Kat Bulk and Alex Martin are teaming up together to race as Team Barracuda Kayaks at Red Bull Defiance.
These two serious athletes are well matched in skill and performance; but its the similarities in their sense of humour, a shared love of peanut butter, and their ability to find an extra 2% that will makes this dynamic duo a force to be reckoned with.
We caught up with Team Barracuda Kayaks as they enter the final days before Red Bull Defiance 2019.
Are you a hunter or a gatherer:
Your team mate is a new
addition to the crayon box, what colour would she be and why?
A: Sunrise orange, because she brightens up the day
K: Alex would be a wicked shade of metallic-purple-magenta – she is bright and colourful but with this underlying streak of unbelievable bloody minded determination
Alex looking fresh at the end of Day 1 at Coast 2018
If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?
A: A Fish, cos I would love to live under water
K: Falcon – it would be amazing to sour endlessly over the mountains – being able to see in ultraviolet would be pretty sweet too
What inspires you?
A: Adventuring in nature
K: Courage, strength, determination and humility
Who is your favourite sports hero?
A: All of those who have helped me in my sporting pursuits – my friends and coaches
K: Team Hoyt
Kat racing up the Remarkables
Most surprising thing about your team mate?
A: She is extremely creative
K: I don’t know if it’s surprising, but I really admire Alex’s “Beast Mode” – her ability to push herself until she gets blurry vision and compromised continence integrity
A: “Life is perishable, live accordingly”
K: “Make it count”
Favourite song prior to competing?
A: Too many to choose – today: “Relax” by Frankie and the Hollywood's
K: Particularly enjoying “10 Laws” by East Forest at the moment, though its always hard to go past “Bat Out of Hell”
Kat at Coast to Coast 2017
Favourite Race Food:
A: Banana and peanut butter mushed together
K: Peanut butter, anything savoury and easy to digest – have been experimenting with cheese recently
Favourite Post-Race Food:
A: SALT – with banana and peanut butter mushed together
K: Salty things usually a bag of fries (bag size directly proportional to exertion), peanut butter based smoothie
What are you most looking forward to about racing Red Bull Defiance 2019?
A: Racing with Kat
K: Teaming up with Alex…and the uphill’s, definitely the uphill’s
Expected challenges at RBD?
A: The steep climbs and the heat
K: Pacing ourselves and racing well whilst still keeping the tank well stoked for Coast
A: Jacks Point ½ Marathon
K: Kiwi Kids Triathlon
Alex taking Multi-discipline domination to the next level
A: Kepler Challenge 60km Ultra-Marathon
K: Last year’s Waimak Classic – being crook in a 70km river race is so much less fun than it sounds
Best hard to get to location?
A: Middle of nowhere, Atlas Mountains, Morocco
K: Serpentine Range
Best training advice you have given, or can give?
A: “Consistency is key”
K: “When you start hurting - don’t let your mind panic”
A: C2C One Day!
K: LOOONGGGESSSST DAY!
We are looking forward to following Team Barracuda's progress at Red Bull Defiance 2019 - go and smash it!