Wonthaggi’s Phil Hanley powers through a strong head wind during the 180 kilometre bike leg of the World Ironman Championship.
WONTHAGGI’S Phil Hanley competed in his second World Ironman Championship in Hawaii recently.
The Ironman event included a 3.8km swim in the bay of Kona, a 180km bike leg through lava fields along the coast and finished with a 42km marathon run.
The 61 year old fitness fanatic finished the triathlon in 11 hours and 36 seconds, placing sixth in the male aged 60-64 category, and 1185th overall out of 2300 competitors.
His run time was third quickest, his bike time was sixth quickest and he was the fourth quickest in the swim leg.
Phil said he was happy with the result.
“I was grimacing into a hot head wind for 70km in the bike leg,” he said.
“I was actually gripping too hard but the wind was buffeting and I bruised my hands from gripping for six hours.
“By the time I got to near the halfway mark I was cramping on the bike so I had to tough it out and spin and get electrolytes into me.”
Phil secured his spot at the World Ironman Championship by placing first in the 70.3 Asia Pacific Championships at Auckland and confirmed the entry with a first place at the Ironman Melbourne at Frankston in March this year.
The Alex Scott Real Estate agent competes in sprint and Olympic triathlon events as well as the half ironman and ironman events.
He enjoys keeping fit and competing in the various events.
“At my age it’s about feeling well in yourself to get through the normal day to day routine,” he said.
“Being able to hang with the local cycling group in the cycling is a challenge.
“We ride Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday mornings, so it’s a matter of consistency.”
Phil said you have to be driven to get through the tough stages of a triathlon.
“You’ve got to have willpower and you just want to make sure all the training that you’ve done is put to the full benefit,” he said.
“Basically, you’ve got to tick all the boxes.
“Making sure you’ve got the right nutrition, you’re going at the right heart rate and try to pace yourself.
“Not just going flat out in the swim, bike or run and actually being consistent overall.”
And as for the reason why he pushes his body to the limit in training and events, he puts it down to the comradeship with his fellow participants.
“The Bass Coast Barracudas Club, the Inverloch Coastal Cruisers who I ride with on the weekends, and the Leongatha Cycling Club who I race with in winter, as well as the guys you meet at the events, is what I love,” he said.
Rick Whitehouse, Gavin Slavin and Brett Franklin from the Bass Coast Barracudas will compete in the Busselton Ironman on Sunday, December 7.
If anyone is interested in joining the Bass Coast Barracudas Triathlon Club, call Phil at Alex Scott Wonthaggi on 5672 1911.