Ex­cite­ment builds for rook­ies

Multisport Mecca - - News - Grant Ed­wards Grant.Ed­[email protected]­re­gional­me­dia.com.au

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.

PHOTO: GRANT ED­WARDS

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).

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