Born again ath­letes

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THREE months ago Fiona Thomme and Fiona Fewtrell were com­plete triathlon novices.

Now they are two weeks away from fac­ing their first long dis­tance triathlon – the Her­vey Bay 100.

Team ‘Fionas’ were win­ners of Mul­ti­sport Mecca’s Build an Ath­lete com­pe­ti­tion which is ded­i­cated to giv­ing rook­ies a leg-up into the tri-sport.

Train­ing be­gan dur­ing Au­gust un­der the guid­ance of Ja­son Crowther of At­las Mul­tisports. John Carey of Cy­cle Zone Mooloolaba pro­vided bike fits to en­sure they had the cor­rect set-up on the bike, while Allez

Sport’s David Chick pro­vided the 2XU kits to en­sure they are race-ready.

The race in­cludes a 2km swim, 80km cy­cle and an 18km run.

While Fewtrell, 32, has un­der­taken the sprint-dis­tance tri at Caloun­dra, this will be the first race for Thomme, 42.

“I’m start­ing to feel a lot more con­fi­dent as the train­ing in­ten­si­fies. I still have a few things I’d like to do more work on be­fore we get there, but I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing how I go,” Thomme said.

“About a month ago, I ag­gra­vated an old calf tear and it has im­pacted my run­ning train­ing a bit. On the plus side, it has al­lowed me to con­cen­trate more on the other two dis­ci­plines which I have less ex­pe­ri­ence in, so it’s not all bad. Coach Ja­son has been great giv­ing me some lower-im­pact ac­tiv­i­ties to keep me go­ing.”

While main­tain­ing a rea­son­able level of fit­ness, Fewtrell said not hav­ing any goals in the past hadn’t in­spired her to meet new chal­lenges.

“I was just be­ing ac­tive for the sake of be­ing ac­tive,” Fewtrell said.

“It’s so much eas­ier to get out of bed on those early morn­ings when you have a goal or pur­pose. Hav­ing HB100 on the hori­zon has re­ally fu­elled a fire. I’m even wak­ing up be­fore my alarm most days, and ab­so­lutely love get­ting out there and do­ing my train­ing.

“I’m feel­ing re­ally pumped. And not just me, my whole fam­ily is com­ing to cheer me on. Ev­ery­one is just as ex­cited as I am.”

Like most ath­letes, the ex­tra ses­sions have seen changes to rou­tines as well as nav­i­gat­ing their way past com­fort zones.

For Thomme, she has man­aged to bal­ance full-time work at Sun­shine Coast Coun­cil, kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties and sport as well as life in gen­eral.

“It’s sur­pris­ing what you can get done when you have to. I love the va­ri­ety and the chal­lenge. The best thing about it has been all the sup­port and en­cour­age­ment from the other ath­letes we’ve been train­ing with,” she said.

“Get­ting out past the break­ers for the first time in my life was my big­gest ac­com­plish­ment. Never, ever thought I would be do­ing that.”

As for Fewtrell, her great­est bat­tle was on the bike.

“Rid­ing up to Montville for sure. Look­ing at that on pa­per was scary as hell. But once we got started it was ac­tu­ally a re­ally lovely ride,” she said

“Train­ing in the rain was a chal­lenge. Hav­ing to do long hours on a wind-trainer and tread­mill was hor­ri­ble. Good men­tally I sup­pose, but still hor­ri­ble.”

It’s the sec­ond year in suc­ces­sion that Mul­ti­sport Mecca has staged the com­pe­ti­tion.

Last year’s win­ners, He­len Green­field and Glenn Petrie, suc­cess­fully com­pleted the race. While Petrie has bat­tled in­jury this year, Green­field fin­ished her first 70.3 Sun­shine Coast in Au­gust and will re­turn to Her­vey Bay again this year.

“The Fionas have both fin­ished half marathons in re­cent times but this was a big step up in com­mit­ment,” Mecca edi­tor Grant Edwards said.

“To see how far they have come in a short time is tes­ta­ment to their ded­i­ca­tion.

“They are the per­fect ex­am­ple of how with the right guid­ance and help, you can reach ath­letic goals no mat­ter how daunt­ing they first seem.”

It seems they both have been bit­ten by the triathlon bug.

Fewtrell is un­der pressure from friends to race at Port Mac­quarie’s 70.3 next year, and Thomme, while look­ing for­ward to drop­ping back the in­ten­sity, has “al­ready started suss­ing out a few events for 2019”.

PHOTO: PA­TRICK WOODS

EX­CIT­ING TIMES: Fiona Thomme and Fiona Fewtrell won the Mul­ti­sport Mecca ‘Build an Ath­lete’ com­pe­ti­tion which has seen them given ex­pert guid­ance to­ward next month’s Her­vey Bay 100.

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