Regional athletes head to the beach to freshen up for comps

LOCKYER District Athletics Club members have been receiving some variety in their preparations for major state and national events coming up.

Head coach Bailey Pashley took a group of his athletes for some beach training.

“It wasn’t all fun and games at last month’s special training day at the Gold Coast for these Lockyer Club athletes,” Pashley said.

However, the athletes enjoyed a cool dip between sessions.

“Beach training has become an annual event for these athletes which they now look forward to,” the experienced coach said.

The day begins with a 90 minute technique and speed session at a sports field before hitting the beach for water running and sand plyometrics.

The next session was a hard one on sand hills and just to finish the day.

There was a 10 lap repetition of 300m combination sand running and swim.

The training day was scheduled about a month before the Queensland championships as a final heavy load of strength and conditioning for the athletes.

“For the next four weeks, athletes have good strength base to hone their technique and start reducing the workload to be sharp and ready for the championships,” Pashley said.

The Queensland Junior Championships for under 14 to under 20 athletes start tomorrow, running until Sunday.