On Sunday at SunSmart IRONMAN 70.3® Mandurah he’ll be travelling again, but this time instead of using planes, trains and automobiles, he will rely on his swim, bike and run.
“I grew up on a rugged Canadian island in the Atlantic Ocean and had rarely even heard the word triathlon until I left home,” he said.
It was when he moved to Sydney eight years ago that Eager found himself drawn towards outdoor fitness, ocean activities, and triathlon.
After learning to swim more than one length of a pool, he entered his first triathlon and soon joined a local tri-club.
“Like most triathletes my eyes were set on a full IRONMAN triathlon and I am now preparing for my second SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia this coming December,” he said.
Eager’s life today is very different from the one that saw he and his two brothers feature on a travel show that was broadcast across more than 100 countries.
“Previously my best companions in life were my brothers while now the dearest people in my life are my wife and two children. Although my perceptions, outlook, and lifestyle has matured over the years I am still inherently the same person that I was 10 years ago,” he said.
Eager says that while travelling can be hard work and exhausting at times the cultural rewards, experience, and fun generated from being on the road kept him searching for new experiences.
“Knowing that I wouldn’t be young, single, and full of boundless energy forever I wanted to explore as much as I could before the window of opportunity changed,” he said.
It’s that desire to experience all life has to offer that in part lead him to triathlon.
“Come race day I want to enjoy the day as much as possible and can’t wait to feed off the energy of the crowd and get those special high five’s from my two kids,” he said.
Over 1,400 age group athletes will be racing over the SunSmart IRONMAN 70.3 Mandurah.
SunSmart IRONMAN 70.3 Mandurah supported by the Western Australian Government through Royalties for Regions, Healthway in promoting the SunSmart message and the City of Mandurah.
The iconic IRONMAN® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Recognized for excellence through distinguished events, world-class athletes and quality products, IRONMAN has grown from a single race to a global sensation with more than 250 events across five unique brands: IRONMAN®, IRONMAN 70.3®, 5150™ Triathlon Series, Multisport events, Iron Girl® and IRONKIDS®. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.