Just when you think you're tough enough


Top 5 tips to move up to IRONMAN 70.3 racing by Australian Triathlon star Peter Kerr

Peter Kerr will debut in his home race at the Ironman 70.3 Geelong
Hometown lad Peter Kerr will debut at his first Ironman 70.3 in Geelong Australia.

A short course triathlon star to make his IRONMAN 70.3 debut in his home town of Geelong, Australia.

In 2012 Victorian triathlete Peter Kerr recorded arguably the biggest win of his career taking out the Noosa Triathlon. A short course specialist, the win was another step on Kerr’s path to fulfilling his triathlon dream of one day representing his country at the Olympics.

Late last year the 27-year-old Geelong local made the difficult decision to forgo his Olympic dream to shift his focus to IRONMAN 70.3 and IRONMAN.

“The Olympic dream is something everyone has as a kid, however realistically I am not made for the Rio course,” says Peter Kerr.

Catch Peter Kerr in action this 7th Feb as he battles for victory in the Ironman 70.3 Geelong.

Kerr’s top five tips to move up to IRONMAN 70.3 racing:

1. Don’t assume more is better:

The mileage in training for Olympic distance versus IRONMAN 70.3 isn’t just about doubling it. Recovery is still a key item, as are all the basics. Keep specific, change targets in the main sessions and a more natural increase in the weekly numbers will occur. Shooting for further distance is rarely a good goal.

2. Speed is still relevant:

Remaining fast and strong is still relevant to 70.3

3. Learn to love TT position:

You need to be on the TT bike, spend some solo time on the bars completing everything from long rides to efforts.The time spent on the bike amounts to half the race, so it’s a good idea to be comfortable with it.

4. Nutrition is much more important:

In a short course race, the main goal is hydration rather than refueling. For a 70.3 it is a good idea to speak to a person of knowledge like a sports nutritionist who can formulate a plan.

5. Be strong and healthy:

Racing over four hours will expose any weaknesses. There’s no bluffing, the time losses and effects on your body are going to be far greater. So be healthy in training, hit the gym and be refreshed and ready to go on race day.

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