Action County: Four friends train for a summer of triathlons
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Going into this year, Andy Flinn, Matt Muto and Liz Salt had never competed in a triathlon before. They decided this summer that they would do three.
The fourth member of their training team, Sarah Wing, had done one sprint triathlon in 2004 and is training for her first Olympic-distance in September.
The idea to take their racing further came about when the four human resources employees at Copper Mountain Resort joked about training for the Boulder Series Triathlons and eventually wrote up a fairly demanding training regimen. Though they admit to not following the training schedule as strictly as they did when they began back in February, they still complete at least one discipline a day and try to get together on the weekends to do two.
“You can take these really seriously and alter your lifestyle; we’re doing this because we love this lifestyle and our social environment, Wing said. We’re trying to balance it within reason and we’re not too hard core; we’re still trying to have fun.”
They all have their own reasons for signing up for the triathlons, but ultimately they wanted to do something together as a group.
“I knew personally I needed a lot of motivation, so I looked to my co-workers and friends to help me get through these months of long training,” Salt said.
The Boulder Series consists of three triathlons over the course of the summer. The first triathlon, in which Muto, Wing and Salt competed on June 17, was a sprint: a .5-mile swim, 17-mile bike and 3.1-mile run.
“The first one was definitely a warm-up. We were learning the ropes, seeing how the transitions would be and swimming in open water for the first time,” Salt said.
The second, which Muto, Flinn and Salt will race in, is the EAS Boulder Peak Triathlon, an Olympic-length race, typically a 1500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run.
The final one of the series, a half Ironman consisting of a 1.5-kilometer swim, 42-kilometer bike and10-kilometer run, will be on Aug. 12. Only Flinn and Muto will compete in the final triathlon of the Boulder Series, while Wing and Salt will do the all-women’s Danskin Triathlon in Denver. Wing also plans on competing in an Olympic-distance triathlon in Ontario, Canada.
“I’m not a mom yet, but even when I’m a mom I want to be a triathlete, so that is my goal,” Wing said.
Muto, who is a marathoner, started doing triathlons to help him train for the Chicago Marathon, which he plans to compete in October.
“We like the challenge of it and thought this would be a great opportunity to spend some time together outside of the work setting,” Muto said.
All four say they plan to continue training and competing in triathlons next summer, except Muto, who says he is retiring from triathlons and marathons and looks forward to a relaxing summer next year on his boat.
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