Chris Ihle contests the cycling leg of the Piabla duathlon.
Chris Ihle contests the cycling leg of the Piabla duathlon. Robyne Cuerel

Scott looks good for Ironman

SCOTT Farrell believes he is capable of a podium finish in his first assault on the Yeppoon half ironman next month.

The 31-year-old is riding high after cruising to victory in one of his major lead-up events in Pialba yesterday.

The opening race of Hervey Bay Triathlon Club's 2012-2013 season - a 4km run, 20km cycle ride and 2km run duathlon - proved challenging for competitors who were confronted by a strong headwind during the cycle leg.

It didn't seem to slow down Farrell though.

He powered to victory in 54min 32sec to finish almost five minutes ahead of Andrew Dower and Lars Olsen.

"Considering the weather today and the wind, 54 minutes is a pretty good time," Farrell said.

"The bike ride was really tough.

"I was sitting on 50-plus kilometres an hour on the way out to Point Vernon but on the way back the wind hits you in the face and slowed me right down to just over 30 kilometres an hour."

While Farrell was rarely challenged in yesterday's duathlon, he knows there is a far bigger test to come.

Farrell will step up for the Ironman 70.3 Yeppoon - a half ironman which consists of a 1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21.1km run.

After yesterday's performance, Farrell was confident of a good result at the August 14 event.

"Today was a good guide on my speed," he said.

"Based on today, the rest of my season looks pretty good.

"I'd like to get a place in my age group up there (Yeppoon).

"In those bigger events I usually manage to get a podium in my age group so if I can get a podium in my first attempt, I would be pretty happy."



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