Profile

Full Name: Kate Roberts

Nick Name: Katie

Date of Birth: 20 June 1983

Star Sign: Gemini

Hometown: Bloemfontein, South Africa

Nationality: South African

Languages: English and Afrikaans

Marital Status: Single

Height: 163cm

Weight: 53kg

Education:

2001: Matriculated at Eunice Secondary School for girls in Bloemfontein

2005: Obtained Bcom Human Resource Management degree at the University of the Free State Occupation:Professional Triathlete

Racing Triathlons since: 2000

Motto: The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude. ~ William James

Favourites:

Books that have changed my life:

The Outliers (Malcolm Gladwell)

Mao’s Last Dancer (Li Cunxin)

The Last Lecture (Randy Pausch)

The Happiness Project (Grechin Ruebin)

Film:

The Sound of Music and I must have watched it about a 100 times.

Music:

I am a very loyal U2 and Coldplay fan.

Food:

I must admit that I cannot resist a bit of junk food now and then. A cheesy calzone pizza and my home made cheeseburgers have got to be my favourites. I also love koeksisters, milktart and last but not least biltong.

Pastime:

I know this is a common one for triathletes but I’d have to admit that sleeping is right up there. There is just something so appealing about inactivity to someone who is forced to be energetic for a living!

Guilty pleasures:

Good coffee, high quality Swiss chocolate, Italian gelato ice cream (it is never too cold for ice cream) and having complete freedom on how to spend my time, so that whatever I do, I can do it mindfully.

More about me:

Other interests apart from sport:

I am proudly South African, I love reading, music and I also enjoy baking and cooking and according to my Dad and brother Gareth, I can make amazing mince balls and a peppermint crisp tart. My Labradors Strider and Rafa are the light of my life and I am very passionate about South African Wildlife.

Biggest challenge  I face in my line of work and how do I overcome this:

Occupational Health and Safety issues include bike crashes, constant injuries and soreness, extended periods away from friends and family, mental pain on the back of poor performances, an end to indulgence of junk food consumption and also living out of a suitcase.

By always working toward a goal, remembering the bigger picture, focusing on why I love triathlon and the wonderful network of support that I have and occasionally breaking that no junk food rule.

Most preferred discipline in triathlon and why:

I would say running. “Every day is a good day when I can run.” After my triathlon career I would love to continue to run and my dream is to compete in the Comrades marathon, as well as run a competitive marathon time.

Weekly Training Volume:

To be honest it feels like I’m focused and committed to triathlon 24 hours a day! But once I break down swimming, cycling, running and other technical drills it ends up being around 30 hours a week of physical activity.

A typical day in the life of Kate Roberts:

I always start my day with a cup of strong coffee and then get my first training session underway by 7 am Afterwards, I’ll enjoy a hearty breakfast and go back to bed for a couple of hours, followed by the next training session and a light lunch. After that I normally have a few hours to check e-mails and sort through my admin. Then at 5 pm it is the final session of the day, followed by cooking a yummy supper. In the evenings, I am fortunate to have the luxury of a massage three times a week, or if not, I will park in front of the telly and just relax.

What do I love about triathlon:

I really love the opportunity that triathlon has given me to be able to travel and meet amazing people from all walks of life. The satisfaction that I feel after a good race is indescribable but at the same time learning how to deal with failure and setbacks has molded me into a stronger, more content Kate

Advice for aspiring young triathletes:

The main thing whilst you are young, fit and healthy is to never forget to enjoy yourself!

You are master of your own destiny!

Always believe in the power of smiling, it makes the tough days a little easier…

Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk!

Sporting Icon:

When I was growing up, I always admired Steffi Graph. To me she epitiomised the true qualities of a world class athlete – sportsmanship courage, stamina, determination, self control, presence of mind and love and enthusiasm for the game of tennis.