Schofield aims for Hawaii
STEVEN Schofield wants to race in Hawaii in October.
The 36-year-old needs to conquer China first and that’s what he’s planning to do this Sunday.
Schofield leaves Hervey Bay today to give Asia’s ultimate endurance experience his best shot, the Ironman China.
But it’s not only finishing the gruelling 3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42km run on Hainan Island that Schofield is gunning for.
Fifty berths for the Ironman Triathlon World Championships in Hawaii are up for grabs – Schofield, a member of the Hervey Bay Triathlon Club, wants one of them.
He knows it won’t be easy though.
He’s contested six Ironman races in his career, finishing 19th in his age group in New Zealand a couple of years ago is his best result to date.
To get on the plane for Hawaii, Schofield, who said he’d been training for this race for four months, reckons he needs to finish in the top six.
There will be 40 or so athletes in Schofield’s age group.
Schofield said he was looking forward to the challenge that’s in front of him.
“Doing an Ironman is one of the two highlights of my year (his wedding anniversary is the other),” Schofield said.
“I only get the chance to do one of them (an Ironman) a year because that’s all my body allows so I want to make the most of that opportunity,” he laughed.
“Saying that, this race has that added incentive of going to Hawaii with it – taking part in a world championship is a dream for me and hopefully it will become a reality if I perform as well as I know I can.”
Conditions will be hot and humid for the race but Schofield reckons that could go in his favour.
“I watched the race last year and plenty of them (competitors) got hit hard by that,” Schofield, an ICU nurse, said.
“I do well in those conditions so that is something I have going for me.
“We will just have to wait and see what happens I guess but you can be sure of one thing – I won’t stop trying until I cross that finishing line.”