ACROSS the ditch today awaits a test as big as they come for three Bathurst triathletes when they take on the Ironman New Zealand at Taupo.
Nanjing Night Net

Terry Roberts, Andrew Bourke and Blair Hurst all made the trip to New Zealand this week and will take part in the headline event of the week-long triathlon carnival.

King Cain Bathurst Wallabies Tri Club member Roberts stuck to a simple training program in the build up, focused mostly on improving his run leg.

He’s hoping to return a good result in New Zealand to earn him entry in the even more gruelling Hawaiian Ironman event later this year.

“I’ve been having a pretty consistent level of training. My bike is looking really good, whereas the run is not quite there yet,” he said.

“I’m in great shape so I’ve got no excuses to not to be performing well. I expect to be up towards the top of my age group. That will make sure that I get a qualifying place for Kona [Ironman World Championships].

“I’ve done quite a few of these before and you’ve got to get in and remove all your doubts. Got to always remain focused.”

While Roberts easily has the most experience of the Bathurst trio, he thinks all three of them can make an impression at Taupo.

“They’ve both trained hard and should be doing well. With what they’ve done in training I’m excited to see how they do because they’ve certainly earned it,” Roberts said.

Roberts has enjoyed some good finishes at the Taupo event in previous years and is already very familiar with the course.

He managed a top 150 finish in the 2012 half Ironman distance, coming home in eighth place in his age group. The year before he contested the full distance in 10 hours and five minutes in a similar position.

He enjoys the course and said it’s the opposite end of the weather spectrum compared to the Hawaiian Ironman, making it a comparatively pleasant affair.

“It’s a nice cool climate, much more bearable than Hawaii. There’s a nice swim, the bike leg has a few undulating parts but it’s not too bad and the run is just beautiful,” he said.

“I may look at the Port Macquarie Ironman which is on about nine weeks after Taupo. I’m also thinking about doing a marathon outside of an Ironman too. But for now my focus is on this event and doing well here.”

Roberts’ preparation has not just been a solo affair in trying to reach peak fitness. His wants to recognise as many people as possible in the lead up is an example of the amount of preparation required to complete the 3.8 kilometre swim, 180km bike leg and 42.2km run and not run into trouble in the process.

“There are a lot of people I’d like to thank for this. Liz Gilchrist at Health and Harmony has kept my body in shape. Belly’s Bikes have kept my bike in good condition for me and Lisa Dark has helped me with my diet and nutrition. There’s lots of things you need to help you get through the day,” he said.

“Matt Oakley has supported the club for the last four years. He’s been really excited about being associated with us.”

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