Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Tri a Tougher Test; Noosa No Walk in the Park for Coast Triathlete

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Tri a Tougher Test; Noosa No Walk in the Park for Coast Triathlete

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AFTER recently winning the Ironman 70.3 in Putrajaya, Malaysia, the upcoming Noosa Triathlon might seem like a walk in the park for Rachael Paxton.

But the Cotton Tree triathlete is expecting the shorter distance race to be even tougher than her Malaysian victory.

Paxton finished the 1.9km swim, 90km cycle and 21km run in 4hrs 30mins and qualified for the half ironman world championships in the process.

But despite the win, the 25-year-old believes she isn't ready to race that distance on a regular basis and will shift her focus to attaining a top 10 finish on November 1 at Noosa.

"It was my first half ironman, I've never raced that distance before," Paxton said.

"I'm probably physically more suited to the longer endurance types of events but I don't really have a burning desire to do them.

"I was hoping to finish in the top five and come home with some money but to win it was great."

Paxton said she was able to complete the gruelling half ironman without hitting top gear but the Noosa Triathlon would require her to race as fast as possible for the whole event. …

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