Noosa's Miller an ironman hopeful
IRONMAN surprise packet Mitch Miller warmed up for next weekend’s Sunshine Coast round of the Nutri-Grain series with a hit-out at Caloundra on Saturday.
The Noosa Heads 18-year-old was one of several Nutri-Grain Ironman Series competitors, including Corey Jones, taking the start line at the Dicky Beach Surf Classic.
The event attracted a strong field from the Sunshine and Gold Coast clubs – including Ironwoman Series competitors such as Rebecca Creedy, Danielle Allen and Jordan Mercer – just a week out from round three of the Nutri-Grain series at Coolum.
Series rookie Miller sits in ninth spot directly behind surf lifesaving legends Zane Holmes and Caine Eckstein.
While Miller shocked more than a few punters with his ninth at Currumbin and eighth at Bondi, he said he went into the series full of confidence yet short on expectations.
“I knew I could be up there with the guys, but I have really surprised myself this season,” he said.
“Going into the first race I was wary of where I was going to come, how fit I was, how good each of my legs were.
“To get ninth in my first outing really set me up for Bondi, where I had a really good couple of races there.
“I just got a little unlucky in my last race. I’ve got a bit more experience now and, hopefully, I can get up amongst it at Coolum.”
Coolum has been a happy hunting ground for Sunshine Coast competitors over the past five years, with Tim Peach, Jones and Matt Poole all racking up round wins there.
Mercer said he was also heartened by Mooloolaba competitor Poole’s win at Bondi as it proved the Sunshine Coast series contingent was capable of mixing it with the country’s best.
He described the Dicky Beach carnival as useful preparation for the next round of the ironman series.
Mercer said he would mainly be doing team events at Coolum. The carnival concluded at Dicky Beach Surf Life Saving Club on Sunday.