Road to Hervey Bay 100 be­gins

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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.

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