Triathletes tune in for tips from the best

TRIATHLON: More than 80 athletes will come together this weekend to learn the ropes of triathlons from the best in the business, including Commonwealth Games gold medallist Brad Kahlefeldt.

The Frenchville Frogs and Rockhampton Roadrunners have combined their clubs to initiate their first Triathlon and Running 101 Clinic that starts at 5.30am today at CQ University and will continue tomorrow at Rydges Capricorn Resort.

The clinic will analyse almost all aspects of triathlons starting from the basics in expertise, coaching in swimming, cycling and running.

The weekend will also have workshops that delve into bike maintenance, nutritional workshops, transitional training, flexibility and core strength testing, physiotherapy and open-water swimming.

But what will stand above all is the appearance and mentoring of Commonwealth Games Champion Brad Kahlefeldt.

Kahlefeldt will present a workshop that explores the life of an elite triathlete and an afternoon track session.

Organiser of the event Grant Tidbury said the event was a must for all those interested, no matter how competitive.

“It’s not very often that you will get a professional like Brad at this price ($10), as it is normally about $300 for a weekend with someone of his calibre,” he said.

Tidbury said the clinic would attract beginners and club-level runners.

“We are trying to dispel the myth that it is only for competitive people because it is actually the complete opposite.

Tidbury said the two-day clinic would to have about 100 people participating but not all would compete in the cycling, swimming and running races.

“It is optional; some people might just want to come down and watch the swimming sessions,” he said.

CQ Physio will coach the flexibility and core-strength workshop and two running demonstrations, and Libby Hoffmann will conduct a seminar of nutrition.

Dan Atkins and Cath Rogers will coach the swimming, riding and running workshops and Russell Tucker will present the bike maintenance and position check workshops.

The workshops will be used by some as training and a lead-up to the next round of the Frenchville Frogs triathlon Sunday, November 22.

Tidbury said the clinic was a chance to give back to the members of the Frenchville Frogs and the Rockhampton Roadrunners, but non-members were also welcomed.

The clinic will begin at the CQ University and will continue at Rydges Capricorn Resort, Yeppoon tomorrow.

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