Warrnambool’s Kristy McLaren crosses the finish line as the first female home.MOST people see pleasure and pain as contrasting but when it comes to Kristy McLaren’s definition of fun, they go hand-in-hand.
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The athlete yesterday clinched her first Warrnambool Triathlon Club Foreshore Triathlon, claiming overall female honours despite being a relative newcomer to the sport.

McLaren has been a member of the Warrnambool Triathlon Club for about 18 months.

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“I just wanted to try something different I guess,” she said.

“I’ve always done swimming but I was pretty new to bike riding and running.

“It’s been a lot of fun.”

She described the sport as an all-round rewarding experience.

“I suppose it’s just the challenge of it, just that you’re always pushing yourself,” she said.

“For me, the best part of it is probably the training, things like going on long bike rides with other people.”

Yesterday’s event saw her complete a 20-kilometre ride, which was sandwiched between a 500-metre swim and five-kilometre run. “The swim was really choppy,” she said. “With the wave starts and the girls starting together, that was good.”

The 30-year-old came out of Lady Bay as the leader before a difficult bike leg, with competitors contending with a strong breeze.

“It was so windy, especially at Viaduct Road but it was a good course,” she said before admitting that cycling was not her strength.

“It has improved though.

“That’s what I’ve really been working on.”

It helped her hold onto the lead going into the run, which featured the western section of the promenade footpath which was lined with spectators.

“The first lap I felt pretty good but the second lap, the heat just got to me and I slowed up a bit,” she said.

“The third lap I finished off pretty strong.”

Her triumph came in one hour, 11 minutes and 31 seconds.

The Warrnambool resident has two half ironman events in Yeppoon and Shepparton pencilled in on her 2012 calendar.

“I’ve started doing base training in preparation for those,” she said.

“I did Shepparton last year and I loved it.”

Rounding out the female podium yesterday was Lisa Worrall (1:12.17) and Angela Cook (1:15.10).

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