Ironman ready for world challenge

A VERY proud Gladstone mum is hoping her son Peter Breadsell has been keeping his fluids up before he lines up with 1800 other athletes for the 2011 Ironman World Championships at Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Marion Breadsell said she would watch Peter's race on her computer when it is streamed live tomorrow.

"I'm so proud," she said.

"You have to be invited to participate in the event.

"I'm disappointed I couldn't get over there so I'm going to watch it on the computer instead."

When it started in 1977 the 140.6 mile challenge combined the three toughest endurance races in Hawaii - the 2.4-mile Waikiki Rough water Swim, 112 miles of the Around-O'ahu Bike Race and the 26.2-mile Honolulu Marathon - into one event. Now the race has been moved from Waikiki to Kona.

"He trains for 30 hours a week," Marion said.

"He has to have a nutritionist to make sure he keeps healthy."

Before Peter, 37, moved from Gladstone to Brisbane eight years ago, he excelled on the cricket scene.

"As a kid he played cricket six or seven days a week," Marion said.

"Then he played for Queensland and Queensland Country.

"But when he moved to Brisbane he didn't want to commit to playing cricket but he wanted to stay fit so he joined the cycling club - it's just all gone from there."

Peter has completed several Ironman events already including Ironman UK held in Bolton, England in July.

He came first in his age group and 13th out of 1089 competitors in the event.

 

The test

  • The Hawaiian Iron Man Triathlon started in 1977 combining the three toughest endurance races in Hawaii - the 2.4-mile Waikiki Rough water Swim, 112 miles of the Around-O'ahu Bike Race and the 26.2-mile Honolulu Marathon - into one event.
  • Athletes battle the "ho'omumuku" crosswinds of 45 mph, 95 degree temperatures and a scorching sun.

Source: Ford Ironman World Championships website


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