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.