LOCAL athlete Paddy Logue is on the hunt for his fourth Ironman cap, this time in Germany on July 8.
Paddy has already completed Ironman UK, France and Austria but recently took a year out from the sport.
He did however complete the 52 mile Ultra Marathon through the Mourne mountains, finishing in just over 11 hours.
Speaking ahead of his Ironman Germany challenge, the Strabane man said he was looking forward to getting back into competition.
“I took last year off from Ironman racing but decided to race the Mourne Ultra Marathon. After that race I suffered burnout, losing my leg speed in both cycling and my running. I don’t think it was the distance involved but the terrain; the Mourne Ultra Marathon course is the second toughest in Europe.
“This year I have geared all my training towards Ironman Frankfurt and things have been going well. I seem to have found my legs again and speed has come back. I competed in a few sprint triathlons this year already and have had reassuring results.
“I have been very lucky to date that every Ironman race I compete in I gain a personal best time, so this year that’s my goal. I timed 11hrs 32mins in Austria 2010, achieving a personal best time on my bike of 5hrs 20mins for 112 mile, an average speed of over 21mph .So my goal this year is to better that.”