Reigning Coolangatta Gold champion Courtney Hancock believes time at home on the Coffs Coast has her in the best possible shape ahead of the upcoming ironwoman season.
With a little over two weeks to go until the 2012 Coolangatta Gold, Hancock’s title defence preparations are well under way.
The 24-year-old last week returned to her home break at Sawtell for some brief respite before the season’s toughest race.
“The Coolangatta Gold is one of those races which leaves you wanting more.” Hancock said.
“It really is the toughest, most gruelling races in the sport.
“Your mind plays tricks on you over the final 8km run leg.
“To be one of only three girls to win the race is an achievement I am very proud of.”
Despite being one of the favourites going into the race, Hancock is not writing off her opponents.
“Every year the competition gets stronger and faster, so you have to be at your best at all times,” she said.
There is a strong group of younger competitors coming through at the moment and they will be out to prove a point.
“My sister Bonnie came along way last ironwoman season, so she will be another one to watch out for at the Gold,” Hancock said.
Returning to training with club Northcliffe on Monday, Hancock has made a number of changes this season to help her reach the pinnacle once again.
“Last season I was very flat towards the end of the season,” she said.
“I have put more of a focus on my recovery after races and hopefully that will be the secret to keeping me in good shape.
“My goal this season is to stay strong all summer and if that happens, everything else should just fall in to place.”
Source: Coffs Coast Advocate