Michelle Hoffman, Bec Hitzke, Carissa Miller and son Colby at the Dalby Triathlon.
Michelle Hoffman, Bec Hitzke, Carissa Miller and son Colby at the Dalby Triathlon. Contributed

Bec goes from strength to strength

Bettering her target time by five minutes in a 20km bike ride has boosted the confidence of Warwick State High School teacher Bec Hitzke who is going from strength to strength in her new sport, triathlon.

Hitzke competed in her first triathlon as an individual at Stanthorpe on Australia Day, but had to step up in distance at Dalby in a half-Olympic distance triathlon. She was fourth women out of the water after the 500m swim in the Dalby pool and finished in the top six in a field of 40 women.

Hitzke was first in the 16 to 29 years age group in her second triathlon.

Like many triathlons, the Dalby bike leg was two legs of an out-and-back course.

"The ride was the toughest part of the triathlon as we rode into a 35kmh headwind," she said.

"It was hard work on the way out, but we had the wind at our backs coming back."

She was aiming for 46 minutes for the 20km ride and made it home in 41 minutes.

Hitzke will now compete in the half-Olympic distance triathlon which is part of the Luke Harrop Memorial Triathlon at the Gold Coast on April 22. She was part of a large contingent of Warwick competitors who made the trek to Dalby.

"I was happy to see my training partners Carissa Miller and Michelle Hoffman do really well in their first triathlons," Hitzke said.

Fellow Warwick High teacher Nathan Rogers did the swim and cycle legs in a team with Darling Downs primary school cross country representative Sophie Follett to finish second in the mixed teams event.

Rogers (rider), Hitzke (swimmer) and fellow Warwick High teacher Robert Stewart (runner) started the year with victory in the mixed teams class at the Hell of the West Triathlon at Goondiwindi.

Peter and Michelle Ferdinand backed up after the Hell of the West Triathlon to combine with Sophie's mother Debbie Follett, the team runner, in the same event at Dalby in an all Warwick High staff team.

At Goondiwindi, son Mark Ferdinand joined his parents in the teams event, but did two legs of the Dalby triathlon in combination with Sophie's sister Emily, a Year 8 student at Warwick High.



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