Triathletes ready for final pre-Olympics hit-out
Fri, 22 Jun 2012 2:25p.m.
Olympics-bound New Zealand triathlete Andrea Hewitt has spent the last week training at snail's pace as she heads into her final race before the London Games in six weeks.
All but two of New Zealand's six-strong triathlon team for London will race in Kitzbuhel, Austria this weekend, using the latest round of the world triathlon series to fine-tune for the London Olympics.
Hewitt, the top-ranked New Zealand triathlete, says the event will be her final serious hit-out before London after finishing fourth last Sunday in the Banyoles World Cup race in Spain.
Despite a solid travel schedule to get to Austria, Hewitt says she's feeling remarkably rested.
"Surprisingly, I feel more ready for this weekend after training at a snail's pace all week," she said.
"I'm happy to be training well for London and racing at the highest level at the same time. This is my last race before the Olympic Games ahead of six weeks of final preparation."
Joining her in Austria are fellow Olympians Nicky Samuels and Kate McIlroy, along with reserve Debbie Tanner also starting.
Bevan Docherty has made the move from his United States base to Europe for the men's race early on Monday (NZT), looking to stretch his legs ahead of London after a solid block of training.
"I know there are a lot of the big hitters in this event, and it's a great opportunity to gauge how things are coming along."
Docherty will be joined in Kitzbuhel by Olympic reserve Clark Ellice.
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