Linde bidding for Tri glory
HAVING conquered the cold and wind at her second world championships, triathlete Hannah Linde is hoping for more welcoming conditions in the 2012/13 Queensland Triathlon series.
She has made an encouraging start in her bid to go one better in the new series after finishing second overall in her 2011/12 series age group.
Linde is preparing for the next race at Robina on November 18 after coming third in the new state series opener at Raby Bay.
"This year I'm trying to win it (the state series)," Linde, 26, said, having also won or placed second in her age group events at Rainbow Beach and Wivenhoe in recent weeks.
"Every race I've done this season so far, I've got faster.
"I don't think I've hit my peak just yet."
The Brassall-based achiever is focusing on the six-race Queensland series after recently representing Australia in the "sprint" triathlon events at the world championships in New Zealand.
Linde finished 26th out of 69 competitors in her 25-29 years age group, while having to deal with chilly and windy race-day conditions.
"I was happy with my time in a very competitive field," she said, having successfully tackled the 750m swim, 20km ride and 5km run.
"The water was 14 degrees, there were very strong winds on the bike . . . very different to what I'm used to over here. But the race went well.
"I had a strong finish. I did a PB on my run leg so I was pretty happy with that."
The Ipswich-born and bred competitor is hoping to be selected for the 2013 world titles in the UK.
"This year I'll concentrate on the Queensland series and apply to go to London," she said. "Hopefully my results are good enough."
Since starting the sport in year 11 at Ipswich Girls' Grammar School, the multi-talented Ipswich sportswoman has continued a steady rise to international level.
Standing 156cm and weighing 50kg, she's excelled in her age group.
Back in heavy training after the world championships, the PS business support officer is also busy working and studying.
She is preparing for exams in her Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Education and Bachelor of Business course through University of Southern Queensland.