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    2018 - 07.28

    CLONCURRY’S latest sporting achievement has come in the shape of local police officer Kit Rix’s completion of the IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship held in Melbourne.
    Nanjing Night Net

    Cloncurry police officer Kit Rix did the Curry Cats proud with a sub-10 hour performance at the IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship held in Melbourne.

    Last Sunday, the 37-year-old produced a career personal best time of 09:57:04 in his fourth Ironman race ever.

    The Curry Cats Cycling and Triathlon Club member triumphed over the series of long-distance triathlon races consisting of a monster 2.4-mile (3.86km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2-mile (42.2km) run, all raced in that order and without a break.

    Rix, who first participated in the Ironman in 2011, described his race as a big success achieving his goal time of sub-10 hours.

    “It’s been something I’ve been working towards,” Rix said.

    “My watch stopped working so I wasn’t sure at the finish line if I made it. Someone told me my time and I thought to myself ‘I can retire now’.”

    Understandably still “a bit sore” from the race, Rix labelled race conditions in Victoria last weekend near to faultless.

    “It was almost a perfect day,” Rix said.

    “In the morning, there was hardly any wind so the water was smooth. It just got a bit hot in the afternoon, which quite a lot of people suffered from.”

    The running leg, which was affected by the hot temperatures later in the day, was deemed by Rix as the weakest sector of his race.

    “The swim and bike went well but the run there I suffered a bit.’’

    The first 20km of the run was good but it all started to go backwards from there.

    A lack of nutrition prior to the race was established by Rix when he paid a visit to the medical tent after the race.

    “In the medical tent after the race I was six kilograms lighter,’’ Rix said.

    ‘‘You’ve just got to learn from your mistakes so next time I’ll eat well before the run.”

    Rix now has sights on the Julia Creek Dirt N Dust in only three weeks but for him, preparation will be rather low-key.

    “I’ll pretty much be doing nothing from now until then [Dirt N Dust].

    ‘‘It takes a while to recover from one of these [Ironman].

    ‘‘I might do a couple of swims, just because it’s not as taxing and then do a couple of easy rides.

    ‘‘But nothing major.”

    The newly formed Cloncurry Cats Cycling and Triathlon now has 36 members and Rix is hoping the club will be reasonably well represented at Julia Creek.

    “We are also trying to get a triathlon program up and running later on in the year.

    ‘‘There is a triathlon in May sometime and five-kilometre fun run on Sunday 12th.”

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