Carling beats PB
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.”
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