Test­ing his lim­its for a great cause

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

HE’S the sergeant of the Eidsvold po­lice, but away from work Sergeant Chris James is striv­ing to get fit for the Noosa triathlon.

The Noosa Triathlon, which takes place on Novem­ber 1-5, is an an­nual stan­dard dis­tance triathlon con­sist­ing of a 1500m swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run.

Chris said he was rais­ing money for the Make A Wish Foun­da­tion, a cause close to his heart.

“When I was at school I had a mate hit by a car and he be­came a quad­ri­plegic. I had an­other mate struck down by leukaemia. In both in­stances, they were the re­cip­i­ents of a wish through the foun­da­tion,” he said.

“Some­times when you see bad things hap­pen­ing around you, you just have to stop think­ing about your­self and get in and lend a hand.

“I’ve made a com­mit­ment to raise $1500 for the Make A Wish foun­da­tion. Cur­rently I’m sit­ting at about $400.”

Chris said in the lead up to the big event in Novem­ber, sev­eral rou­tines had been un­der­taken.

“So far I have been do­ing a few rides a week on my in­door trainer be­tween 45-60 min­utes long. I am run­ning the beep test for speed and 5km runs for en­durance,” he said.

Chris jok­ingly said swim­ming was next on his list once spring ar­rives.

“I en­vis­age though that in the lead up to the event I will be do­ing 2.5km swims, 2 hour rides and 90 minute runs. It will to­tal about 8-10 hours of train­ing per week. Am I fit? Nah, but I will be.”

Chris said train­ing for the triathlon would in­volve some sac­ri­fices, one be­ing fam­ily time.

“It is self­ish in a way and that 10 hours of train­ing will be 10 hours my fam­ily doesn’t have me around. How­ever, they are be­hind me all the way,” he said.

“My wife is man­ag­ing all the be­hind the scenes stuff. She has the do­na­tion page all up and run­ning and is re­search­ing what gear I need, what I have to do when I get to the race, what nu­tri­tion I need to have.

“I never re­alised how tech­ni­cal the sport was, I thought I just had to turn up for a bit of a swim, ride my bike and run a few laps. I think I will be lucky not to be blow­ing chunks just from nerves be­fore the race even starts.”

Chris said he had com­peted in a triathlon be­fore, rais­ing money for Sol­dier On.

“It was a lot shorter and a much smaller event. There were only 500 com­peti­tors and I was fa­mil­iar with the area and race organisers,” he said.

“This is like the sec­ond big­gest Olympic triathlon in the world and there are pros com­pet­ing. I am a bit wor­ried how I am go­ing to find my bike in tran­si­tion if I don’t drown in the swim first.

“I’ve al­ready de­vel­oped a few aches and pains from train­ing, it could be that I am age­ing but per­son­ally I think it is that I am just not used to the cold weather.”

You can do­nate to the cause here: noosatri2017.ev­ery­day­hero.com/au/team-james.

PHOTO: PHILIPPE CO­QUERAND

GET­TING SET: Sergeant Chris James is pre­par­ing him­self for the Noosa triathlon.

Sergeant Chris James hav­ing a run in Eidsvold.

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