13 Dec newcastle leg set to test best
THE Newcastle leg of the Nutri-Grain Ironman and Ironwoman series may prove to be the defining weekend in the six round competition.
Rounds four, five and six will be contested over two days at Newcastle Beach in three different formats including the Loop, M-Shape and Eliminator.
Saturday’s action will see the women race win two formats with the men competing once.
Sunday will see the reverse, with the men out in the water twice and the woman once.
Kurrawa’s Ky Hurst says the new format of running three rounds in one weekend will be testing, but he is looking forward to the challenge.
‘The biggest thing for me is the recovery. If I can make it through the Saturday and back-up for the Sunday, then I’ll be in for a good weekend.’ Hurst said.
‘Ive got a lot of miles in these shoulders, so I’m hoping that will kick in. I know it did in the first two rounds in Western Australia.’
‘I was a little bit sore on the Sunday, but I wasn’t the only one and I won’t be the only one in that boat come Sunday here.’
“But look, we’re all here to race, and no matter how much anyone is feeling the pinch, no matter what the conditions, once you get your foot on that line you’re ready to go.’ Hurst said.
Hurst is keen to put last year’s series behind him.
He was coming back from injury and his fitness wasn’t where it should’ve been.’
‘Last year was a shocker for me. It was a really tough 12 months for me.’
‘Mentally, physically, it was tough.’
‘I did renovations on my house too. It was just one of those years I had to get through, but this year is different. It’s all about Ironman racing, and man, I’m here to race.’
Hurst currently sits third in the series rankings, after the first two rounds, behind Kendrick Louis and series leader Shannon Eckstein.
The women’s series is lead by Northcliffe’s Courtney Hancock who was outstanding in the opening two rounds.
Fourth-placed competitor Liz Pluimers was looking forward to the challenge of catching the series leader and said conditions would be a factor.
‘The smaller waves will make things tight. There’s going to be no room for error and the races are going to be close.’ she said.
The first race starts at 10am tomorrow, kicking off with the women’s three-lap loop race.
The Ironmen will follow at 11.45am and the final race of the day will commence at 1.45pm.
Racing will start on Sunday morning at 9am.
For more information on the event go to http://www.nutrigrainironman.com.au