BACK TO BACK: Yamba professional triathlete Lindsey Wall defended his crown at Coffs Harbour to make it back to back BCU Coffs Tri wins.
BACK TO BACK: Yamba professional triathlete Lindsey Wall defended his crown at Coffs Harbour to make it back to back BCU Coffs Tri wins. Leigh Jensen / Coffs Coast Advoc

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.

Yamba professional Lindsey Wall after winning the 2016 bcu Coffs Tri.
Yamba professional Lindsey Wall after winning the 2016 bcu Coffs Tri. Greg White

"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.

2016 bcu Coffs Tri placings Ryan Constance (third), Lindsey Wall (winner) and Daniel Stein (second).
2016 bcu Coffs Tri placings Ryan Constance (third), Lindsey Wall (winner) and Daniel Stein (second). NashysPix

"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."



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