Re­freshed Poole ready to roll

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

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.’’

Matt Poole.

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