Trying time as London looms for triathlete
SPRINGFIELD Lakes-based triathlete Liam Bromilow is a busy man.
He juggles a full-time job, part-time position and about 20 hours of training a week.
The reason is he is preparing to represent Australia at the 2013 Triathlon World Championships in September.
Bromilow is the Queensland Times-City of Ipswich senior sports star for May, in the prestigious awards backed by Ipswich City Council.
The 27-year-old primary school teacher is in the midst of a 10-week training block.
That means a weekly regime of 12-15km in the pool, 200km on the bike and 20-30km running.
Bromilow earned his ticket to London by finishing eighth in his age group (25-29) at the National Triathlon Series last summer, which included races in Canberra, Hobart and Brisbane.
Bromilow has been competing in triathlon for six years. He came third at the Queensland titles two years ago.
London was his ultimate goal and he was delighted to achieve it.
But as it is the off-season, he and most of his Australian teammates will have to prepare through training, rather than the actual racing the northern hemisphere competitors are involved in at the moment.
"I've done a good block of training," he said. "Hopefully in the next 10 weeks I can keep going and take advantage.
"All our selection races are from December to March while Northern Hemisphere are having theirs now.
"But we've had plenty of time to prepare for it and get in a proper training block while they haven't."
Originally a cyclist, Bromilow has had to work hard on his other disciplines, swimming especially, to reach this point in his career.
"I was never a swimmer," he said. "I'm a bit of a rock in the pool.
"So that's where I spend most of my time during the week."
Bromilow trains and leads a training group at the Goodna Aquatic Centre.
His aim in London is to finish in the top 10 for his age group.
Whatever the result, getting to the world championships has enabled Bromilow to tick one goal off his "bucket list".
When he returns he will set himself a new goal of competing in ultra triathlons, with the ultimate aim earning himself a spot in the field at Hawaii's famous Kona ultra-triathlon.