Davie planning to deliver in second shot at triathlon
FEAR will not be a factor for Angela Davie as she aims to take another step towards potential global triathlon competition.
The Ballina Triathlon Club competitor is preparing to compete in next weekend's punishing Mooloolaba Triathlon.
A good performance at the event, which will feature top athletes from throughout Australia, could take Davie closer to a starting spot at the ITU World Championships later this year.
The 52-year-old said she was confident of a good performance in her second attempt at the race, which includes a 1500m swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run.
"Last year it was really overwhelming," she said.
"If you can imagine 3000 bikes in transition as you drive through Mooloolaba, it was an intimidating sight.
"I was horribly nervous as I had only done Ballina and local events.
"Hopefully, I can do better this year."
Davie warmed up for the Moolooaba race by winning her 50-54 years age group division at last weekend's BCU Coffs Harbour Tri event, defeating tough competitors from across the state.
Lennox Head-based Davie has made rapid progression since taking up the sport seriously about three years ago.
Last year, she represented her club at the World Championships in Auckland.
Although she is still weighing up whether to compete in this year's World Championships in London, she is still savouring the "amazing" thrill of last year's event. "It was almost surreal," she said.
"To be there with your (triathlon) gear on representing Australia was a great feeling."
Davie also has an interesting theory about her rapid rise to success.
The hard-working competitor raised four children - now aged between 18 and 27 - as a single mother and also helped run a three-acre farm before taking up the sport.
"I don't think I ever sat down over the years," she said.
"I have always had to be active and do things quickly."
"I have never been as fit as I am now and that says a lot at my age."
The Ballina club is still celebrating after a successful all-round performance at last weekend's race.
Max McGovern, Phil Cook, Keiran O'Grady, Brooke Colby, Tamara Leonard and Millie Cook were all among the leading finishers in their respective age group races in the Coffs Harbour event.
"It is a great club to be part of," Davie said.
"For me, it is about trying to better myself and see how far I can push myself."