THERE'LL be nothing left in the tank when Michael Busby crosses the finish line at the upcoming 2011 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship grand final in Beijing.
The Australian age competitor touches down in the Chinese capital early next week ahead of his first world championships after earning selection on the Australian team thanks to a number of impressive performances in the 2011 Australian National Championship Series.
Busby earned his selection after finishing in overall second spot in the 40-44 year age group Olympic distance following races in Geelong, Mooloolaba and Sydney earlier in the year.
A fraction of his old self, Busby has transformed from a 115kg overweight former rugby player to a lean 66kg elite triathlete. The 42-year-old heads to Beijing on Tuesday eager to tackle the gruelling 1.5km swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run at the same course the 2008 Beijing Olympics triathlon events were held.
“My whole preparation is building up towards this one race,” he said. “There is the pressure of having only the one race, but at the end of the day if I fall over the finish line and know that I’ve put everything into it then I’m happy with that.”
After working hard on improving his weakest leg, the swim, Busby is aiming for a sub-2hrs10min time.
A former Queensland Country rugby union star Busby dons the green and gold for the first time since he represented an Australian Universities rugby team in the early 1990s, and is excited about the whole experience.
Thanks to the work of former Australian triathlon captain Wayne Clifford, swim coach Paul Connolly, CQ Physio’s Glenn Hansen and the magic hands of Vincent Leo, Busby is all set to take on the world’s best age group competitors next Sunday.
Busby isn’t alone at the world championships. Don’t miss tomorrow’s Bully to see who else is taking on the world’s best.