Wall to take on new challenge
TRIATHLON: Despite last week enjoying his first break from competition since January, Yamba triathlete Lindsey Wall has thrown himself straight back into the deep end with a major competitive career change on the horizon.
Wall finished off one of his best competitive seasons with a hattrick of consecutive feature event wins including a successful title defence in the BCU Coffs Tri.
"I was pretty happy with how the Coffs Tri went," Wall said. "Everything just went to plan on the day and I had a great run.
"After having the three in a row I took last week as just a recovery week but at the start of last week I was looking through the calendar, and I realised it's the end of the season and races are disappearing a bit.
"So I spoke with my coach and we have made the decision to tackle my first ever full ironman triathlon event."
The move is a major competitive career change for the Yamba primary school teacher with both sports requiring a different level physical and mental capacity.
And with only seven weeks before he attempts his first event at the Ironman Australia event in Port Macquarie he will have a physical few weeks ahead.
"The event is just over seven weeks away so I am being realistic," Wall said. "I am not going into it with any expectations of finishing with a place, it is purely for the experience.
"Mentally an ironman is very different, as well as the training and the physical side of things. Over the next six weeks it will be a lot more volume and slightly less intensity.
"Simply, the time we have is not enough time to properly prepare for this but my goal is to finish it."