Nick aims for pro Ironman
PORT Douglas’s Nick Carling is relocating to the Sunshine Coast to kickstart a professional career as an Ironman.
Nick has become a regular on the triathlon scene and has his sights set on competing against the best in the world on the gruelling Ironman circuit with a move to Mooloolaba around July.
“I aim to train solid for the next two to three years and eventually turn professional,” Nick said.
The budding athlete is currently enduring a gruelling 16-20 hours training over a six-day week, in preparation for the upcoming Ironman competition to be held in Melbourne on March 25, the first event of its kind in Melbourne.
The course features a 3.8-kilometre swim, a 180km bike ride and a 42.2km run.
Nick hopes to qualify for the Ironman World Championships held annually in Hawaii, following in the illustrious footsteps of Australian Craig Alexander, who set the Ironman course record in Hawaii last year.
“It’s every endurance competitors dream to compete in the Ironman world championships,” Nick said.
“At the Melbourne event there are only five world championship qualifying spots available for my category, with 85 competitors - the competition is definitely going to be tough.
“There is 11 weeks until the event and I am back on track and completely focused after Christmas and New Year.”
Nick is currently being coached by his uncle, Trevor Chetcuti who is based in Melbourne.
“He’s definitely more my coach then my uncle, he gives me a good kick up the backside when I need it,” Nick laughed.
Nick, who runs Actin Fitness in Port Douglas, is also busy transitioning his large number of fitness clients.
“We’re currently taking on new members of staff,” he said.
“I’m keen to changeover my clients slowly and not let any of them down. I hope to expand the business and eventually open up an additional branch in Mooloolaba.”
Going pro: Nick Carling