Tri giving it a tri
COMPETING against the best in the world might sound daunting for some.
But for Ballina Triathlon Club trio Angela Davie, Janelle Ware and Georgia Rhodes, it will be all about fun when they represent Australia at the World Championship Age Group Triathlon in October.
"Triathlon is nothing compared to being a mother of three and running a job," Ware said.
"It's like we've already done endurance sport and this is just the icing on the cake.
"But it is a lot of training and hard work, so to make it and wear the green and gold is awesome."
The three women will compete at the world championships in Auckland, New Zealand for the first time in their careers.
It is an Olympic distance race, with a 1.5km swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run.
Davie will compete in the 50-55 year category, with Rhodes and Ware in the 40-49 category.
Despite going up against each other, Rhodes and Ware have no intentions of hindering the other's preparation in the lead-up.
"We probably wouldn't be here without each other," Ware said.
"It can get hard with early mornings and being out in the cold.
"We're preparing for winter training now and we'll step it up a bit in August."
The trio expects the most competition from European and Australian competitors.
And like any sport, the cost to travel and compete can be tough.
"We've been to Geelong, Mooloolaba and Sydney to qualify, so it's been expensive already," Rhodes said.
"It's all time out of work, accommodation, bike bags and uniforms as well.
"We just about pay for everything unfortunately."
They also expect a challenge with the course, set around the city of Auckland.
"It's in the city and a lot of it is going to be up-hill," Davie said.
"The water will be freezing and that will be our biggest test.
"The Europeans will be in their peak season and we'll be coming out of the off-season, so they will have an advantage there too."
Club members Phil Cook and Lyn Hopkinson will compete in the sprint distance race in New Zealand.
The women thanked their coaches Grant and Tim, from Aeromax in Lennox Head.
"My husband helps train me on the bike and it all helps," Davie said.
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The Lennox Head Duathlon will run for the fourth consecutive year on Sunday week.
It is a run-bike-run for children aged between five and 12. It is run by a handful of parents, with the emphasis on fun and fitness.
The event starts at 8.30am at the Lennox Head Sport and Recreation Ground. Entry forms are available from Sunrise Cycles and the Lennox Head Library.