Triathlon glamour couple moving to Sunshine Coast
TRIATHLON: Glamour couple Brad Kahlefeldt and Radka Vodickova believe a move to the Sunshine Coast can propel them to great heights.
The Australian 36-year-old and Czech 31-year-old shifted to Noosaville about five months ago and so far they're relishing it.
Kahlefeldt, a two-time Olympian and Commonwealth Games gold medallist, says the change will help him press his claims at the Ironman World Championship. His partner, who has also competed at the Games, is intent on making a mark at the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship at Mooloolaba.
"You're always looking for those little one-percenters and ways you can gain something on your opposition and I think the environment where you train is very important," Kahlefeldt said.
"You have to be happy where you train and if you've got the right terrain to train on and the right people to train with you, then it's going to work for you.
"I think it's a positive move, training up here. We love it, so hopefully we can stay for many years."
Initially from New South Wales, Kahlefeldt spent 12 years at the Gold Coast and a year at Lennox Heads before moving to Noosa with Vodickova. The two met two years ago.
He switched from Olympic-distance racing (1.5km swim, 40km ride, 10km run) to 70.3 racing (1.9km swim, 90km ride, 21.1km run) three years ago.
Then this year, he moved up to the ironman distance (3.8km swim, 180km ride, 42.2km run), snaring an impressive third place in his debut at the Ironman Asia Pacific Championship in Melbourne before failing to finish at the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii.
"I'm still a bit raw with ironman, a bit wet behind the ears at that distance, so Kona wasn't fantastic for me but I learnt a lot," he said.
"I'd absolutely love to win it. A realistic chance going back next year would be a top-5 or top-10. Kona is one of those races that takes a while to get right, with the heat and wind and the course."
Meanwhile, Vodickova has her sights on the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in September.
"It's going to be at Mooloolaba which is great because it will be something of a home race," she said.
"I think it makes a big difference to feel like you're at home and to properly acclimatise to the weather and course. People from the Coast will have a big advantage racing here."
She was on the podium at Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast in 2014 and 2015.
The duo joins an already-renowned group of triathletes on the Sunshine Coast, many of whom train together at Noosa.
"I really love it (here)," Vodickova said.
"I've been travelling the world racing everywhere and I've seen many beautiful places but this place where said I could actually stay here and live here."
The pair will be based overseas during the European summer racing season.