Car­ling beats PB

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

Car­ling has signed up with coach Dr Trevor Chet­cuti who writes his pro­grams to help reach his Hawaii Iron­man goal. “Un­til then, I will be de­vel­op­ing my fit­ness and still rac­ing iron­man and half iron­man dis­tances,” Car­ling said.

“The first race is a team event for Chal­lenge Cairns, I’m do­ing the swim leg for that and then I’ve got the Gold Coast marathon and the jun­gle ride 180km up to Cape Tribu­la­tion and back. “The so­lar eclipse marathon is the next big race in Novem­ber and I’m fin­ish­ing off the sea­son with the iron­man 70.3 in Phuket, which is a half-iron­man. “Af­ter the year is done I will start my new cy­cle and set new goals from there.” Af­ter his last event in Melbourne, Car­ling was sup­posed to have a break from train­ing but in­stead ended up hav­ing one week off be­fore get­ting straight into the pool.

“It re­ally does all come down to the train­ing, my coach has got me train­ing six days a week, on the bike for four days, run­ning one day and swim­ming one day a week over a course for six months,” Car­ling said.

“It’s like a cy­clone lead­ing up to a race, it’s crazy, I peak around 18-20 hours train­ing a week then bring it back down so I’m fresh for race days.

“This train­ing does work and on race day you have to fol­low the coach’s plan and make sure you’re not push­ing your­self too hard or you will die at the end - and also hav­ing the right nu­tri­tion (is cru­cial).”

Car­ling said Iron­man Cairns - for­merly known as Chal­lenge Cairns - played a big role in his decision to pur­sue a ca­reer as an iron­man.

“One thing led to an­other and Chal­lenge Cairns opened up and I signed up to it even though I wasn’t sure I was able to fin­ish it,” he said.

“I man­aged to hook up with my coach, he put a pro­gram to­gether for me and I went along and did it and ab­so­lutely loved it, this sort of train­ing and fit­ness is a step up.

“Come six to eight years’ time and our goal is win­ning the world Hawaii cham­pi­onship.

“In the next five years I want to be able to go to the Olympics for swim­ming or run­ning and want to get my fit­ness so bloody good I can re­ally take it to the world in 2018- 2020.”

Car­ling is putting to­gether a squad to help train for the so­lar eclipse marathon this month and if you in­ter­ested or for more in­for­ma­tion email info@act­in­fit­

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