Ironman Matt Poole cool and calm
HE might be chasing hot form but Matt Poole has to keep a cool head - and body - to defend his crown in the Nutri-Grain ironman series.
In a tie for third heading into the halfway point of the six-event series, Poole has made an interesting discovery about himself and his body ahead of the North Wollongong racing this Sunday.
"The cooler it is the better I go," said the ironman champion, who at 194cm and 90kg is by far the biggest competitor in the series and sweats significantly more than his rivals.
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"I love racing anywhere in NSW because I always find myself racing better at home in the cooler water.
"I think it's because I am a bigger guy. Everything shows when it is hotter I sweat more and dehydrated faster.
"I've recently been doing some research and testing in this. I loose the salt and sodium faster which causes you to hit the wall."
Poole is a massive 22 kilos heavier than New Zealand ironman Max Beattie and 10 plus kilos more than the likes of former Nutri-Grain champions Shannon Eckstein, last round winner Ali Day and flat mate Matt Bevilacqua.
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"I've just started to do this research and I need to keep working on it," Poole said.
"It's one of those things when you have young guys running round fast and injury free, you have to start playing the smart game.''
TJ Hendy and Ali Day claimed victory in the opening two rounds of the Nutri-Grain series with Poole, born and bred on Sydney's Northern Beaches but based in Queensland, overdue success in the event he won last season.
"Winning a title is great but I want to win a second to show it was no fluke," Poole said.
Going into Sunday's eliminator race, Day leads the series overall from Hendy, the son of surf legend Trevor.
Round 3: North Wollongong Beach, Wollongong, NSW
Sunday, 12pm; Nutri-Grain Ironman and Ironwoman racing