No stopping Frogs athlete
CHERYL Ogden conquered pain, heat, the clock and a gruelling 113km course to win the 55-59 age division at the Queensland Long Course Triathlon Championship event held at Capricorn Resort recently.
Despite nursing a knee injury through the race, which was held in conjunction with the Rydges Half Ironman, the Frenchville Frogs competitor finished ahead of the competition in a time of five hours, 45 minutes and four seconds.
Ogden has been competing in triathlons since 2003 and said her passion for the sport helped eclipse the pain barrier on her way to another win at Rydges.
“I enjoy it so I'm determined not to let injuries worry me,” she said.
“The run was the toughest leg, with my injury I hadn't been able to do much run training so I struggled a bit on that but I got through it all right.”
“I like doing Rydges, it's a good race and I've had quite a few wins up there so it was good to have another one.”
Ogden trains every day and has competed in triathlons across the nation, but age hasn't quite caught up with the dedicated athlete.
“It does get harder as you get older; you don't recover as quickly so you have to change your training, but I just enjoy it so I struggle through injuries and whatever so that I can keep doing it,” she said.
Fifteen Gladstone athletes competed in the event, with Scott Murray of East Coast Cyco's second in the men's 25-29 age group.
‘Tough Up' of Tannum Sands and the Frenchville club finished second overall in the teams' event.