Veterans have the edge on the field

AN Ipswich trio has proven increasing years can be a positive when it comes to gaining a competitive edge.

Swimmer Shiralee Bielenberg, runner John Baguley and cyclist Col Richards won their third straight mixed Masters (over-40) Noosa Triathlon last Sunday.

"We're all quite happy with ourselves," North Ipswich's Bielenberg said.

"It was much the same as previous years. We haven't all gone down hill that much.

"It's getting easier nerves-wise."

The race has become harder in one respect, with swelling numbers pushing back the start time for the better competitors.

It didn't worry Bielenberg too much, but she felt sympathy for Silkstone's Richards, who had to ride under the midday sun.

"We didn't go until 10 to 10," Bielenberg said. "It's getting bigger and bigger every year."

Experience counts for the Ipswich trio, who know exactly what it takes to get the best result.

"I train three to four times a week in the pool," Bielenberg said.

"Fitness-wise it's okay but you need to do some surf swimming. It's very different.

"I try to do some open-water swims through the year."

While the three over-40s are still dealing with their competition comfortably, Bielenberg was not going to make any claims about the prospects of extending their triumphant streak in future years.

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