Gladstone triathletes Karlene Kilgour and James Ferris are off to Oklahoma to compete in the International Triathlon Union Longcourse World Championships on September 25.

The talented pair will join fellow locals Ryan McLoughlin and Leyne Ryder for the event that will feature a 4km swim, 120km bike ride and 30km swim.

"My preparations actually have been very limited and have had some time off to be honest," Ferris said.

He will compete in the 35 to 39-year age category in an event that will not be foreign to him despite a setback.

"I made the Half Ironman team in 2014 in Canada, but unfortunately didn't go because of knee issues," Ferris said.

"I did go to the World Duathlon Championships in Adelaide late last year."

Both Ferris and Kilgour will prepare for Oklahoma in a competition in two weeks.

"We are going to Port Macquarie Half Marathon in two weeks which is also a qualifier for the World Champs on the Sunshine Coast in September," Ferris said.

He said his focus is on the swim which he identifies as his weakest aspect.

"Running is my strength as is the bikes," Ferris added.

There's plenty of motivation all because of the sensation he feels at the end of a race.

"I find it as the best thing running down the finishing schute and it makes it all worth while," Ferris added.

"I'm aiming for the top 20 in the world and top five in Australia after it."

Kilgour, who is in the 30 to 34 age group, trains regularly with fiancé McLoughlin and she said that the tactics are more about personal accomplishment.

"It's about focussing on your own race and not to worry about what anyone else is doing," she said.

"I will focus on this and will try to get in the top 10 per cent in the world for my age group."


Karlene Kilgour: 30-34 year age group

James Ferris: 35-39 year age group

Ryan McLoughlin 40-44 year age group

Leyne Ryder 25-29 year age group

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