Wet and windy conditions didn't have Wall wailing
THE only way is up for Lindsey Wall.
The 24-year-old is climbing the ladder in the world of long-distance triathlon.
The elite Yamba triathlete produced his best result on Saturday - third in the Forster Challenge Half Ironman.
The Daily Examiner caught up with Wall after a recovery bike session in Yamba this week.
"Today was just an easy, recovery ride," Wall said.
"A normal day consists of four to six hours, starting with a morning swim, three to four hours on the bike mid-day and either a track session or tempo run in the afternoon."
Wall tackled wet and windy conditions in the Great Lakes district to record his fastest time in a half-ironman - three hours, 53 minutes and nine seconds.
Raised in Yamba, he only recently returned from Canberra where he studied primary school teaching.
He said the harsh environment of the nation's capital stood him in good stead on the weekend.
"I used to train in freezing cold weather in Canberra, so I actually prefer colder weather when I'm racing,'' he said.
"But it's good to be in Yamba getting used to hot, humid conditions. Most of my races are in hotter conditions."
Wall and his partner Jess agreed they missed Yamba and Wall has since found a work-life balance, relief teaching at various schools in the area.
"I have such fond memories of Yamba as a kid," Wall said. "I've been missing the beach for so many years. The lifestyle suits me better here and the surf club has always been a big thing for me."
Wall will, however, return to the ACT in a couple of weeks for the Canberra 70.3 Half-Ironman.
Then he plans to train hard over Christmas in readiness for racing picking up again in February.
There's an extra spring in his step at present, encouraged by his recent results, including 10th at the Port Macquarie Half-Ironman.
"Forster was one of those races when I was ahead of guys who are usually ahead of me," he said. "It's really confidence-boosting. Long distance triathlon guys are peaking quite late - definitely into their 30s - so I'm quite early in my career and still improving."
Used to morning starts, Wall had to adjust his nutritional program for an afternoon start and was in the lead bunch which emerged from the 1.9km swim.
A few frontrunners were reeled in on the bike and by the time Wall hit the ground running, only Tim Reed was further down the road.
"I got off the bike feeling quite good, especially as the run is my strength," the reigning Jacaranda Fun Run 10km champion said.
"I was second at one stage. David Mainwaring did run me down, but even at the finish I was feeling quite good. Anything under four hours is competitive at elite level."