Groch battles wild weather for top time

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph

Nathan Groch has yet again done the Pilbara proud finishing second in his category at the 2017 Challenge Melbourne Asia Pacific Championship earlier this month.

Taking another huge step forward in his triathlon career, Mr Groch finished second in the 30-34 age group and in 18th place overall.

Held in Melbourne on the St Kilda foreshore, Groch endured the 1.9km swim, 90km ride and 21.1km run in 8C temperatures while being battered by wind, rain and occasional lightning.

Despite the wild weather, Groch improved on his previous time by 15 minutes and said it was a huge step forward in terms of his triathlon career and training.

“It was the hardest I’ve ever gone in terms of power and heart rate and I was able to run my fastest half marathon, running as fast as some of the professionals out there,” he said.

“My confidence after that race is at its highest now, I think.”

Despite the weather and whispers of a potential cancellation because of the lightning, all the competitors had a stream of support with “tonnes” of locals on the huge course cheering them on as they slogged the race out.

Using the race as part of his Ironman Port Macquarie prep, things are looking positive for the budding triathlete with his coaching team supporting him every step of the way.

The Port Macquarie will be held in May and until then, Groch said he would be finishing off his training while helping out during the Hedland Tri Sport season, which begins in the next few weeks.

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