Sister act beats heat...and rivals

January 31, 2018

Ash and Maddy Kunowski won the women's team event at the Echuca-Moama Triathlon.

KYABRAM’S Kunowski sisters proved they’re a force to be reckoned with at the Echuca-Moama Triathlon on January 21.

Coming off the back of a win at the Challenge Shepparton triathlon in November last year, Maddy and Ashlea Kunowski proved the heat couldn’t take it out of them.

The pair took out the title for the women’s team event, with Maddy completing the swim and the run while Ashlea rode for the pair, finishing in 1 hour 17 minutes 38 seconds.

It was a winning formula, as the sisters proved their efforts in Shepparton could be replicated.

The pair were going to be up against one another, but an injury saw the two form a team to split events.

“Originally we were both going to compete in the Shepparton Triathlon separately but I broke my leg in May last year so I wasn’t feeling up to completing the whole thing,” Ashlea said.

“We won there and so I thought why not continue the winning combination?”

But this event was set to be more gruelling than the last, as the mercury soared above 40 degrees.

Both sisters said staying hydrated was key to their performance and recovery.

“When I saw the forecast I was glad we split the events,’’ Ashlea said.

‘‘Keeping hydrated was really important and thankfully I wasn’t too bad the next day.

“I was a bit jealous of Maddy for getting to complete the swim leg though.”

However things quickly heated up for Maddy as she shook off the swim and got into the run.

“It was probably one of the most gruelling triathlons I’ve done, mainly because of the heat,” Maddy said.

“About 48 hours before the event I was making sure to stay hydrated to get through the event effectively and efficiently.

“It helped with the recovery and I made sure to keep moving the day after rather than stopping and seizing up.”

Maddy will set her sights on upcoming triathlons around the region.

‘‘There are some coming up, Nagambie, Melbourne and more so I’m not sure which I’ll be looking to compete in,” Maddy said.

“Nothing’s set in stone so we’ll see what happens. I’ll keep my options open at this point.’’

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