Josh ready to ‘tri’ again

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31-year-old Josh Patricks has unfinished business.

At the bcu Coffs Tri held in March 2018, Josh experienced an unfortunate and unforeseen setback, collapsing within a few hundred metres of the finish line. He was taking part in his first Olympic Distance triathlon – a 1500m swim, 40km cycle and 10km run. Josh was well-prepared for his first major triathlon, having completed months of training, including taking part in shorter distance events in readiness for race day.

However, Josh’s race didn’t quite go to plan. Early into the cycle leg he dropped one of his water bottles which significantly impacted his hydration. The day was exceptionally hot with extreme humidity, creating challenging conditions for all athletes. Remaining hydrated proved challenging, even for some of the most experienced competitors.

Josh was on his final leg, running towards the Jetty with the finish line in sight, but by this stage of the race he was overheated and his legs were running on sheer determination. His body had started failing, he was extremely dehydrated and disorientated and he collapsed with only a few hundred metres left to run.

Paramedics and doctors were quick to his side to administer ice, oxygen and a drip. Josh was then rushed to hospital where he spent the coming days undergoing treatment and a series of tests. Josh experienced extreme rhabdomyolysis, and there was real concern for his health for the first 48 hours.

But Josh is strong-willed, he is young and he has a beautiful young family that he was determined to make proud. It took some time, lots of rest and most of all patience, but he made a full recovery and has been given the all-clear by his doctors to return to training again under the watchful eye of his wife, Renee.

Josh recently competed in the Stadium Stomp at Brisbane’s Gabba, a leg-burning 5,000 stair climb, to help raise money for the Black Dog Institute. He also completed the 10km fun run at the Coffs Harbour Running Festival, has been a regular in the Coffs Tri Club races and is feeling fitter than ever.

According to Josh, “The 2018 bcu Tri definitely didn’t go the way I had planned, but it was not possible to predict the conditions on the day. As soon as I got medical clearance, I was back into training with the encouragement of my supportive family. My fitness and health have never been better and I am excited for the 2019 bcu Tri. I definitely have unfinished business and I can’t wait to cross that finish line!”

If all goes to plan, Josh will have a huge support crew cheering him down the finish chute, led by his wife and two girls. Josh’s six-year-old daughter, Olivia will be attempting her first triathlon in March so it will be a very special day for the whole family.

The bcu Coffs Tri has a number of races available for ages six and over and is suitable for experienced athletes as well as those doing their very first triathlon. It is a fun, family-friendly event with Kids races, an Enticer triathlon and the Olympic Distance event with individual and team options.

Entries for the bcu Coffs TRI on March 2nd & 3rd 2019 are now open with early bird specials on offer for a short time at www.villagesports.com.au

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