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For those on the inside, there is not much left to say about the 2013 Ironman Lake Tahoe. Triathletes had 15 months to train, prepare, and obsess about the race. Unlike most Ironman races, this one had many unique qualities like high altitude, touch climbing on the bike, cold temperatures, unstable weather, unknown course sections, split transitions, and, oh, did I mention smoke from two forest fires resulting in limited training opportunities in the area? Yes, this race had it all and delivered quite a challenge to participants. Yes, all Ironman races are a challenge, but Ironman Lake Tahoe quickly established itself as *the* Ironman race for folks who especially enjoy being pushed to their limits. To save your attention span, I’ll summarize each leg of the race with a few sentences and key words.
Beautiful. The water was much warmer than the outside temperature and, along with the new rolling start program, the entire experience was much easier than other Ironmans I’ve raced. It was freezing outside, of course, and folks had to really take precautions.
Ugh. The most disappointing aspect of the race. Crowded tents, limited seating, and cold body parts. This equaled very long transition times. We were facing at least an hour of near freezing temperatures, so a full outfit change was warranted. Read the rest of this entry »
How many years in TRI? One!
Do you remember your first Tri event? How did it go? My first triathlon was in August last year at the Tri for Real at Rancho Seco. My time was 2:54, I ranked 7 of 11. I was a newbie swimmer and biker so it took me a few races to be a podium contender. I love competing so my goal from then on was to get on the podium.
What other hobbies are you into? I’ve always been a runner so I just added swimming and biking to my hobby list – now I have 3.
What goals do you hope to achieve before you hang up your wetsuit? I don’t plan on hanging up my wetsuit anytime soon, but my goal for this year is the Big Kahuna 1/2 Ironman in September and then next year Ironman Arizona in November - my first Ironman!
Occupation? I’m a project management consultant for state IT projects. I’m currently on assignment with the Department of Business Oversight performing Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V).
Little known fact about you? I finished my first marathon in Ironwood Michigan, the Paavo Nurmi, in 1976 at 15 years old. You can see from the picture that I wore old cut off blue jeans, carried no water or food, and my sneakers were probably from a blue light special at K-mart.
How many years in TRI?
This is my 13th triathlon season.
Do you remember your first Tri event? How did it go?
How could I forget! It was a sprint in May at Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, WY. After what seemed an endless pool swim, I remember breaking ice as I stepped on a puddle on the way to my bike. I got lost on the bike course; by then I was pretty much the only one on the course. Then the unbelievable pain of that first bike to run brick! But when I was done, I was hooked!
What other hobbies are you into?
Being from Colorado, I like winter sports and get to ski and snowshoe in the Sierra. I love the California Delta and like to fish if I get a chance. If I ever sit still, I make cross stich Christmas stockings.
What goals do you hope to achieve before you hang up your wetsuit?
USAT honors triathletes that have completed 100 triathlons; Olympic distance Age Group Nationals next weekend will be my 62nd triathlon, I’d like to get at least 100 in. I hope to be that tan wrinkled lady with the 80 on her leg still racing! Registered for CIM and will likely go for Ironman Lake Tahoe 2014.
Apheresis/PICC team nurse at UC Davis Medical Center. I put PICC lines in people and do blood/plasma exchange and stem cell collection procedures.
Little known fact about you?
I am a retired firefighter. I retired as company officer from the Greeley, Colorado Fire Department, in 2007, after 23 years of service.