Murray chasing Ironman dream
IT’S a case of so near yet so far for Gladstone ironman Scott Murray, 226km to be precise.
With the help of new sponsor Walz Construction, the Harbour City triathlete will travel to the Orient for Ironman Korea next month in an attempt to qualify for the October world championships in Hawaii.
Having missed out on qualification by just one placing in New Zealand this March, the East Coast Cycos athlete has been hard at work on his mental strength leading into the make or break race.
“Physically when you line up anyone in the top 20 can win on the day so it’s just a matter of who brings their mental game,” he said.
“That’s something I’ve let myself down with over the last couple of races; as you fatigue and you get to that 8-9 hour mark the brain just says it doesn’t want to keep running anymore.”
“Your brain says just stop and walk, you’re carrying bricks, you’ve got daggers stabbing you in the quads and it’s hard to keep going but it’s just a matter of telling yourself it will all be over soon.”
Murray will face stiff competition after the World Triathlon Corporation offered free entry to the nominees for the recently cancelled of Ironman China, including athletes capable of 9 hour 20 minute finishes.
“I’ve just got to be willing to go the extra mile to get the job done over there,” he said.
“Now I know I’m up there with the top guys; it’s just a matter of making sure I make the right choices over that last hour and a half.”
With the aid of Brisbane coach Alan Pittman, who raced Hawaii 17 times, Murray is confident his world championships pipedream is finally within reach.
“It’s just a matter of time,” he said.
“Now to come so close... it’s been three years of super long days training so to finally reach it I just can’t wait.”