Susie doubles up at World Champs

16 08 2012

Suzie Aviss Training for Powerman Zofingen

Training for an endurance sport in a South Island Winter is not easy.  Heading to the gym for an hour workout where it’s warm and dry just doesn’t cut when you need to race a 10km run, 150km ride and 30km run.  That’s what is required for the Long Distance duathlon world champs being held at Powerman Zofingen  in Switzerland on 2nd September.

Leaving home on a frosty weekend morning for a solo 5 hour ride has been a weekly ritual for local duathlete Susie Aviss, as she prepares to take on her 5th duathlon world champs as part of the NZ age group team. This is her first crack at this distance, and she reckons her last, given the training required. Susie is one of three competimg for NZ.

A kiwi, Melanie Burke, won this event last year, and is heading back to defend her title.

Three weeks after the long course champs, Susie will be lining up for the ITU standard distance world champs in Nancy, France. This consists of a 10km run, a 40km bike and finishes with a 5km run. Eleven kiwis are entred for this event.

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