Excitement builds for rookies
FOUR months ago Helen Greenfield and Glenn Petrie were triathlon rookies.
Over the next three weeks they will put the finishing touches on preparation for the Hog’s Hervey Bay 100.
The long-course triathlon newbies have been training with the support of the best in the business after winning Multisport Mecca’s ‘Build an Athlete’ competition.
Since July, Glenn and Helen have been trained by Atlas Multisports, received a bike fit and mechanical support from Cycle Zone Mooloolaba, health and well-being assistance from Hendrey Chiropractic, a tri kit from Allez Sport, along with free entry to the ‘Hundy’.
Both had short hit-outs at the 750m swim/20km bike/4km run Bribie Tri Series on Sunday (Glenn finished 12th with splits of 10:51, 39:30 and 15:52 while Helen was seventh with 10:24, 41:30 and 17:16) ahead of the big challenge on November 19, a 2km swim, 80km ride and an 18km run.
The time and effort put into training has been a challenge for the pair, but both have embraced the preparation with enthusiasm.
While Glenn has dabbled with short-distance triathlon in the past, he’s primarily a runner.
Glenn’s greatest battle has come in the pool where swimming has been tough.
“I wasn’t used to the riding and the swimming. My biggest challenge is technique...I don’t have any,” he said.
“I feel like I’m sinking in the water and being a pretty competitive person it’s hard to take when everyone swims past you in the pool.
“If you spend the time on the bike you seem to improve pretty quickly.”
Losing seven kilograms since he started, Glenn produced some impressive run form at the Sunshine Coast Half Marathon, with a time of 1:24.
“I do like the bike. I like you can get out and see the Sunshine Coast and how beautiful the Sunshine Coast is and it makes you realise how lucky you are to live here,” he said.
“I’m confident I’ll get it done. “I’ll just take it as it comes. I don’t really know what to expect but that’s part of the fun - not knowing - and that makes it quite exciting.”
Helen is a complete novice. On her completion list is the Pink Tri, and Sunday’s Bribie event was only her second outing.
She’s loved the varied training, with the biggest struggle “juggling and fitting it all in” between
children, home and work commitments.
“Running is what I have done the most of in the past two years and a lot of other training at the gym. Not much on the bike or in the pool,” she said.
“I bought a heavy hybrid bike and was riding that into work and that’s where I started and then upgraded my bike and started doing a little more.
“It’s been hard getting used to the shoes and there have been a few little stacks.”
About three years ago it was a vastly different story for Helen.
After children, the qualified chef was overweight.
“I was doing nothing. I had young kids and exercise wasn’t really part of my life at all,” Helen said.
“I just started to lose weight and going to the gym. I did a Parkrun and didn’t hate it as much as I thought and then started to try and chip away at my time each week.
“Now it’s just new challenge after new challenge.
“The first few weeks were really hard but now if I have a day off I feel a bit lost. I really enjoy it.”
Ahead of Hervey Bay Helen said she has a “mixture of emotions.”
“I know I can do it,” she said.
Glenn Petrie works on his weakest leg, the swim.
Glenn and Helen in their new Allez Sport tri suits.
Helen Greenfield and Dr David Hendrey of Hendrey Chiropractic, and in run training (right).