FORMER Leongatha woman Amanda Wilson will compete in the pinnacle event of the Ironman World Championships.
The former Mary MacKillop College student will compete in the 25-29 age category when the world’s toughest ironmen and women meet in Hawaii.
As part of the tough competition, she will swim for 3.8km, cycle 180km, and run 42.2km across a Hawaiian lava field in one day.
Wilson admits she’s often asked if this torture is her idea of fun.
“I get asked that a lot,” she laughed.
“It’s definitely an achievement.
“You dedicate so much time and effort in it so it’s an amazing feeling when you cross that line.
“On the whole I do enjoy it.”
Wilson has been competing in Ironman events ‘seriously’ for two years.
“It all started when a friend encouraged me to buy a bike,” she said.
“From there I tried some triathlons and as happens, you try to beat your times.
“I guess you could say I got a bit addicted.”
Wilson trains twice a day in the lead-up to Ironman events.
She is part of the Elite Triathlon Performance team and trains under coach Mat Tippett, a former Ironman.
It was Tippet who encouraged Wilson to enter her first Ironman competition – the Melbourne Ironman where she finished sixth in her first year in 2011 (25-29 year-old) and fourth in 2012 (25-29).
Wilson qualified for the Hawaiian Ironman World Championships with a third in Mandurah, Western Australia on Sunday, November 10.
Wilson was thrilled with her performance.
“I prepared really well and went in feeling pretty good. I did struggle a little with the run.
“It was held in 34-35 degree temperatures so it was a bit of a shock after training in Melbourne.”
Wilson is determined to be even more prepared for the Hawaiian event.
She is competing in Busselton, WA on December 8 and will participate in a range of Queensland events before the October 11, 2014 Ironman World Championships.
“I’m doing a fair bit of heat acclimatisation training at the moment,” Wilson said.
“So I’ll train on my bike in the bathroom with the heaters going after a hot shower to prepare for the heat and humidity – it’s a little crazy.”
Wilson has high aims for the championships – however, even crossing the line is an achievement in itself.
“I’d like to do well; but the challenge over there is dealing with the heat.
“The run and bike legs are basically over lava fields so it will be hot, windy and full-on.”
Wilson plans two to three weeks of training in Hawaii before the big day; then she’s set to have a restful holiday where she plans to visit her family who still live in Leongatha.
Wilson is now based in St Kilda.