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Bundaberg athletes ready for a cold reception in Canada

CANADA BOUND: Andrew Martin and Sherry Ey are off to Canada to compete in the 70.3 Ironman World Championships. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
CANADA BOUND: Andrew Martin and Sherry Ey are off to Canada to compete in the 70.3 Ironman World Championships. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

WHEN travellers search for Mont-Tremblant, Canada, on the internet they find dozens of beautiful photographs featuring snow-capped mountains, maps of ski runs and picturesque resorts where hot chocolate would be on tap to warm everyone up after they come in from the cold.

The kind of place where there is always something to do and also where a few layers of clothing is never enough.

And when Bundaberg's Sherry Ey and Andrew Martin start their adventure at the foot of Mont-Tremblant they will be decked out in little more than a thin coating of lycra and a wetsuit.

Ey and Martin are flying to Canada Sunday to compete at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships on September 7.

With months of preparation under their belts there is no doubt they are both fit enough but Martin said the temperature of the water was the only thing, in the nearly five hours he will race for, that concerns him.

Ey cast her mind back to a past event where conditions were similar and she said strangely her least favourite leg (swim) might give her a chance to warm up.

"The water temperature in New Zealand was 16 degrees and that was really warm compared to what the sand and the air was," Ey said.

"We had to get in the water to warm up - so I'm not really worried about the weather after being that cold."

Against 170 competitors in her age group (45-49 years) Ey will be in one of the last waves to leave the start line and was already looking forward the end of the swim leg.

Martin did a full ironman (3.8km swim, 180km ride and 42.2km run) in Melbourne and he said after his experience there he wasn't daunted by any part of his race.

"I don't mind all of them now, before Melbourne when I did a full ironman down there I was a bit apprehensive about the swim because I was running into the water with 2,500 people," Martin said.

"That ended up being the most relaxing part of the whole day once you got into the swim."

The luxury resorts will taunt the pair as they swim 1.9km in a cool lake, ride 90km over undulating terrain with a total climb of 900m (15% maximum gradient) and run a half marathon (21.1km).

But far from being apprehensive they both are looking forward to standing on the start line with hundreds of the fittest athletes in the world.

While Ey and Martin are racing around Mont-Tremblant paratriathlete Mark Urquhart will be competing in the world championships in Edmonton. For Bundaberg to have three athletes in the Australian team shows the future of the sport here is bright.

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