Name: Diarmuid Deans
Age: 46 last Saturday
Occupation: Depends on the day of the week
Where were you born: Ireland
How long have you been training and competing in triathlons: I got the bug five years ago, almost to the day. I’ve been to Kingscliff several times, Raby Bay, Robina, Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Noosa and the Sunshine Coast 70.3.
How did you get interested in triathlon: I picked up a cheap road bike to work on my fitness but very soon got tired of riding around in circles in the Wynnum/Manly area. Euan MacDonald introduced me to the friendly bunch at Bayside Multisport and the two of us completed our first triathlon at Robina.
Why did you join Bayside Multisport: I found a great bunch of people to train with, friendly, welcoming, enthusiastic and local.
What are your goals: To die an old and happy man.
How much training do you do at the moment: I’ve just gotten back into six or seven days a week after a long break following an accident.
What is your least favorite session and why: Swimming, I don’t need to say why, enough people have seen me in a pool.
If you could choose a wild card entry into any triathlon, any distance, money no option and training was on target, what would it be: Challenge Roth, I’ve been told it’s one of the best full distance triathlons in the world and I love visiting Europe.
What advice would you give to anyone starting to train for triathlon: Join Bayside Multisport and get to know the members and hear their stories, once you know where people started from, it’s much easier to start your own journey. Also, when you enter a triathlon, it doesn’t matter what distance you do or how quickly you complete the course, you’re still way ahead of everyone sitting on the couch at home.
What do you do outside of triathlon: Tell bad jokes and spend time with my kids (they wish I wouldn’t do those things simultaneously). I’ve just started home brew again, I’ll let you know how that goes, but it’s unlikely to improve the quality of my jokes.
What’s one thing people would be surprised to learn about you: I never took an interest in any type of sport before I started triathlon, even in school.
What are you most proud of in your life: This is a terrible cliché, but it would have to be my smart, funny and beautiful children (they take after their mother).
If you had one wish, what would it be: World peace, seriously.