Pain-filled training for ironman title

IRONMAN training is currently a pain in the backside for Rockhampton's Elwyn Rose, but that will not stop him competing in New Zealand.

Rose, 60, will make his first appearance in Ironman New Zealand at Lake Taupo on New Zealand's North Island on March 4.

Not only is he faced with the challenge of a new race, but Rose was in hospital, on January 21, requiring some immediate surgery on a prostrate gland problem.

"I went to the doctor on the Friday and was in hospital the next morning,'' said Rose, who received a clean bill of health last Wednesday.

The ever-young athlete battled through some training discomfort before the surgery and is now in the middle of a diagnosed two-week training break.

That means a break from his weekly training schedule of 30km of swimming, 400km on the bike and 70km on the road.

Rose is giving himself three weeks of solid training before time for tapering and travel.

"In my mind I want to get my fitness level to 70% and my mind to 100%,'' Rose said.

"I don't get a refund so I'm still going.''

Ironman New Zealand presents a 3.8km swim, 180.2km ride and 42.2km run ? a distance Rose has previously covered in Hawaiian Ironman events ? but this time he steps up to the 60-64 years division.

There is no shortage of drive in the former Moura resident, who received the senior sportsperson award at last week's Banana Shire Australia Day Awards.

"I just love being fit and like to encourage others people to do something,'' Rose said.

"There's more to life than just sitting at home. "There's no limits ? the only limits are the ones you put on yourself.

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