Pete tries hell again

YEPPOON'S Pete Wheelhouse has his "eyes wide open" as he prepares for his second assault at the Hell of the West triathlon at Goondiwindi this weekend.

Wheelhouse, 40, will join a strong Central Queensland contingent when the starting gun sounds for the start of tomorrow's gruelling race ? dubbed the "ultimate challenge" and "toughest triathlon in Queensland".

For Wheelhouse, he is hoping to firstly survive and secondly improve on his efforts from last year in the 2km swim, 80km ride and 20km run event.

"I've got my eyes wide open this time, I was a little bit naive last year," said Wheelhouse, who will contest the 40-44 years division.

Wheelhouse's workmate at Fitzroy River Water in Rockhampton, Josh McKenzie, is bracing himself for his first outing at Goondiwindi.

McKenzie, 27, only arrived in the sport of triathlon a couple of years ago as a form of cross-training for his other sporting pursuits.

Like most people, he's been hooked ever since.

McKenzie, who plays rugby union for Cap Coast and is also a member of the Emu Park surf boat crew, said he was going into the race with a simple plan of attack.

"Just trying to survive is going to be the biggest key," he joked.

Wheelhouse said the town atmosphere at Goondiwindi on race day and the reputation of the event under the tougher conditions was a reason for his return to conquer the race for the second time.

"That's part of the attraction of going there," he said.

Also joining the local charge tomorrow are Rockhampton's Christine Galinovic, Leigh Darcy, Steve Buhmann and Gladstone's Sharon Stott, Petro Kuiper, Mike Dunstan and Glen Cordon.



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