Action County: Nick Pollard |

Action County: Nick Pollard

Summit Daily/Richard ChittickNick Pollard

On Nov. 6, Nick Pollard saw a year’s worth of planning and preparation culminate when he finished his first Ironman Triathlon in Panama City Beach, Fla.After months of training, Pollard finished the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run in 14 hours, 20 minutes and 42 seconds. A Frisco resident and five-year veteran of the Copper Mountain ski patrol, Pollard entered the race last November and set only won goal for himself – to finish. “It was a 30th birthday present to myself,” he said. “I wasn’t in it for the time. I just in it to finish and to go through the experience.”

The Illinois native had never competed in a triathlon before he signed up for Ironman Florida, so he built a carefully constructed training plan to compete in various triathlons leading up to long one. Since Pollard lives in Estes Park in the summer’s where he works as a camp counselor for Cheeley Colorado Camps, he found it easy to build a training schedule around Olympic and sprint distance triathlons along the Front Range. When he’s not training for triathlons or patrolling at Copper, Pollard can be found at the Silverthorne Recreation Center playing club volleyball or at a local golf course swinging away. What did you feel like when you finished the Ironman?

“I felt great, but my feet hurt like hell. I had some pretty nasty blisters, but other than that I felt pretty good.” What was the hardest part?”The preparation – if you are going to do one, you have to plan ahead. It was a complete year between sign-up and actually competing. Then there is the anticipation and anxiety leading up to it. When you get there you’re ready to go for it.”

Will you do it again?”I would do it again, especially now knowing what it takes and knowing what I could do differently in my training.” How did you become a Copper ski patroller?”It was by chance, actually. I applied for a job and started out in food and beverage and got tired of that and moved into patrolling. The most fulfilling part of it is helping people out and making a difference in somebody’s time at Copper.”

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