Ironwoman Kirsty Higgison prepares for the Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series at Coolum this weekend.
Ironwoman Kirsty Higgison prepares for the Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series at Coolum this weekend. Warren Lynam

Higgison itching for series

NOOSA Heads' Kirsty Higgison hopes there will be "tricky" conditions in rounds one and two of the Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series at Coolum this weekend.

And with up to a metre of choppy, rippy, ENE swell predicted, the 21-year-old may get her wish.

Coolum is renowned for its sometimes challenging conditions.

And while this weekend's forecast won't have the nation's elite panicking, the surf will be a far sight bigger than the non-existent swell Smiths Beach offered up in last year's opening rounds.

Higgison, who is about to embark on her maiden series, can't wait.

"I like to race in tricky conditions because I find it really fun and makes the racing more interesting," Higgison said. "I guess knowing we have done the work, I am not worried about what I can't control.

"Whatever is there on race day I will put my head down and go my hardest."

Higgison and her Noosa Heads training partners Jordan Mercer and Jack Moyes have a distinct advantage over their counterparts with the trio training just north of Coolum at Peregian Beach. Higgison said competing so close to her base would provide her with a much-appreciated sense of confidence.

"We train up the road which is quite similar conditions to Coolum with an open beach so having a bit of background about the beach makes it not so daunting," she said.

"It will be a home crowd with all my family and friends watching which all helps too."

Higgison had a strong hit-out at Alexandra Headland last weekend when she finished fourth in the third round of the Surf Ironman Qualifying Series.

"I AM feeling really good and it was a really good hit-out to have before the series and it's good to get in that racing head space before the weekend," Higgison said.

Higgison and her clubmates have eased in to this weekend with a lighter training mode recommended by coach Darren Mercer.

"We have had easier week but are keeping up some distance," Higgison said.

Higgison said it was imperative to start the series strongly to avoid chasing her tail later in the six-event series.

"You have just got to be able to back-up really well with the events (and) hopefully be able to perform on the Sunday," she said.

"I generally perform better on the second day."

Round one starts at 10.30am on Saturday and round two starts at 10.30am on Sunday.



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