IRONWOMAN Courtney Hancock has hit the gym and weights in a bid to reshape herself into one of the toughest athletes on the start line this season.
The former winner of the professional ironwoman series has spent her off season searching for power and speed and believes she has found both out of the surf.
“I’d like to think I look different this year,” said Hancock of her new training regime formulated to suit the new shorter racing planned for this season’s series which kicks off in Perth on December 23.
“I feel a lot stronger and I’m carrying more muscle.
“I don’t weigh myself that often but when I do I notice the difference.
“I’m hoping it will help me power through the surf this season. You can’t be soft out there. You have to make sure you don’t get pushed around out there.”
Hancock believes she has learned from her loss of the title last season and has adapted her off-season training accordingly.
“I rest up a lot more now,” said Hanock, who still trains three times a day, five times a week and races every Saturday ahead of the six-leg series which runs in conjunction with the Nutri-Grain ironman series.
“It’s one thing I learned I really needed to do … . hold something back from training for the racing.”
Hancock and the likes of new Coolangatta Gold champion Brodie Moir and Olympic kayaker Naomi Flood are among the favorites to dominate the 2012/2013 series.
But missing from the field will be former world and Australian ironwoman champion Krystal Smith, who is taking a break from the event after 14 consecutive years of competition and defending series champion Liz Pluimers, who has gone overseas for the summer.
With defending men’s champion Caine Eckstein now pursuing a career in ironman triathlon, his brother Shannon and Ali Day are among the favourites to dominate the Nutri-Grain ironman series.
Shannon is a multiple Nutri-Grain ironman winner with Day recently winning his first Coolangatta Gold title.
Source: Daily Telegraph