Training launches into race assault

By AARON KELLY THEY share the same sporting passion and drive, and after months of training all the sacrifices are about to pay off for a determined Rockhampton trio.

Wayne Clifford, Grant Tidbury and Peter Reaburn are bound for Hawaii this week ready to conquer the world.

Clifford, 40, and Tidbury, 26, will contest this Sunday's world triathlon championships in Honolulu.

Clifford (40-44 years male) is making his third Australian age team appearance, while Tidbury makes his debut in the 2529 years male age bracket.

Both athletes have their goals for the Olympic event ? a 1.5km swim, 40km ride and 10km run.

Clifford wants to improve on a top finish after he finished 20th in Portugal last year.

"I think the course will suit my style of racing and anything inside that will be sensational,'' Clifford said.

It has been a rapid rise for Tidbury, who swam in board shorts and borrowed a mate's bike for his first race just two years ago.

"I had absolutely no idea, finished about third last and just snuck in before the cut-off time,'' Tidbury recalls.

"That was my first experience and I loved it.''

For Reaburn, a much longer and tougher challenge awaits.

The 50-year-old will realise a sporting dream when he joins the world ironman championships in Kona on October 15.

Competing in the 50-54 years male division, Reaburn has been training between 25 and 30 hours a week to cover the gruelling 3.8km swim, 180km ride and 42.2km run.

"I'm going over to do my very best and want the race to reflect the commitment and training I've done,'' Reaburn said.

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