Sometime Geraldine resident Martina Fellmann is currently training for the Singapore Triathlon.
"I'm nervous. I like the cold so this will be a challenge for me," she said.
The 23-year-old finished third in the 20-24 age group at the ITU World Triathlon Series in London last year.
She thinks she is "kind of alright" at her chosen sport.
Fellmann is hoping to go professional and race in Europe in triathlons but she still has some work ahead of her.
"I have to get enough points to join the professional circuit. I have grown up knowing second best isn't good enough," she said.
Fellmann is currently studying optometry in Auckland which she said is full on.
She also manages to fit in training with coach Tony O'Hagan, which consists of running 50 to 60km, cycling 200km and swimming 20km.
"I have no social life but I love what I am doing so it's worth it," she said.
Fellmann said most nights after her training you can find her on the floor doing her stretching in front of the Big Bang Theory.
"I love Raj the most. He is funny," she said.
Fellmann still spends summers at home in Geraldine and is considering moving back to the region next year to work part time as an optometrist and to train.
- The Timaru Herald