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Triathlon success for local athlete

YUNGABURRA local Megan Hendry (pictured) entered into her first triathlon six years ago on a whim, now she relentlessly trains and pushes herself in every event to see just how far she can go.

Megan discovered her love for triathlons in 2014 when she decided to enter the Yungaburra Triathlon that was happening just down the road.

What started off as a ‘why not’ decision has slowly cultivated into a burning passion for triathlons and pushing herself to see just what she can accomplish.

The idea of the three events combined into one is what got Megan excited as you can’t be good at just one leg of the race to be competitive.

“As soon as I finished that first sprint distance race that was it, I was all in from there,” Megan said.

“The challenge of the three sports is really what hooked me and the variety that it provides.

“Just because someone is a good runner, swimmer or cyclist doesn’t mean that they are going to have the advantage over everyone else.”

Since 2014 Megan has participated in a number of triathlons and was even lucky enough to participate in four in 2020, including the Cairns Ironman on Sunday, September 27.

In 2020 Megan has participated in the Geelong Ironman 70.3, the Olympic Distance Mooloolaba and the Coral Coast Triathlon and where she took out first overall in March.

“I’m one of the lucky ones that were able to race early in 2020,” Megan said.

“I had not a bad race down in Geelong I was pretty happy with my performance, I was in the top three for my age group in Mooloolaba which was good.

“I had a win at the local Coral Coast event coming out first overall being the top female.”

Last weekend’s IRONMAN challenge in Cairns was Megan’s fourth triathlon event of the year and she was happy with her placement despite falling behind in the run.

Starting off with a good swim and bike the heat got the best of her as she fell off during the run, however she is still very happy with her effort and placement.

“Overall I’m really happy it was very tough conditions that’s for sure,” she said.

“I finished in 5:08 so I placed second in my age group and fourth female overall.

“I led the women’s field into transition two but I just couldn’t quite hold enough pace to hold some of the quicker girls out.”

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