JOSH Patricks had never done a triathlon until last month and is planning on tackling the full Olympic distance bcu Coffs Tri in March.
The 30-year-old bought his first road bike on Gumtree a few weeks ago and is determined to finish the 1.5km ocean swim, 40km cycle and 10km run in less than four hours.
Patricks finished his first triathlon at the local Coffs Tri Club event in December and finished the enticer distance in just over 48 minutes.
With a few more weeks training under his belt he stepped up to the longer sprint distance (750m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run) at the weekend and was thrilled to finish in under 90 minutes.
When questioned what inspired him to enter the bcu Coffs Tri, Patricks said: "I had never even contemplated a triathlon before now as I felt it was beyond my fitness level. I have signed up for the event as I want to challenge myself physically and mentally like never before.”
His goal for the bcu Tri is to finish in less than four hours, make his family proud and inspire them to always challenge themselves.
While he feels comfortable on land, ocean swimming is completely out of his comfort zone.
Born and bred in the New England region, Patricks had never attempted an ocean swim until his training started for the bcu triathlon. He has taken it in his stride and noticed improvements in his technique in the open water.
He fits in most of his training early morning around his family and work commitments.
Patricks plans to increase each discipline to twice a week and add in some brick sessions (ride/run) to help prepare his body for the transition from riding to running. He will continue doing the local Tri Club events in the lead up to race day and has entered the Trial Bay triathlon in February.
He's become hooked to the sport and even created Instagram account @rookietriguy, taking regular candid shots to mark updates about his training, doubts and goals.