Walsh & for triathlon’s sake Pete Jacobs & Macca
Favourite quote: “You only get out what you put in”