Orange Cycle and Triathlon Club president Frank Ostini is already feeling the buzz around the government's decision to allow groups of up to 10 people in an outdoor area and expects the Piranhas to act on it quickly with training sessions in numbers.
Prior to the adjustment, only two-person groups were allowed to exercise together and while Ostini's adamant the restrictions didn't stop the Piranhas from exercising, the easing of those rules will no doubt see more athletes getting amongst it.
"No one's backed off in training but you can expect all the groups exercising to pick back up again," Ostini said. "People are already getting organised to do things together starting (Friday) morning."
On a personal level, Ostini's pumped to get back out there with his mates and will make the transition from the living room to the track this weekend.
"A few of us have been doing virtual riding from our lounge room," he said.
"On Saturday afternoon we'll be at Mount Canobolas on our bikes and I already know there's a group of 10 heading out on sunday to hike 20 kilometres. Everyone's getting organised."
While a lot of the larger tournaments - such as the prestigious City2Surf event in October - look to be a huge chance of having to reschedule to 2021, Ostini thinks the end-of-year Interclub tournament will still go ahead.
"I think that event will be fine but bigger events like Ironman... I don't think they'll be on until next year," he said.
"There's no way they'll let 80,000 people compete and a further 50,000 people watch."
The Sydney-based event was established in 1971 and as of now, is under realt threat of not being able to go ahead in 2020.
From a local standpoint, an activity that's picked right up since the onset of COVID-19 is cycling and that's not just from the Piranhas' club as everyone seems to be trying their hand on the bike.
"There's been a big influx of bike riders in Orange and there's also been a big influx of walkers," he said.
"They were walking and riding in twos and now they'll probably grab another two mates and go in fours.
"If they can find a coffee shop that will seat them all they can go there and have a chat together."
Everyone knows it's easier to exercise alongside a friend or training partner and Ostini reiterated the boom in group exercise activities he thinks Orange is about to see.
"It's going to change a lot of people's attitudes because they'll be with someone," he said.
Something that many athletes have touched on is the difficulty of training with no set competition date and while Ostini's not going to deny that fact, he doesn't think anyone should need a unique motive to get moving.
"You just train and you enjoy yourself and that's about it," he said.
The defending champion Piranhas might have to wait until November for an official competition but based on Ostini's opinion of the club's competitors, that's not going to stop the eager athletes from doing everything they can do right now to stay on top of their game.
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