Rhiannan Iffland dives into Red Bull World Series history My fit life
Rhiannan Iffland has taken her diving career to new heights, entering the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series for the first time this year. The 24-year-old from Newcastle, started diving in primary school and worked as a dive performer on cruise ships prior to entering the competition.
The Red Bull Cliff Diving circuit sees competitors soar from heights of 20 to 28 metres – twice as high as an Olympic diving platform – from spectacular locations around the world including America, Italy, Bosnia, Japan and Dubai.
One of two wildcards competing against six Red Bull contracted professionals, Iffland took out first place in her debut event in Texas, becoming the first wildcard event winner in the competition’s history. She then backed her performance up with an impressive 20.5 metre dive in Portugal, where she again earned the top spot.
Despite her winning streak coming to an end in Italy earlier this week, Iffland is still ranked number one overall. We spoke with the 24-year-old thrillseeker as she gears up for the next leg of the competition to find out exactly what it takes to dive from extreme heights, and win.
What is your health philosophy? Has it changed in recent years?
My health philosophy would be to eat clean, train hard, but most of all live a happy, enjoyable and active lifestyle.
What is your daily fitness routine?
My training routine has a lot of different elements. At the moment I am doing gym sessions, weights, cardio, swimming and of course diving in the afternoons. I practice on 10 metre and lower heights and occasionally I travel to destinations where there are 20 metre dives to train from.
What made you decide to try cliff diving?
I did competitive diving when I was younger and then was an entertainer in a dive show for a few years, so it was quite a natural progression. My love for the water and the ocean also made me want to give it a try. I have always enjoyed stepping out of my comfort zone, so I guess you could say I have always been a bit of a thrillseeker.
What gives you the greatest joy in your sport and what are the most challenging aspects?
The greatest joy is definitely the adrenaline rush, the enjoyment and company of the other athletes and the places I travel — the locations are incredible.
The most challenging aspect at this stage of my career is the height and the impact of jumping from 20 metres, however some people are challenged by the mental aspect.
What mental training do you do?
I find a little bit of meditation helps, and visualising where I want to be in my career. I don’t like to overthink anything during the competition, so try to keep my mind clear, focused and enjoying the atmosphere. When I am prepping on the platform I visualise my dive before I jump, thinking about the first steps in particular.
What’s your favourite exercise outside of diving?
I do crossfit on a daily basis and I really enjoy surfing and scuba diving. I love being in the ocean and these activities help clear my mind.
What do you eat on a general day?
Breakfast – Oats with bananas, blueberries and skim milk or yoghurt.
Snacks – Always a coffee. Other snacks include oranges, yoghurt or crackers with avocado.
Lunch – Depends where I am and what I have planned for the day. I always go for something to fuel my day of training. A salad sandwich is always a great option, or a quinoa and veggie bowl.
Dinner – A piece of fish or chicken, veggies and some rice or quinoa – simple but delicious.
What’s your favourite healthy recipe?
I like to make prawn and avocado salad, with mango, tomatoes, lemon and pepper and a tiny bit of mayo. This one is especially good for summer.
What’s your food splurge?
I don’t have too much of a sweet tooth so cheese and savoury treats would be my guilty indulgence.
What upcoming projects are you working on?
At the moment my focus is on training for upcoming cliff diving competitions, and moving on to bigger and better dives
Is there a motto that you live by?
I have a few mottos that I live by, but my favourite would be ‘life is only once, and we must enjoy everything that we do.’
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