Off the couch and up for a challenge

Taylor CourtlandGeraldton Guardian
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Jason Clennick joined Geraldton Harriers Club three years ago as a way to get off the couch and stay active.

Since then he has also signed up with Geraldton Triathlon Club and completed two Half Ironmans, but December 7 in Busselton will be his biggest challenge yet.

Clennick, along with fellow locals Donna Meneguzzo, Robert Melville and Allison Roberts will tackle the 3.8km swim, 180km ride and 42.2km run course.

The owner of Lenard’s in Stirling Centre said he hoped the foursome could inspire people.

“When I joined Harriers, something like this was the furthest thing from my mind, ” Clennick said.

“Hopefully it can show people any goal is achievable.

“By no means are we top athletes, but it takes a lot of dedication and commitment.”

It will be Clennick’s first attempt at Ironman. The same goes for Melville and Roberts.

Meneguzzo brings the experience of one Ironman to the group and said the feeling of crossing the finish line and knowing what you’d achieved was exhilarating.

She was the one who talked Clennick into tackling one of the state’s toughest tests.

Clennick said he had quizzed Meneguzzo and some members of the triathlon club, on what to expect from the race.

“I think it is going to be quite painful, ” he said.

“I have received some tips and tricks. Most of all I must pace myself and not go full bore into it because I will not finish.

“I have a few times in mind I’ll aim for, but anything can happen on the day.”

The foursome has been completing a 20-week program which sees them train as many as four hours per day. Yesterday, Clennick said he rode 60km before work. He said he sometimes started sessions at 3am. In a typical week, the athletes train between 20 and 24 hours.

By no means are we top athletes, but it takes a lot of dedication and commitment Jason Clennick

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