Schick set for Sunshine Coast
IN March Andrew Schick “accidentally” fell into the addictive sport of triathlons and this Sunday he now faces the oldest, biggest and most established race in Australian history on the Sunshine Coast.
It's the Noosa Triathlon and Rockhampton's Andrew Schick will dive head first into these unknown waters along with two other Rockhampton locals.
It attracts more than 5500 competitors from across the globe and was known for its tough 1500m swim, narrow 40km cycle and its gruelling 10km run.
But the sport was relatively new to the 39-year-old who competed in his first triathlon in March this year where he immediately became “addicted” to the sport.
“I always enjoyed running, but I have some friends that do cycling and swimming,” he said.
“So I started doing small races in the Frenchville Frogs triathlons and enjoyed it so much that I just kept backing it up.”
Local Adrian Price and Michael Busby will also go down to the event and the three have planned their own “personal” race.
“A group of us decided to compete against each other,” he said.
“The thing about triathlons is that it can be as serious as you want it to be, if you want you can enjoy the sport and its social aspects like we do.”
Schick said his strength was running, followed by cycling, and then swimming.
“Swimming will be the worst leg for me and running will be my strongest,” he said.
“I need to concentrate on running and excel in that because I won't do very well in the swimming - so my running will be how I will beat the other guys.”
Schick said he had set himself two goals: to finish the race and to beat Adrian Price.
“If I can't beat Price I won't be returning to Rockhampton,” he laughed.
Despite the light-hearted and enjoyment that Schick gets out of the sport, he still trains for hours each day.
He said he runs daily, trains three days a week in the pool and the other three days on the bike.
The Noosa Triathlon will be held this Sunday, November 1.
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