In training for the Australian Ironman triathlon at Port Macquarie on Sunday, from left, Terese Kunaeva, Jenni Williams, Anne G
In training for the Australian Ironman triathlon at Port Macquarie on Sunday, from left, Terese Kunaeva, Jenni Williams, Anne G

A tough way to spend your Sunday

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

HOW will you be spending your Sunday?

Maybe walk the dog, grab the paper then settle down to an afternoon of sport on telly or possibly go to one of the many local sporting contests that's on offer in town.

Then again if you're feeling energetic you could swim 3.8km, follow up with a 180km bike ride and then for good measure just to fill in time at the end of the day, go and run a marathon.

Not your cup of tea? Well it is for seven people from the area and they will spend this Sunday doing exactly that.

This weekend is the annual Ironman Australia Triathlon which is being held in Port Macquarie for the first time after being based for the last 20 years in Forster.

Used as a qualifier for the most famous Ironman event in the world Hawaii - the four local ladies competing this weekend admit that simply finishing the gruelling event is their main priority and that going to Hawaii is merely a bonus that might come their way.

Teresa Kunaeva, Anne Grundy, Wendy Maley and Jenni Williams might not be in the elite bracket of athletes racing in the Ironman this weekend but not one of them will hear that they're past their use by date.

"We're all over 50 so what we're doing should encourage older women to get out and enjoy a sport," Williams said.

"We're proof to all the full-time workers, mothers and elderly women that they can do it.

"A lot of people say to me 'Gee you're good' but I think for everyone of them 'you can do it too'."

The new course at Port Macquarie is a lot more undulating than the Forster course which should sap the energy levels of even the most hardened triathletes but these girls are determined to prove that the challenging hills might slow them down but it will not beat them.



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