See why busy Bec is taking on the world
PREPARING to represent Australia a third time, Ipswich triathlete Bec Ungermann has received little time to put her feet up.
But even for a podiatrist, that's the way she likes it.
Working for Queensland Health, training 30 hours a week and helping young people learn more about her sport keeps the Booval-based allrounder motivated and happy.
"I guess because I enjoy everything, I find the time,'' Ungermann, 28, said.
Her next major conquest is in the United States, tackling the World Long Course Championships in Oklahoma on September 25.
It will be her third occasion in Australian colours, having contested previous events in Auckland and London.
She also won the 2014 Fiji International Sprint women's event and placed second overall competing against the men.
A bout of glandular fever around the Gold Coast Marathon weekend in July slowed her down for six weeks.
However, she is looking fit, relaxed and healthy as she prepares to tackle her latest mission - a 4km swim, 120km bike ride and 30km run.
"I'm feeling like I'm back on track,'' she said.
Competing in the US, Ungermann expects the conditions to be similar to Ipswich, between 12 and 20 degrees.
She qualified for the national team after winning her 25-29 years age event at the Goondiwindi Hell of the West long course event in January. She knocked 30 minutes off her previous best in that event, showing how far she has progressed in the sport.
"I really worked on my weakness for that one,'' she said, reflecting on her success over the 2km swim, 80km ride and 18km run.
The Ipswich sportswoman spent the past 12 months focusing on her latest US quest, having also finished second in Hervey Bay in November.
When asked what she learnt from her previous two world long course championships, she said: "Being confident on handling the bike courses. There's lot of weaving so it's being quite tactical with that.''
The former Bremer State High School student rides between 200 and 400km a week, including a regular trip to Wacol and back.
She has swimming sessions at Ipswich Girls' Grammar School and does regular afternoon runs on the track with other Ipswich enthusiasts.
While the world long course championships are a major event, Ungermann is already considering one of the toughest sporting challenges on earth - a gruelling ironman triathlon.
"I guess I keep taking each challenge as it comes,'' she said.
"Doing the Olympic distances I feel quite comfortable with, I thought I would take it to the next step.
"Ironman is the next step again but we'll see how this one goes first.''
Before leaving Ipswich for Oklahoma, she'll oversee another of her BOSS projects helping others improve a variety of triathlon skills and how to prepare properly.
A two-day multisport holiday camp is being organised at Ipswich Girls' Grammar School on September 17 and 18.
She hopes the drills, mini-triathlons, video analysis and nutrition sessions help the next generation of young triathletes continue on their path and assists them compete at upcoming events including the annual Ipswich Tuffkidz competition.
That is set down for October 23 at Ipswich State High School.
When she returns from the US, she'll also help Ipswich competitors prepare for Met West and aquathlon team selection.
Ungermann regularly works with a group of more than 30 regional juniors.
"The fundamental skills are important whether you're a novice or an elite athlete,'' she said.
"I was down at the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) a couple of months ago working in the national talent squad and even these guys going to Rio were still doing cornering, starts and stops, balancing activities - and things that we work with the juniors are still being used by the elite.''
A two-day series of challenging, skill-based and fun events are being held at Ipswich Girls' Grammar School on September 17 and 18.
The school holiday events cater for everyone keen to learn about triathlon or wanting to further their knowledge.
Under the BOSS Triathlon program, the activities include swimming, riding, running and games for TRYstars (beginners aged 5-12), MiniBOSS (9-12 year olds), TriBOSS (advanced 12-17 years) and BOSSchicks (specifically for women).
Inquiries with Rebecca Ungermann on 0457 868315.