A swim, a ride, and a run in my new shoes

A RELAXED training program and a new pair of shoes is preparing Yeppoon's Richard Goodger for his second Seaspray-Rydges Capricorn Half Ironman on August 14.

A course consisting of a 1.9km swim, 90km ride and 21km run is a long way from the man who just 18 months ago took up the sport and thought he was going to drown in the swim leg.

With the swimming on the improve and solid work on the bike ? a new pair of runners should further help his cause.

In last year's race the second third of the run leg tested Goodger's physical and mental strength.

"I didn't have a good pair of shoes and I lost a couple of toenails, but I've bought a new pair of shoes and I'm running in comfort this time,'' Goodger said.

He knows what the race, and preparation, is all about but he describes his training program as worse this year.

"I'm doing more things like paddling surf skis and getting in surf boats, but I've never thought of not getting ready for Rydges ? I've still kept my normal training going,'' Goodger said.

"I just want to go better than last year and enjoy the race again.''

Helping drive Goodger, 42, to these events is the support from his fellow CQ Frenchville Frogs triathletes.

No matter what level each competitor is at, whether a beginner or world-class athlete, a friendly face and support is always there.

Goodger is a man on his own mission just like every other starter.

The event, which started in 2000 with about 100 competitors, is expected to attracted about 500 starters this year.

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