IT HAS been an incredible triathlon season for Echuca’s Jeremy Walker and in the 35-39 mens division, he has been dominant.
Walker officially claimed the 2XU triathlon series at Saturday’s St Kilda event.
He said it was the culmination of a long season.
‘‘It’s something that I’m really proud of,’’ Walker said.
‘‘I really got my mindset right for this series. It’s my last year in this age group so I set myself a really clear goal that I wanted to claim the victory before I moved on.
‘‘Each event I knew I was getting closer to that top three finish that I wanted so I just kept pushing and got the result I wanted to get.’’
The series includes six triathlons, with competitors four best results being used to determine their overall points.
Walker missed the second race of the series, which played a role in the event being decided in the final race.
‘‘I probably could have wrapped up the title if I had raced that second event,’’ he said.
‘‘They didn’t get the numbers to that race, there only ended up being four competitors in that race so it in some ways would have ended up being an easy grab for points.
‘‘But that’s not how it ended up going, so it came down to the final event in St Kilda.’’
The final event in St Kilda ended up being a tougher round than some of the previous races.
‘‘The final race was also a qualifier for the worlds so there were some really good quality runners in there,’’ Walker said.
‘‘There were a lot of guys trying to take points so it was a battle to get the points I needed.
‘‘It became about battling the guy who was behind me in the points for the series and holding him off.
‘‘He ended up having a bit of bad luck on the day and I was lucky enough to get the points.’’
In the end there were five points separating Walker from his nearest rival, giving Walker the overall win.
It was an exceptional year for Walker in the sport.
The victory goes with an age group victory and second overall in his home Echuca-Moama triathlon in January.
‘‘It’s been a wonderful year for me, I’m really stoked to have had my best season.’’
Walker will no longer qualify for the 35-39 age category for the 2018/19 series, so won’t be back to defend his title.
However, his eyes are now on something different.
‘‘I have my sights set on trying to qualify for the worlds,’’ Walker said.
‘‘I missed my chance last year as I didn’t really look into it early enough. I had my goals elsewhere. But I think I could have been a contender in those events to run for Australia. I will still look at maybe running one or two of the series next year in the 40-44 category, but we will see where we end up.’’