Smith wins silver in GC triathlon
BALLINA triathlete Mick Smith achieved a career highlight with a second place finish in the Half Ironman Gold Coast triathlon.
The 43-year-old came second in the 90kg plus division – an impressive performance considering the weight division allows athletes of all ages, many of whom were much younger than Smith.
The triathlon consisted of a 2km swim, 90km cycle and 21km run and was hampered by atrocious weather conditions.
“I’m stoked with the result; it’s the first time in 20 years of competition that I’ve made it on to the podium,” Smith said.
“It was a bit slippery on the bike in the rain and wind but I adapted to the conditions well and it seemed to suit me.”
Smith had spent months training for the event and credits his success to a vigorous and committed training regime.
“I trained six days a week in the month leading up to the event,” he said.
“In that month I did 700km in total on the bike and ran a bit over 160km, building up the intensity as the event got closer.”
Smith continues to train and hopes to compete in the Half Ironman summer series triathlons that have started on the Gold Coast.
Several other Ballina Triathlon Club competitors also fared well with Shane Flannery, Greg Meharg, Anthony Camilleri, Luisa Camilleri and Andrew Harris all registering impressive times.
The club will start its social swim/run season tonight at Pop Denison Park at Shaws Bay from 5.30pm.
Everyone is welcome.