Wintry weather makes Berry ripe for UK ironman
CLAREMONT triathlete Pete Berry has flown back to the UK to compete in his first international ironman competition held in Wales.
The 37-year-old, who works in financial modelling, said he had been doing triathlons for four years.
“I am English and I lived in Sydney for a few years and then I moved to Perth and it was when I moved to Perth I took on triathlons,” he said. “I am doing an ironman in Wales on September 18, which is my fourth ironman and first in the UK where I am from.”
Berry said he felt ready to compete in the gruelling 140.6km race after a good training period.
“Mother Nature has supplied me with some British weather and I have been training up in the hills for long bike rides and it has been windy and rainy most of the time,” he said.
“I try to swim a couple of times during the week and do some 10km runs on Tuesdays, do some intervals at the WA Athletics Track on Thursdays. I go for rides in the morning before work and on the weekend.”
Despite having competitive experience, the Stadium Triathlon Club member said he was only a “recreational traithlete” but did not rule out becoming a professional.
“Perhaps when I am 70, I might be elite in the 70’s category,” he said.
“If I could get to the point when it pays me well, unfortunately I do not think I can get to that level but if I ever do then I could do it full-time.”
Pete Berry is in Wales to take part in his fourth ironman competition.