Mark Lane, Damien Windle and Chris Murphy, of Team Nissan, after winning their class at the Nissan BRW Corporate Triathlon National Series.
Mark Lane, Damien Windle and Chris Murphy, of Team Nissan, after winning their class at the Nissan BRW Corporate Triathlon National Series.

Fitness bug is catching

AT 38 years of age, Chris Murphy has caught the fitness bug through triathlon and couldn’t be happier in his new sport.

Murphy joined with former Warwick Cowboys rugby league under-18 team-mate Mark Lane and retired Australian Hockey League player Damien Windle in the Warwick Nissan team to win the trades and retail services and industry class in the Nissan BRW Corporate Triathlon National Series at the Gold Coast late last month.

In most team events, each participant does a different discipline but all three each did the 400-metre swim, 10-kilometre bike ride and 4km run on The Spit at the Gold Coast.

Well-credentialed triathlete Windle led the team off and was timed at 45 minutes, 33 seconds. Debutant Murphy was next into the water and finished in one hour, one minute, with Lane, the anchor triathlete, finishing with 51:52.

Warwick Nissan was 158th overall in a field of 823 and first in their category.

Murphy was delighted with his time in his first triathlon.

“Nissan is a major sponsor so it was a good opportunity to try something different,” Murphy, the dealer principal of Peter Stewart Nissan, said.

“It was one of the hardest things I have ever done.

“On the day, the swim was the hardest as I got a bit over excited and went a big harder than at training.

“It was tough running through 500 metres of sand from the swim to the transition area for the bike leg.

“I got my breath back on the bike.”

Murphy said now he had the triathlon bug, he would do a few more.

“I am 38 so it is never too old to have a crack at a triathlon,” he said.

There are no plans to travel interstate to other legs of the series.



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