RUNNING HARD: Whitsunday triathlete James Carmen competed in the Iron Man Challenge in Western Australia on the weekend. Photo Courtney Garnham / Whitsunday Times
RUNNING HARD: Whitsunday triathlete James Carmen competed in the Iron Man Challenge in Western Australia on the weekend. Photo Courtney Garnham / Whitsunday Times

Carmans compete in WA triathlon

TRIATHLON

WHITSUNDAY triathlete James Carman and his son Harrison have returned to the Whitsundays after competing in the Western Australian Iron Man and Iron Kids triathlons at Busselton in Western Australia two weeks ago.

The hot and windy conditions proved a challenge for the two, with James describing the event as physically and mentally challenging.

"I came about 50th in my category which wasn't too bad considering it was a tough race," he said.

"Harrison did fairly well too considering his triathlon was a participation based event."

James stepped up his training for the event by increasing his training for the 12 weeks in the lead up, to ensure he was training at a high level.

"I've been doing a lot of long rides and runs as well as brick sessions," he said.

"But nothing can prepare you for the weather, it all comes down to the conditions on the day."

James competed against about 1500 like-minded competitors at the Iron Man event, with this year his second time competing at the WA event.

A bike crash last year meant he was unable to finish the race.

"I went back this year because I had unfinished business," he said.

"I didn't do as well as I had wanted to, so I went back to see how I would go."

As for next year, James said he wanted to try his luck at some different iron man events across the country.

"There are plenty more iron man competitions, so I'm looking forward to travelling domestically and internationally to check them out," he said.

When asked if Harrison wanted to follow in his father's footsteps, James said it was a possibility.

"We'll see."

For now the father and son duo are resting their bodies and taking some time off at Christmas, with James expecting to start training early in the New Year.


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