PODIUM FINISH: Warwick triathlete Jacqueline Henricks finished second at the Kingscliff Triathlon at the weekend.
PODIUM FINISH: Warwick triathlete Jacqueline Henricks finished second at the Kingscliff Triathlon at the weekend. Erin Smith

Henricks tunes up for a hectic program ahead

DESPITE being up against a tough head wind and some high temperatures, Southern Downs Triathlon Club member Jacqueline Henricks claimed second in her age group at the Kingscliff Triathlon at the weekend.

The event was Henricks' third Olympic distance event, featuring a 1.5km swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run.

She finished second in the 25-29 years old female category and was the sixth female overall.

"I was pretty happy with my result," she said. "It was windy and hot which made it a challenging race."

Henricks crossed the line in two hours and 11 minutes, just over a minute behind the category winner.

"It was a good flat, fast course with a bit of a hill in the run," she said.

"The wind was punishing, some of the small girls were getting blown around the road."

Henricks was doing up to a two swims, three rides and two runs a week, over an eight-week period to prepare for the event.

"It was difficult to fit it in between my work and life schedule, especially around Christmas," she said.

But Henricks is not packing up the triathlon gear just yet with several more races left in the season.

In two weeks, she will head to the Redlands for the Gatorade Triathlon Series sprint distance event at Raby Bay.

Henricks said it would be a great practice run for the bigger events left in the season, including her first attempt at the Goondiwindi Hell of the West in February next year.

The triathlete said she would start training for the 2km swim, 80km cycle leg and 20km run after a week's recovery.

"I will still have the same amount of sessions but will just increase the distances," she said.

"I am aiming for a time of four hours and 20 minutes."

Fellow Southern Downs Triathlon Club members Julius Sakrewski, John Creed and Scott Peterson also competed in the event.



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