Refreshed Poole ready to roll
FORMER champion Matt Poole hopes a brief sojourn behind the scenes as a race director will help him reclaim centre stage in this year’s Nutri- Grain Ironman series.
Poole, preparing for today’s second round of the series at Coolum, and housemate Matt Bevilacqua were the brains and brawn behind the inaugural world Ironman series event in Bali earlier this year.
The 2016- 17 Nutri- Grain champion said the experience helped with life skills he had been able to apply to his training and racing while reminding him how much he still loved the competition side of the sport.
“It taught me a lot about pa- tience and resilience and being able to adapt quickly, think on your feet, all things that are important when you are in a sport involving mother nature,’’ said Poole, who also raced the event.
“Last season was 10 years chasing a dream with lots of highs and lows and I realise now it took a real mental toll on me,’’ he said.
“I was just exhausted. Last year I wasn’t doing all the work I should have been doing and I didn’t get the results. I just turned up on race day and couldn’t get motivated.
“I realised later how much I missed winning. It really peed me off and gave me a fire for this year.’’