THE gruelling six-round Telstra Ironwoman Series will culminate at Noosa Heads on Sunday, when competitors line up for their third race in as many weeks.
And while many of her rivals will be weary or wounded by the draining campaign, Noosa Heads contender Jordan Mercer says she is fresh and ready to fire on her home beach.
"I'm feeling fit and fast and I'm excited to get out and race. I think that's great, especially having competed for the past two weekends back-to-back," she said.
"Now we're coming into the third straight weekend of racing but I've approached it with a good attitude and with good motivation."
Mercer, who was a guest of the junior school assembly at St Andrew's Anglican College yesterday, expects the training she did last year holds her in good stead for the testing eliminator finale.
"I think during these last couple of races, it comes down to having that pre-season endurance base and I have that on my side," she said.
"It's going to be a tough grind on Sunday but I'm definitely up for it."
Mercer experienced a torrid start to the series and finished 15th and 17th at Perth and Newcastle respectively.
But she salvaged her season and reminded us of her capabilities with a third place at Portsea and a second at Surfers Paradise.
She was seventh at Coolum Beach last weekend and is now eighth overall.
She's intent on finishing the series with a flourish.
"I'm trying to get some valuable points to bring myself up to the top-end of the field," she said.
"Naomi (Flood) and Courtney (Hancock) are fighting it out for first and I think Brodie (Moir) has third but fourth to seventh places come into play."
Mercer finished third at the Noosa Heads finale last year, en-route to a fourth place finish overall.
"It was the best atmosphere I have ever raced in," she said.
"Racing at Noosa again is going to be fantastic. There's going to be a massive support crew there and it's something I'm really looking forward to."