Triathlon duo scale new heights in train­ing

Southern Telegraph - - News -

Rock­ing­ham Triathlon Club mem­bers Greg Man­ning and Natasha Per­twee are leav­ing no stone un­turned in their prepa­ra­tion for this year’s World Triathlon Age Group Cham­pi­onships on the Gold Coast in Septem­ber.

Man­ning has qual­i­fied to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia, while Per­twee will com­pete for Great Bri­tain in the sprint dis­tance, which con­sists of a 750m swim, 20km cy­cle and 5km run. The two RTC mem­bers have been train­ing in an al­ti­tude cham- ber for sev­eral weeks to give them­selves the best chance of suc­cess.

“Al­ti­tude Train­ing WA in Se­cret Har­bour has set up per­son­alised pro­grams to en­sure that we are on top form go­ing into our big race,” Per­twee, who will be com­pet­ing in her sec­ond sprint world cham­pi­onships, said.

“The al­ti­tude cham­ber al­lows us to train in a low-oxy­gen en­vi­ron­ment to max­imise re­sults.

“Ex­er­cis­ing at al­ti­tude has been pop­u­lar with elite ath­letes for years.” The cham­ber has an ar­ray of ex­er­cise ma­chines in­clud­ing sta­tion­ary bikes, a tread­mill, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion equip­ment and a large flat-screen TV, which plays pre­s­e­lected pro­grams to as­sist train­ing.

There is less oxy­gen in the cham­ber, which means the pair get the equiv­a­lent of a two-hour work­out dur­ing an hour-long train­ing ses­sion.

The World Triathlon Age Group Cham­pi­onships run from Septem­ber 12-16.

Rock­ing­ham Triathlon Club’s Natasha Per­twee and Greg Man­ning.

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