Testing his limits for a great cause
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.
GETTING SET: Sergeant Chris James is preparing himself for the Noosa triathlon.
Sergeant Chris James having a run in Eidsvold.