National podium for newcomer to sport
BIKING: She might barely be a few year’s into her mountain biking foray, but Emma Rhymer has exceeded her own expectations at a national event.
Competing at the WEMBO Asia Pacific Championships/Australian Titles, a 24 hour event, Rhymer was simply happy to participate at only her second full day endurance competition.
But she went and found herself on the podium, with a silver medal draped from her neck.
“There were titles up for grabs from the same race. So no pressure.
“In saying that I tried not to think about placing. It was only my second event,” she said.
The race took place in Armidale, at the University of New England campus.
“There’s technical sections, there’s easy sections, but even those easier sections become difficult when you’re fatigued and racing at 3-4 in the morning.
“But in the end I came second. Placed second by about 22 minutes. Over 24 hours that’s reasonably close.”
While she isn’t in the elite category, she’s proud of her success in her 45-49 year old age section.
“I was absolutely thrilled with that.”
Over the 24 hours she’d set a goal of completing 250 kilometres. She managed 251.9.
One lap of the course was just shy of 10 kilometres.
Wanting to stay fit, Rhymer took up mountain biking a week before her 41st birthday and she’s now turned 45.
“I went on year 9 camp, obviously I’m a school teacher, and it was one of the activities.
“I barely rode a bike as a kid. But I wanted to find something to stay fit that wasn’t the gym.”
Partner Dylan Rhymer is her number one fan and support.
“He’s my one man pit crew.
“He competes a little but he’s not as competitive as I am.”
In the lead up to the event, she says she utilised Stanthorpe’s own mountain biking tracks to keep on top of her preparation.
“Having that here has been great. The number of mums and kids and dads and kids has been wonderful. They’re getting lots of use.”
She credited iRide Bikes in Toowoomba for their continued support.