It's a family affair
By AARON KELLY ? THE SPORT of triathlon has become a family affair for Yeppoon's Peter O'Shaughnessy.
O'Shaughnessy, 42, will tackle his first Mooloolaba triathlon tomorrow and his family has played a major role in getting him there.
When it comes to having a support crew, the St Ursula's College teacher has one of the best.
Wife, Loise, has recently caught the triathlon bug while children Emma, 14, Patrick, 11, and Joseph, 5, are budding swimming champions.
Finding the time for training can be just as demanding for a triathlete, but for this father-ofthree ? it's easy.
"I try to work around my family when it comes to training,'' O'Shaughnessy said.
A day in the life of O'Shaughnessy can consist of taking the kids to swimming training and doing some laps himself, hitting the road on the bike with Loise and beach sessions with his trusty companion and family pet, Scooby.
Preparing to cover the 1.5km swim, 40km ride and 10km run distance, O'Shaughnessy is fresh from winning this month's Tuckers Cycle Inn/ Sportsco Triathlon Series men's long course title.
While he did not win a round during the event, consistently joining the leading pack proved the difference.
O'Shaughnessy said he was looking forward to the challenge this weekend ? a race he hopes to finish in just under two hours and 20 minutes.
He will join more than 30 triathletes in Mooloolaba leading the Central Queensland charge.