National honours the target
Timaru triathlete James Katene is planning his sporting future and is hoping months of hard work will get him selected to represent New Zealand.
The 19-year-old is aiming for the age-group triathlon world championships in Auckland in 2014.
He is serious in his endeavours and has joined up with multiple world champion and Olympian Sam Warriner.
Warriner runs a professional company training triathletes and Katene will head to Taupo from January 8 to 14 to undergo assessment and training.
''It's going to be great and get me really focused.''
Katene's first real test will be the New Zealand age group championships in April where he should get a feel of where he sits in comparison to other Kiwi triathletes.
''I love the bike, which is my strength, and the run is OK, but it is my swimming I need to improve.''
He intends to join up with Rob Naylor's ocean swim group when he returns from Taupo.
''That will be good for me, to have others to train with.''
Katene, who qualified this year as a personal trainer, hopes to find flexible work that allows him to train regularly.
''I do 15 to 20 hours training a week at the moment but hope to step it up before events.''
Katene has dabbled with endurance events and competed in the Coast to Coast earlier this year, where he sacrificed his own ambitions to help a 71-year-old competitor in distress.
Katene offered the fellow competitor food and water and opted to run with the man rather than just go on ahead of him, costing himself around an hour and half in time.
''I want to have another go solo at some stage but I am focused on triathlons.''
He will also be seeking sponsorship.
- The Timaru Herald