Ath­letes get into early train­ing

Multisport Mecca - - News -

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.

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