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Roberts gets ready

By Mark Etheridge

Kate Roberts, our leading women’s triathlete, is hard at training back in Australia after recuperating from a hip injury in Bloemfontein late last year.

Roberts, who ended 2010 ranked the world’s seventh-best triathlete, has stuck to the formula that brought her so much success during the year and headed back Down Under for her training with some of the world’s best athletes.

“I’m back in Canberra (Australia) and arrived just in time to see the New Year in — 10:30pm on New Year’s Eve,” said Roberts on Thursday. “So from 1 January I’ve been back at work training and my body is hating me right now. The injury has healed somewhat but not entirely so I’m still in a strenuous rehab programme and needing to watch my SIJ (Sacroliac joint pain — lower back) very closely.”

Bad news for her fans, good news for her competitors, is that Roberts won’t be racing anytime soon. “I really need to build back my fitness,” she said.

Her first race will be on 27 March (the Mooloolaba World Cup, in Australia). “Afte that I’ll race the first leg of the World Championship Series in Sydney on 10 April and then go home for about five weeks.”

During her time back home the 27-year-old will race Africa Champs on 14 May before heading to her European base of Davos, Switzerland where she’ll be looking to continue the good form she showed on the World Championships Series circuit.

“Those races will be in Spain, Austria, Hamburg, London and the final of the series is in Beijing, China… the same course we used for the Beijing Olympics in 2008.”

Significantly, the London leg of the circuit in August will be held over the same course as will be used for the 2012 Olympic Games.
“I’ll come back after Beijing for a bit and then this cycle will continue until the Olympics next August. My immediate goal for the year is to improve on last year and ulitmately get onto a podium in a World Championships Series.”

And she’s in no doubt as to what this will take. “There’ll be a lot of blood, sweat and tears involved in getting there but I’m very excited to be back in Australia and back to hard work,” she concluded.


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