Coast ironwoman, 17, starts to find her feet
"LIKE a scared little kitten" before her debut, Alexandra Head-land teenager Alyssa Bull is beginning to find her feet in the Telstra Ironwoman Series, coach Shane Dalziel says.
Bull, 17, faces the biggest test of her nerves when she competes at Portsea this Sunday in round three of the series.
The Victorian beach is renowned for its big waves and has the potential to eat up young competitors.
Two years ago Amy Nurthen was a nervous wreck on the start line but went on to win, but in the same round rookie Jordan Mercer failed to make it out past the breakers and had to pull out of the first race.
Waves of about 1.5m are forecast for Sunday and the task in front of Bull and her fellow youngsters is to hold their nerve.
Dalziel said: "We're very happy with how she's gone so far this year.
"She's a little fish in a big pond and she's improving. She was like a scared little kitten before the first race, but she showed signs in round two that she's getting better.
"Once we get over this hurdle, we're really looking forward to the last three rounds.
"They don't really know what to expect - it can throw anything at you."
In the lead-up to this weekend, Dalziel purposely sent Bull back to age competition at the National Interstate Championships in Sydney.
She blitzed the field, taking out the under-17 ironwoman, ski and board.
Nutri-Grain Ironman and Telstra Ironwoman Series
What: Round three
Where: Portsea, Victoria
When: Sunday, January 27
TV: Channel 10, 2pm