THE baptism of fire is over for Courtney Hancock with the first two rounds of the Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Iron Man series series completed.
The Sawtell ironwoman hit the cold water at Newcastle on the weekend and finished 14th behind Kristy Harris on Saturday and 15th behind Kristy Munroe the following day.
"I felt a bit nervous at the start because there's so much happening," Hancock said.
"There's the crowd noise, helicopters overhead and cameras all around you ? it can be a little unnerving.
"To be honest I felt much more at ease on Sunday."
While her individual results will improve, Hancock's team effort with the Telstra Southern Blue Fins was close to perfect.
The Fins sit in second position on eight points behind Barter Card Sunfish (10.5).
"The older competitors look after you, but once the race starts it's all business," she said.
With rounds three and four in Coolum not until February 17-18, Hancock will continue working as a lifeguard at Sawtell Beach with one detour for promotional work.
"They're shooting profiles on all the competitors for a television promotion and I'll be part of that," Hancock said.