Robert Timms set to wear the green and gold at the Triathlon World Championships
I started in triathlons three years ago, competing in team events, but made the move to individual triathlon after my first season. Since then I have completed many triathlons over the sprint distance, comprising a 750 metre swim, 20 km ride and 5km run, as well as completing several longer Olympic distance races.
I achieved solid performances throughout 2014 and my coach, Teresa Theaker, of the T-Rex Triathlon Club, suggested that I consider attempting to qualify for the 2015 Age Group World Championships to be held in Chicago this year as part of the 2015 ITU World Triathln Grand Final and World Championships. The World Championships are held in a different country every year and are the culmination of the international triathlon season. The Championships include elite triathletes, as well as the top 20 athletes in their age group from each country across the different events. I competed in Canberra, Hobart and Brisbane and qualified first in my age group for the sprint distance. I have also qualified for the aquathlon event, consisting of a 1km swim followed by a 5km run.
After completing the summer triathlon season on 12 April with the Gold Coast ‘Luke Harrop Memorial Triathlon’, training has eased off for a few weeks. I will then spend four months training hard in preparation for the World Championships, which will be held from 15 -19 September. I will be competing in the aquathlon on the 15th and the triathlon on the 17th.
My training regime usually consists of a one hour swim session Monday nights; a long ride (50 to 65 km) on Tuesday mornings during holidays; bike to run speed work on Wednesdays mornings; an hour and a half swim session Wednesday nights; a 50 minute tempo run or track intervals on Thursday; and a long ride 60 to 85 km on Saturdays.
The support from my family, the staff and my students has been wonderful and very motivating. It will be extra special because my son, Paul, a former A.B. Paterson College student, has also qualified for Chicago.