SHE won at Bathurst on debut, she only just missed a podium in her first crack at Husky and now Kerry Maloney is set to tackle her maiden Olympic distance triathlon at Wollongong.
Maloney will join fellow GT Coaching triathletes Kath Stutsel, Keith Tuynman and Luke Gillmer in tackling the 1.5 kilometre swim, 40km cycle and 10km run course on Saturday as she looks to ice her maiden season.
It's a season in which she boasts a Bathurst Wallabies Triathlon Club short course victory, a second placing in the Carroll-Scott Memorial and a fourth out of 111 competitors in her division who tackled the sprint race at Husky.
Gillmer, who is also Maloney's coach, is confident she can do well.
"This is her first Olympic distance so this is her main race for the summer, this has been her focus all summer so it's really exciting she's going to do this longer event," he said.
"This is a stepping stone here for her and she'll go really well. She's a really fit girl, her fitness from CrossFit has translated really, really well and she's really motivated."
While Saturday's race shapes as Maloney's main goal this season, for the other Bathurst trio Wollongong will be used to prepare then for longer Ironman races which lie ahead.
For Gillmer and Stutsel, it is part of their build up for Ironman Australia which will be held at Port Macquarie on May 2.
It means that Wollongong will be more about racing well than results.
"Kath she's on her way to Ironman Australia, so this is just her last hit out for that," Gillmer said.
"So she's not really worried about anything too exciting happening, she just needs to have a good race before she moves on to Ironman.
"She's in really good shape, Kath's always in good shape, so she'll fly through it. It's a really, really good opportunity for one last race and three weeks out is perfect.
"I'm racing too it will be fun, I'm doing Ironman too so it's no rest, train all through this week, do Wollongong and then on to Ironman.
"I won't win anything but I'm always competitive so I'm not too worried, I just want to have a bit of fun. You do a race that is a bit faster than Ironman and it feels a bit easier."
Tuynman is working towards the Cairns Ironman in June and he has given himself an extra challenge before tackling the Wollongong Olympic distance race.
"He's actually doing a mountain bike race in Canberra the day before and is then doing the Olympic distance. His big goal is Cairns Ironman so he's trying to do things that are challenging and different this year," Gillmer said.
"This will be his 10th Cairns Ironman in a row so he's trying to mix it up. He'll do a mountain bike race and then the next day really good fatiguing training for an Ironman. It will keep his mind entertained."
The course at Wollongong includes swimming in Belmore Basin, riding along the scenic Illawarra coastline and running towards the lighthouse on Flagstaff Hill.
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