Triathlon clinic aids athletes

TRIATHLON: The best way to learn is from the very best and Rockhampton’s athletes had this rare chance at the weekend.

Commonwealth gold medallist Brad Kahlefeldt came for a two-day crash course on running and triathlons in Rockhampton, where he inspired a group of local athletes in his beloved sport.

The Triathlon and Running 101 clinic was hosted by Frenchville Frogs and Rockhampton Road Runners at CQUniversity, and initiated the program for athletes of all levels from beginners to professionals.

Organiser Grant Tidbury said the weekend ended at Rydges Capricorn Resort and was “awesome” with a good turnout of about 80 participants.

“I think a lot of people were surprised with someone of Brad’s calibre to be in Rockhampton,” he said.

“We don’t usually get the best for a full day.”

The weekend had workshops that uncovered bike maintenance, swimming techniques, running courses, nutritional foods and other in-depth workshops.

Tidbury said in the bike set-up workshop people were able to shed seconds from their time, which has given competitors a boost for the upcoming race this weekend.

“In triathlons there are three sports in one, basically, and to know all the aspects of each of those sports takes a lot of time,” he said.

“I think after this clinic we will have some pretty fierce racing in next weekend’s event.”

Tidbury said one young competitor had travelled from Longreach for the clinic.

“The turnout was pretty impressive and I think if we had more time and advertising we could have had more,” he said.

Tidbury said it is likely that Rockhampton would see a similar clinic in 2010.

“I will certainly consider something similar for next year and the coaches are certainly keen,” he said.

Tidbury expects competitors to put some of their knowledge into action in race four of the Frenchville Frogs Triathlon.

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