Renee heads for peak

Renee Baker, who has now turned professional, is training for next year’s IRONMAN 70.3 championships. Picture: Will Russell        www.communitypix.com.au   d441694
Renee Baker, who has now turned professional, is training for next year’s IRONMAN 70.3 championships. Picture: Will Russell        www.communitypix.com.au d441694

The Claremont resident only started doing triathlons six years ago, and is now competing professionally.

The 31-year-old has just come back from Asia where she finished second in the Bangkok Tri Series and fourth in the Challenge Camsur.

Although she is a professional athlete, she does not make enough of a living out of it yet and as a result works as a part-time nurse.

Baker trains 20-25 hours during the week, sometimes before and after work, and heads to races on the weekend.

Sometimes when travelling overseas to places like Asia, she will fly out on Friday and return on Monday and go back to working as a nurse.

�I have travelled to Asia, America, Budepest, Greece New Zealand and have done all of Australia,� she said.

�I am happy doing what I am doing now, trying to qualify for the World Championships next year, which is my goal. I enjoy travelling and racing among the best.�

The 31-year-old athlete is hoping to have her best year yet. Female endurance athletes peak about 33.

When Baker first started doing triathlons six years ago, she turned up with just a bike and a pair of running shoes after one of her friends asked to her to do the women�s only triathlon.

She started winning races and then starting topping her age group and last year become a professional athlete.

�I get to travel the world and see so many places meet so many amazing different people I am one of the luckiest people in the world to do what I do,� she said. �I am not the most talented, I just work hard.�