Say aloha to our ironman

By RACHAEL BORICH

ROCKHAMPTON triathlete Peter Reaburn has crossed one finish line, but just around the corner is a much longer and tougher challenge.

Reaburn, 50, won the Queensland long-course championship after winning his 50-54 years division at the Seaspray Rydges Capricorn Half Ironman on the Capricorn Coast on Sunday.

The 1.9km swim, 90km ride and 21.km run, he covered in 4:41.41, was a training run for Reaburn who will represent Australia at the World Ironman Championships in Kona, Hawaii, on October 15.

"It was a good confidence booster,'' Reaburn said. "I've been doing a ridiculous amount of training so I'm recovering well.''

Reaburn is not just going to Hawaii for the experience, he is going there to win.

The Central Queensland University professor has taken leave from work and is training between 25 and 30 hours a week. "There's no short-cuts.''

Reaburn sums up the Hawaiian event in three elements ? balanced nutrition, pacing and coping with the heat which can hit 35 degrees Celcius combined with humidity levels around 85%.

He plans to sustain intense training over the next eight weeks leading into his departure.

Another Central Queensland success story in Sunday's half ironman, which attracted more than 400 starters, was Woorabinda's Haylee Ford, 24, who won the women's 18-24 years division in 5:06.49.

Gladstone's Prue Oswin, 27, placed second in the women's 2529 years division in 5:05.38.

Reaburn, Ford and Oswin are Frenchville Frogs Triathlon Club members.



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