Fitness bug bites Carmichael

WHAT started as nothing more than effort to get fit has snowballed into triathlon success for Gympie’s Kate Carmichael.

Carmichael completed the Bribie Island Triathlon Series on the weekend, taking out first place in the 55-59 years section.

The series consisted of four races, held in October, December, February and last weekend.

Carmichael finished with one second and three firsts in those events.

“In the first race I got second, which gave me the incentive to go and buy a new bike,” Carmichael said.

“The new bike helped cut my times and I won the other races.

“Not only did I win my section, I was faster than a lot of the ladies younger than me.

“I don’t enter the races to get trophies or anything like that, I really compete against myself.

“I want to get my times down and it is a good feeling completing the races because you feel like you have achieved something.

“I’m also pretty competitive – I always have been.”

Carmichael is now contemplating whether she will stick with triathlon or focus her energy on cycling. “I really enjoy the cycle part of triathlon, and swimming really takes me out of my comfort zone – I don’t like swimming.

“The triathlon season is over now so I will keep training to keep my fitness levels up and decide if I will just focus on cycling or triathlon.”

Carmichael’s fitness kick started at James Nash State High School, where she is an administration officer.

The school ran a Keep Fit for Life program last year, which ran over 12 weeks and involved participants doing a variety of exercises to get in shape.

At the end of that Carmichael, home economics teacher Jo Laing and physical education teacher Renee Brown decided to keep the ball rolling and enter the Bridge to Bridge run in Brisbane.

By the end of the run the fitness bug had well and truly set in for Carmichael and her fitness friends.

They entered the Pinkies Triathlon in Kawana and then stepped up a level to the Bribie Island series.

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