Hill on track to go the distance

LAUNCESTON'S Dylan Hill is enjoying his most successful triathlon season since taking up the sport three years ago.

The 27-year-old personal trainer has recorded consistent results over both Olympic distance and the longer 70.3 ironman events.

He finished second in last weekend's Coles Bay half-ironman triathlon and the week before won his 25-29 age group and finished second in the Geelong Olympic distance triathlon.

Before that, Hill won his age group at the Noosa Triathlon last November and repeated the result in the Canberra half-ironman, where he was eighth overall.

``I think eventually the 70.3 half-ironman distance will suit me better because you just have longer to catch up and I am not a real strong swimmer,'' Hill said.

``I think my run and bike legs are pretty strong but there is always room for improvement and I'm always chipping away at my swimming.''

The Launceston Triathlon Club member has been training himself since being introduced to the sport by Casey Mainsbridge but has recently contacted  New South Wales triathlon coach Grant Giles and will be under his guidance from March 10.

``He is coaching a couple of other Tasmanian triathletes and also has a strong following coaching some professional athletes, and if I want to continue to improve I think I need a little bit of help now,'' Hill said.

He has more races planned for the rest of the season but is focused on taking his career forward one step at a time.

``I think I'm starting to realise I can be competitive at the national-level events but I don't want to get carried away and want to stay level-headed and take one race at a time.

``I have the Devonport Triathlon next weekend which is an Olympic distance event and then the 70.3 at the start of May in Busselton. Then I will reassess and see where things are at at the end of the season.''

Launceston's Dylan Hill has hit the road running this triathlon season. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON.

Launceston's Dylan Hill has hit the road running this triathlon season. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON.