RACE READY: Jodie Wilson preparing or her first full triathlon in Agnes Water this Sunday. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
RACE READY: Jodie Wilson preparing or her first full triathlon in Agnes Water this Sunday. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Wilson prepares for her first triathlon

ABOUT five months ago Jodie Wilson wouldn't be caught dead riding a bike or swimming in open water.

But tomorrow, the 37-year-old Bundaberg Y Fitness instructor and team leader will tackle her first triathlon at Agnes Water.

Wilson said her triathlon journey began with a kind gift from friends.

"At Easter a group of friends got together and bought me a bike," she said.

"I started riding in May and the last couple of months I have been training pretty hard."

Many falls and a few scars later, Wilson said she was excited ahead of her big day with only one concern.

"I am absolutely petrified of the swim section because I don't know on any given day what the open water will be like," she said.

"Once the swim is done I can enjoy the rest of the day," she said.

In preparation for the gruelling 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run, Wilson said she had trained hard with 4.30am wake-up calls on top of being a mum - a fulltime job in its own right.

"Last Saturday I did my first 100km bike ride," she said.

"I doubted myself all week but I loved it."

However, for Wilson the Agnes Water Triathlon is merely the warm-up act with the Hervey Bay 100 on November 23 the main prize

"I actually turn 38 that day," she said, laughing.

"It is a 2km swim, 80km ride and 18km run."

Wilson said the support of local group Bundy's Awesome Triathletes - who have nicknamed her GI Jodie - has given her that extra edge along with sound advice.

"Go out there and give it a go," she said.

The Agnes Water Triathlon starts at 7.30am at Tom Jeffrey Park and Main Beach.

To follow Jodie's journey, visit Team BAT (Bundy's Awesome Triathletes) Facebook page.