Adapt and Overcome
2020 was not a normal year for any of us. Australian triathlete Aaron Royle faced the same challenges as most, trying to adapt and make the most of any opportunity
Aaron Royle usually spends his year based out of Europe, travelling the globe and racing the World Triathlon Series, the highest level of racing in the Olympic distance format.
This past year started like any other Olympic year for Aaron, training well and focusing on qualifying for Tokyo—just like he did back in 2016 for the Rio Olympics. But 2020 had other plans, and for Aaron it was about adapting and finding new opportunities wherever possible.
“It’s been one of the most mentally challenging years, I think, for most athletes,” Aaron said. “Just literally training for races that haven’t gone ahead.”
“I’m proud that I was able to execute a solid swim, bike and run performance and happy that my decision to make the dash across the border was worthwhile,” Aaron said after the finish. “A bonus was qualifying my slot for next year’s Ironman 70.3 World Championships.
Looking ahead, Aaron’s focus remains the same: to qualify for the Australian team at the Tokyo Olympics and to finish his sprint distance triathlon career with a bang.
“After that, who knows?” Aaron said. “Maybe I might have the opportunity to race against the best in the world at the 70.3 distance.”