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Spotlight on… Austen Hughes

April 21, 2014

Austen Hughes

is no stranger to distance events and long bikes rides. In fact, he rode from Banff to Boulder as part of Give to Live’s fundraising event! A rookie to EPIC Dartmouth, he will no doubt be a strong contender on the bike this summer.


Name: Austen Hughes
Age Group: 40-44
Event/Distance: Epic Terra


How long have you been involved in the triathlon world?

Not too long at all. I’ve competed in one sprint triathlon (badly!) and a few small duathlons, but none the size of EPIC. I got back into biking two years ago after a 15 year hiatus. Last year I was lucky enough to take part in a charity ride from Banff, Alberta to Boulder, Colorado and somewhere between Montana and Wyoming I decided I needed a new challenge for 2014. EPIC Dartmouth is on home turf and it seemed like a perfect fit for me.

When you started, what were your goals?

To train and succeed in something where success is far from guaranteed.

Do you have any pre-race superstitions?

I never race on a dirty bike. Buff her up and she’ll go faster.

How many hours per week do you train?

I’m into week 8 of a 25 week program, AKA “the easy bit” so I’m putting in between 6-8 hours per week. February will see that step up to around 10 hours per week, and should gradually increase to about 15 hours per week. This equates to early morning gym sessions through the week and a very forgiving family over the weekend.

What do you love most about EPIC Dartmouth and why did you choose this race?

Nova Scotia is extremely fortunate to play host to one of the few endurance distance events in eastern Canada, and I wanted to support the cause. I live in Dartmouth, which made the decision even easier. The route is also great. Shubie Park is beautiful and I’ve ridden sections of the bike leg a lot over the past couple of years and it’s a really fun ride.

Words of wisdom (Any advice for your competitors or future triathletes?)

I’ll let you know when I finish the race in June!