Lithgow's Brad De Losa has placed fourth at the recent Stihl Australian Trophy competition in Melbourne.
I was pretty happy with my performance there and how I cut against a lot of the other guys.Brad De Losa
Speaking with the Lithgow Mercury, De Losa said he was pleased with his result but admitted things were a bit tough at the endurance event.
Brad was beaten by Mitch Argent in the semi final who won with a time of 1:18.62, barely a second better than Brad. "He [Mitch] qualified number two so he was one round fresher than what I was I suppose. But in that endurance type of format, it certainly takes a toll on you by the time we came to the fourth and fifth round [I was] really starting to start to struggle," he said.
"It's very hard to train for, I think you know those short turnarounds - I do a lot of chopping as well as swimming and weight work and that sort of stuff - but it's very hard to simulate back to back races like that.
"It's very hard to back up, you know, and your recovery time gets shorter and shorter so I pretty much come off after the race with Mitch I came straight off and then pretty much had to set the logs up and go straight back on so my turnaround time was, was the shortest so when I raced for third and Fourth, Lawrence O'Toole, he had raised a previous race to me, so he took a another 15, 20 minutes to recover."
Brad is looking forward to a bit of time off along with competing in some smaller events before the next big competition, the Timbersports Australian championships on August 28 in Adelaide.
The competition focuses on six core disciplines in a more cardio-focused event. Something Brad says requires a different training approach, but he likes his chances. "I'm very happy this year with my results so far. I won the world championship in the single sawing at the Easter Show, so that was a great start to the year. We'd only had a few events leading up to that which I went quite well in," he said.
"After the weekend, I mean after you win an event like that it's always disappointing if you don't win it again... the Australian trophy. But, you know, I was pretty happy with my performance there and how I cut against a lot of the other guys.
"So I'm looking forward to - head down bum up, and getting ready for the Australian championships. If I can hold my current form, I should hopefully be in a good position to gain a good placing."