EARLY morning training sessions have paid off for Camperdown triathlete Kurt McDonald.
Kurt, 14, tackled round one of the Scody Australian Junior Triathlon Series in Queensland on the weekend, finishing fourth in the youth boys’ section.
It was a super sprint race weekend, which worked as an accumulative points system.
Kurt, who trains up to 20 hours a week and travels to Warrnambool four times a week for swimming training, said he was thrilled with his result.
“I was really pleased. I didn’t know what to expect going up there,” he said.
“It was a lot faster and technical in transition. You can’t afford to make mistakes.”
Kurt said Saturday consisted of an 800-metre run, three short swims and a bike race, while he completed two triathlons on Sunday.
The first was a 200m swim, four-kilometre ride and 1.2km run and the final was a 300m swim, 6km ride and 1.6km run.
Kurt said the competition taught him the importance of doing up his helmet and a clean bike dismount.
“Little things like that are costly at those events,” he said.
The Cobden Technical School student said he was enjoying the physically-demanding sport, despite a heavy workload.
“I am swimming with Jayson Lamb at Warrnambool and Jarrod Evans is still my coach for the bike and run,” he said.
“I have been doing over 20 hours a week, about 12 sessions a week.
“It’s pretty full on and takes up my time.
“I go to Warrnambool four times a week and I’m up at 4.30am each morning and train every night as well.”
Kurt said he allowed himself sleep-ins on the weekends.
He will compete in the Australian Junior Triathlon Series’ second round in Penrith on January 12.
“I am going to Twin Waters in Queensland to compete at the Australian youth championships in March,” he said.
“At the youth championships I will be bottom-age and have to race older kids, so it will be harder.”
The youth championships will consist of a 400m swim, 16km ride and 9km run.