Having completed more than seven Ironmans in Australasia and Europe, Hal is chasing a sub ten-hour IronMan to qualify for the World Championships in Kona.
Also a triathlon coach, Hal has used CurraNZ for several years and considers it invaluable, particularly around accelerating recovery, which, as he points out, doesn’t get any easier in your 50s.
With the Asia-Pacific Champs his next 'A' race in June, Hal was using Challenge Melbourne as a key event for his Cairns Ironman build-up.
Unfortunately several training interruptions intervened before the half-Iron event in April. With an ongoing achilles niggle and tooth abscess, Hal was forced to miss some key training sessions but to his great surprise, it didn't prove a barrier to setting two fantastic PBs.
He says: "Having had a few interruptions to my 12-week Ironman Cairns training block, I felt that on Sunday I was pretty much back on track.
"I managed to PB at the half distance and come home in 4hrs 49 mins to place eighth in my age group. What was more pleasing was a huge 12 min bike PB and no achilles issues.
"It was pretty decent effort given the circumstances.
"Bring on Ironman Cairns!"