IRONMAN SERIES HITS COOLUM BEACH
Rogers hungry for top tilt at elite race
Noosa Head’s Lana Rogers says she is fighting fit for a stronger performance in the second round of the ironwoman series as it descends on Coolum.
The 22-year-old admitted she struggled in the opening round of the Ocean6 Series last month after backing up from a podium finish at the Coolangatta Gold the week before.
However, she’s since devoted all her energy into today’s Nutri-Grain finals and was ready to strike in round two.
“I’m feeling a lot better mentally and physically,” Rogers said.
“I’ve got a few sprint sessions in for irons as well as keeping up my running and my gym so I’m feeling and looking a lot better going into round two and it’s awesome to have it locally. I’m really looking forward to this round, I’ve done a lot of prep for this one.”
Blustery conditions and solid swells graced the beach yesterday, but Rogers wasn’t fazed and said she was prepared for anything.
“I’ve been training down here for the last couple of weeks now with the Noosa crew so we’re used to this wind and the swell picking up and flattening down a bit,” she said.
“We’re used to it and looking forward to racing.
“I see a few rips out there but it’s nothing we can’t handle and it’s not as big as I expected.”
Rogers, who is the reigning Australian ironwoman champion, placed 13th in the opening round of the professional Nutri-Grain series at Queenscliff with clubmate Jordan Mercer coming in ninth.
She listed Northcliffe’s Maddy Dunn and Georgia Miller, who placed first and second at that event, as ones to watch today.
Dunn, a former Kawana nipper and Mooloolaba talent, was still on a high from her victory at Queenscliff.
“I’m feeling really strong and just really happy with how my training and racing is going and I just want to stay focussed and work towards a good result for every round,” Dunn said.
While Rogers gains automatic entry for the final of the race today, others had to battle it out in the qualifiers yesterday afternoon.
Jordan Mercer, Tiarrn Raymond and Electra Outram were Coast athletes to make the cut for the Coolum decider.