His return to International Triathlon Union world cup racing still fresh in his mind and sore
In another half-Olympic distance race just six days after his debut in Mooloolaba following two years away from ITU competition, Courtney found himself a little more out of his comfort zone than he’d expected when he was confronted with the freezing waters of New Plymouth.
“It got pretty brutal in there,” Courtney says with a laugh.
“I was caught in a boxing match in the short swim and with the wetsuits and the water being cooler in New Zealand, I was on the back foot from the start. I wasn't in the leading pack so once we got out of the water I didn't get the opportunity to test my running at
There’s just no room for error in the half distance race but good for reacquainting racing skills. “
Regardless, Courtney found his stride mid-pack and says he’s stronger as a result of the roughing up and challenging conditions.
The form improved again this week for sure from last weekend - although the officials result didn't show that,
“I’m running faster, feeling stronger and feeling more comfortable with where I am at.”
With the super sprint races out of
“I’m looking forward to getting a consistent three weeks training under my belt now at home before starting my first full Olympic distance race in the ITU world cup series,” Courtney says.
“It’s been a long time coming and I’m getting pretty restless now. I can’t wait.
“I’m moving in the right direction.“