Nick aims for pro Iron­man

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - DONNA-MARIE MILNE

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

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