FOR a man about to tackle the toughest physical challenge of his life Jordan Frapwell sounds remarkably cool and composed.
One might think that the prospect of a 1.5 miles swim followed by a 56 miles bike ride and then finishing off with a half marathon in the heat of Bahrain would give Frapwell some cause for concern, maybe the slightest hint of anxiety.
But the Stroud-based Frapwell just can’t wait for the start gun on Saturday morning – 4am UK time – for his debut at the Half Ironman which he hopes will mark the beginning of his ambition to become a professional triathlete.
“I have trained well and I reckon I am in better shape than I have ever been,” said Frapwell.
The Bahrain competition, which measures a grand total of 70.3 miles of muscle burning effort and concentration, is a qualifying event for the 2016 World Championships so Frapwell is anticipating a top class line-up. But his goal isn’t to take on the top guys – not just yet anyway.
“The professionals will complete the distance is just under four hours while I will be looking at taking four-and-a-half hours,” added Frapwell.
“That would be a good benchmark for me on my debut though we will have to see how my body reacts to that sort of distance.”