The International Triathlon Union will be hosting the Triathlon World championship in Beijing, China on Sept. 10-11.
Campbell River will be represented by Sandra Milligan, a member of the Strathcona Triathlon Club. She will compete in the age group Olympic distance event on Sunday. Milligan qualified to race at the world championship level in Kelowna at the Canadian Triathlon National Championships in 2010.
She will compete at the Olympic distance which is 1500m swim, a 40k bike and a 10 k run. The Beijing event will be held on the same course as the 2008 Olympic triathlon competition where Canada’s Simon Whitfield won a silver medal.
Milligan said that she has been training hard for this event.
“I train about 15 hours/week, with at least three workouts for each of the swim/bike/run and then yoga, weights and core exercises to stay limber and balanced,” she said.
Milligan’s children are bemused by her workout regimen. They do not understand why mom would want to get up at 5 a.m. to do a three-hour workout before they get out of bed. However Milligan’s children along with her sister and nephew from northern B.C. will be in Beijing to cheer her on.
For more information on the Beijing world championship events, race video and results go to http://beijing.triathlon.org