Athletes off to Ironman
TWO athletes, from Leongatha and Inverloch, are off to Hawaii to compete in the Ironman World Championships in October.
Amanda Wilson, formerly of Leongatha, and Gavin Slavin of Inverloch, qualified for the most gruelling event earlier this year.
Slavin won his spot as a loyalty supporter, his name drawn at a special 30th anniversary celebration. He is one of 10 to win a slot.
While Slavin didn’t qualify directly, he is no stranger to the Hawaii Ironman and will compete in the full course – 3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42.2km run.
Slavin was selected after his 18th Ironman Race in Port Macquarie; he will compete in Ironman Roth, Germany in July as a lead up to his 20th race in Hawaii in the 45 to 49 age group.
Slavin has competed in the World Championships in 1999, and 2002.
This year will be the most difficult with his training severely restricted.
“Unfortunately my training will not provide the best preparation as I work offshore and only train on a running machine and spin bike,” he said.
Slavin is keeping his aims achievable: “to be part of the fantastic event and finish. I am hoping to complete it within 11 and a half hours.”
Amanda Wilson is hopeful of completing the Hawaii Ironman in under 10 hours in her age category 30–34.
That would be 30 minutes faster than her time recorded in 2014 – 10:34:33.
Wilson qualified for the World Championships at the Ironman Asia-Pacific Championships in Melbourne on March 22.
She completed the swim in 58:18, bike 5:06:39 and run 3:41:09 for a total course time of 9:50:27.
Wilson said it was with mixed emotions she learnt she had qualified.
“My season was set up with the goal race being Melbourne Ironman and the outcome being to qualify for Hawaii at this race.
“I had a few lead up races to prep me well for this race.
“I competed in the Ironman 70.3 Geelong, Gatorade Olympic distance and Southwest Sufferfest long course in Warrnambool as my three key lead-in races.
“I had a very successful season and lead up to Melbourne Ironman. I managed to win all three of the above events which put me in a good place mentally and physically for my A race [Melbourne Ironman].
“It was a tough day for me at Melbourne ironman, so when I finished I had mixed emotions.
“I wasn’t sure I wanted to go through the pain again [of Hawaii].
“However, now I’ve had time to recover and reflect, I am excited to go back to Hawaii and take on the challenge and see what I can do.
“I have high expectations for myself which will help me get through these tough months of training and ready to have an awesome race in Hawaii.”
Wilson took a short break after the Melbourne Ironman, but is now back to her training schedule.
That includes 25 to 30 hours training per week, while working full time in real estate.
“It’s extremely difficult to put a time out there as you never know what the conditions are going to be like in Kona [Hawaii].
“Obviously I would like to beat my time from last year. To go under 10 hours would be awesome.”
Wilson will be supported in Hawaii by her Leongatha-based family; and they’ll be cheering on Wilson during the race on October 10 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
If you would like to follow Wilson’s progress you can like her page on Facebook.