Dedication and a strict training regime are two things Mandurah father Josh Jones said are necessary for those entering the ultimate mind and body test, IRONMAN 70.3 Mandurah.
The October 20 triathlon event involves a 1.9km swim on the Western Foreshore a 90km cycle from Hall Park and a 21.1km run course.
The 41-year-old said he dedicated 15 hours a week to cycling, running and swimming sessions.
‘‘For an event that is coming up the size of the one in Mandurah we start training 16 weeks from the day of the event,’’ he said.
Mr Jones said a strict diet went hand-in-hand with training.
‘‘It’s pretty much six small meals a day and eating every three hours,’’ he said.
‘‘Lean meats and fish are key and then eating as many vegetables as you can.’’
Mr Jones said he had always had a strong interest in sport but it was not until four years ago he decided to give triathlons a go.
He said part of his decision was made by the desire for a healthy lifestyle and to be a role model to his daughter.
‘‘It was an investment in my future,’’ he said.
‘‘I looked at it for probably 12 months and then started getting involved in events like City to Surf, ’’ he said
Mr Jones said he joined the Mandurah Triathlon Club and was now in his third season.
He said he attended various sporting events throughout the year including Ironman Busselton.
‘‘I did Ironman Busselton in a little bit over five hours and I was pretty happy with that,’’ he said.
‘‘I hope to finish in four hours and 55 minutes in Mandurah.’’
Mr Jones said when he crossed the finish line of a triathlon he felt ‘‘elation’’.
‘‘Anyone who completes a triathlon is a winner,’’ he said ‘‘Whether you do it in four hours or 14 hours, the fact that you have gone and put yourself out there in front of hundreds of spectators and other competitors really giving it your all, makes you a winner,’’ he said.