FEATURED ATHLETE : KYM JAENKE
This triathlon season, all eyes are on Kym Jaenke, elite competitor and sponsored athlete of Allsports Jindalee. Since competing in her first triathlon at Noosa in 2006, Kym has shot through the ranks of triathletes to race at Kona in 2012, and in her own words, “got pretty serious pretty quickly.”
Despite having been a swimmer and runner in high school, once she graduated, Kym found her fitness decreasing with each year spent away from the school teams. Some friends eventually introduced her to triathlons, and she’s never looked back. Her first triathlon in 2006 re-ignited her competitive fire and she speedily became a fierce presence on the half-Ironman and Ironman race courses, winning Goondiwindi’s Hell of the West in 2010, 2012’s Port Macquarie’s Ironman in her age division, and 2013’s Noosa Triathlon. However, her most treasured achievement is without a doubt the, “extremely special” 2nd place in the 35-39 age group at the Ironman World Championship, held in Kona.
Unfortunately, Kym suffered a serious injury earlier this year, when during February’s Geelong 70.3 race, a pedestrian caused her to be in an accident during the bike leg. She shattered her elbow, resulting in a comminuted fracture requiring internal fixation with metal plates, screws and wires. When asked about her recovery and the mental challenge of not training as much as she would have liked, Kym stated, “I knew the healing time would be frustrating, but once I came to terms with the severity of my injury, it was all about being mentally tough and focusing on being happy with the small degrees of improvement day by day, and not trying to get back to my initial level of exercise as soon as I could move my arm properly. I never thought about dropping back my race distances or training once my arm was healed; I just got on with it.”
Thankfully, Kym was back to her old self in no time, and was soon competing again, her first race back a 70.3 triathlon in Cairns. Whenever she feels like giving up during a tough competition, Kym thinks of how disappointed she would be with herself if her end performance was less than stellar- sheer self-motivation drives her to be the amazing performer that she is. She advises aspiring athletes that to balance training with other commitments, “time management is key, but you have to be prepared for life’s changes; I’m always flexible and modify my training accordingly to what is happening in my life. Always train consistently and listen to your body. Change your routine if you feel an injury coming on. Most importantly, be a sponge for advice and learn from everyone you can.”
This season, Kym is focused and determined. She’s already completed the Sunshine Coast 70.3 triathlon, and is gearing up to compete in October’s Port Macquarie 70.3, November’s Noosa Tri, and ultimately Busselton’s Ironman in Western Australia. If you’d like to keep updated with Kym’s results, make sure to follow her on Twitter, or on her website. www.kymjaenke.com/
Hi! I’m Melissa Nolan, an Allsports Physiotherapist. Since completing a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) in 2008 and a Bachelor of Human Movement Studies (Exercise Physiology) in 2009 at theUniversityofQueensland, I have worked at Allsports Physiotherapy Camp Hill, where I eventually became a partner in 2013.
I am currently in the process of completing my Masters Degree in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy at Griffith University on the Gold Coast, with a graduating date of November 2014.
I have a passion for sports physiotherapy particularly in high performance competition and a special interes...