Road to Hervey Bay 100 begins
COLD and early mornings have been the first hurdles for triathlon rookies Fiona Thomme and Fiona Fewtrell.
The winners of Multisport
Mecca’s Build an Athlete competition have started training under the guidance of Jason Crowther, head coach of Atlas Multisports.
It’s been a baptism of fire, or to be more accurate chilly mornings, for the duo who are learning the ropes.
Both have undergone bike fits with John Carey of Cycle Zone Mooloolaba and taken the first steps in completing the Hervey Bay 100 (2km swim, 80km cycle, 18km run) on November 18 this year.
“I’ve really enjoyed getting into the swing of regular, focussed training. And everyone I’ve met so far has been so encouraging and supportive,” Thomme said.
But swimming has presented the biggest challenge.
“I’m still going through alternate stages of ‘I can do this’ and ‘oh my God what have I gotten myself into’, but it’s been great to have that focus and the opportunity to get stuck into it with excellent coaches and a supportive team around me,” she said.
“It has been surprising how much I genuinely love swimming. I’ve never, ever been a swimmer and it’s definitely something I will continue with in the future – it’s such a wonderful way to start the day.” For Fewtrell, she’s found it motivating to have an event to train for – “especially when surrounded by supportive, like-minded people”.
“The rapid improvement in such a short period of time has been surprising with my swimming and cycling,” Fewtrell said.
“And the difference having a proper bike fit has made. I’m so much more comfortable on the bike now which has improved both my ability and my confidence.”
JOURNEY STARTED: Fiona Thomme and Fiona Fewtrell have started their preparation for the Hervey Bay 100 as winners of the Mecca’s Build an Athlete competition.