NEW: Triathlon club vice-president Martin Gartrell, with one of their new bikes, said they’re incredibly easy to ride.
NEW: Triathlon club vice-president Martin Gartrell, with one of their new bikes, said they’re incredibly easy to ride.

Steel yourself for tri

TRIATHLON: The Whitsunday Triathlon Club has produced a tailored program to assist newcomers and established athletes alike steel themselves for the challenge of the Colorbond Airlie Beach Triathlon.

The program provides daily training options with participants able to attend as many or as few sessions as they wish ahead of the August 28 event. There is also access to the prescribed sessions.

Club president Steve Jackson said they were making the program as flexible as possible.

"We'd all love to train as often as the professional athletes but the reality is people have other commitments with work, family and other interests," he said.

"They will also have their own goals as well as different backgrounds. A swimmer will want to focus on improving their running and cycling as opposed to runners who will need to work on their swimming, the most technical of the three disciplines."

The club has also purchased six bikes that locals can access for free in the build-up to the event after securing a Community Benefit Fund grant from the State Government. The six-week program includes training and teaching in all three disciplines as well as some guidance on transition, recovery and nutrition.

Triathlon Club training officer James Carman said he was looking forward to welcoming program participants.

"We want people to enjoy their experience and get the most out of themselves with the time and the ability they have," he said.

"We think with a few tips, a little training and plenty of support, people will really enjoy the sport and conquer the triathlon."

Jackson said he was hoping people were inspired and motivated "and will look to keep their focus on fitness by having a new goal just six weeks away". The training program will make use of the Cannonvale Swim Centre, the Whitsunday Running Club and parkrun at Abell Point Marina. People interested in joining part of the program, which is also open to high school athletes, can contact James Carman on 0400797564. The program starts next week.


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