Athletes get into early training
FOUNDATIONS are being laid for two wannabe long-distance triathletes.
The two winners of Multisport Mecca’s Build an Athlete competition, Helen Greenfield and Glenn Petrie, have started training for November’s Hog’s Hervey Bay 100. That event will see the rookies tackle a 2km swim, 80km cycle and an 18km run.
Teaming with coach Jason Crowther from Atlas Multisports, the pair have undertaken their first sessions and are already on a training program.
Both have also been properly fitted to their road bikes by John Carey of Cycle Zone Mooloolaba – with Helen riding in bike shoes for the first time.
Currently nursing a grazed knee after falling off, Helen said her confidence is building.
“I’m getting there. The initial part is getting my head around the shoes and clipping in...I am definitely feeling better in them.”
With a program including training six days a week, Helen has undertaken an 80km ride with the Atlas crew – her longest ride to date.
She has also started undertaking a long run each week of about 20km, aided by a new pair of Hoka One One Claytons through David Chick at Allez Sport.
“I thought I was training hard doing an hour a day. Now I have really taken it up a notch,” Helen said.
“I feel surprisingly good. The only thing suffering is my housework and keeping up with the washing.”
For Glenn, the major challenges have come in the pool.
A strong runner, he has made early gains on the bike. He too has undertaken a fit with Cycle Zone, and recorded a personal best recently of posting an average speed of 30kmh over 40km.
But he is training hard to overcome his struggles in the pool, working closely with swim coach Casey Munro.
“I’m a lot fitter and I have lost 5.5kg since June,” he said.
“Training has just become a part of my day.”
Atlas Multisports' Lisa Crowther (centre front) and Casey Munro (back) with Build an Athlete competition winners Glenn Petrie and Helen Greenfield. RIGHT: John Carey fits Helen with her new shoes.