A dangerous fall just days before his international debut hasn't deterred Wollongong triathlete Peter Calder from another crack at the world stage.
The 29-year-old crashed his bike into an embankment three days before he was set to don the green and gold for the first time at the London ITU World Triathlon grand final.
He couldn't be stopped from competing despite broken ribs and a bruised shoulder, back and chest.
He returned to Australia refreshed by a European break after the event, more determined than ever to compete at an elite level.
While the coming season in Australia beckons, Calder dream's of competing on the sport's biggest stage are still on his bucket list.
"I just want to get bigger and better," Calder said.
"Hopefully, I guess the end goal one day would be to try and get over and do the Hawaiian Ironman."
While he admitted the pinnacle of the racing world was still a ways off, the relative newcomer to the sport was determined to return to the international stage soon.
His first glimpse of international racing fuelled his new found passion for triathlon.
"I think after the race I was already talking to my wife about doing it next year or the year after," Calder said.
"It is just sort of seeing how good I can go and hopefully do a lot better than I did in London."
Struggling to move 50 metres from the hotel, let alone compete in the grand final event in London, Calder eventually managed a 54th place finish in the 25-29 sprint category.
"It was 12 months of planning in what races I was going to do to qualify and once the team was finalised it was six months of dedicated training just for this one race," Calder said.
"It was disappointing to crash, but what are you going to do. I was all the way over there so it was not like I wasn't going to race.
"Even if I would have had to walk, I was going to race. It is obviously disappointing to not do as well as you'd like but it was good to compete and good to finish," he said.