Course jammed with mental and physical obstacles

Overcoming obstacles: Adelina Osborne, Katrina Cleary and Alicia Creswell before last year's event in Lake Tahoe. Picture: Anna Warr
Overcoming obstacles: Adelina Osborne, Katrina Cleary and Alicia Creswell before last year's event in Lake Tahoe. Picture: Anna Warr

Twelve months ago Adelina Osborne, Katrina Cleary and Alicia Cresswell decided to put their bodies through hell and enter the Spartan World Championships in Lake Tahoe, California.

In September they’ll do it all again.

The 21-kilometre obstacle course is situated in steep mountains and requires competitors at certain points to swim through water below zero degrees Celsius.

The Macarthur locals who train out of Fitness 2 Suit U in Mount Annan have been training between two and four hours a day for six days a week in preparation for the gruelling challenge.

Their trainer, Blake Johnson, said spartan races in Australia – like the one in Picton – were tough. But Lake Tahoe was next level.

“We have hills, they have mountains,” Johnson, who was also appointed the Australian trainer, said.

“It’s a whole different ball game over there.”

Alicia Creswell in action at last year's event in Lake Tahoe.

Alicia Creswell in action at last year's event in Lake Tahoe.

Creswell, 33, will head into the world championships full of confidence after taking out the spartan race in Townsville a few weeks ago.

The Gregory Hills resident who used to reside in Ruse said her performance in Lake Tahoe last year was hampered by a knee injury suffered in the race.

Though she said she was looking forward to tackling the Lake Tahoe course again.

“I couldn’t quite give it my best … but I still finished,” she said.

“This year I just want to give it my all and finish in the top 100 at least."

Mount Annan resident Cleary, 45, was also hindered by injury last year.

She said she was excited about the prospect of redemption.

“I want to walk away knowing I left it all on the mountain and I’ve been training harder than ever (since last year),” she said.

Alicia Creswell with coach Blake Johnson after her win in Townsville.

Alicia Creswell with coach Blake Johnson after her win in Townsville.

When asked why she wanted to put herself through the same pain as last year, Narellan Vale resident, Osborne, said “why not?”.

“I want to give my son someone to look up to and something to inspire him,” she said.

The water crossing almost broke the 29-year-old last year, but this year she would be better prepared for it.

“It was so cold – minus four degrees Celsius – and when I got to that point my emotions took over and I started to cry,” she said.

“This year I will be stronger – especially with the water crossing.”

The talented trio prepare for a gruelling race.

The talented trio prepare for a gruelling race.