News: Swim, bike, run for one month to complete triathlon
Story by Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - In 2011, Australian Craig Alexander set the current Ironman Hawaii course record, completing a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a 26.2-mile run in eight hours, three minutes and 56 seconds.
For those with slightly less ambition but all of the desire, Team Schriever will hold its 10th annual Lazyman Triathlon in February giving participants 28 days to swim, bike and run their way to triathlon completion glory.
"The Lazyman Triathlon is a way for Team Schriever to be more active," said Seth Cannello, 50th Force Support Squadron fitness and sports director. "It's a good activity for people who are trying to motivate themselves to do more than what they normally do."
Military, civilians, contractors and dependents may participate in the triathlon. It is self-paced and participants can break up distances and activities at their discretion. They may use the treadmill for running and an upright stationary bicycle for the cycling portion; recumbent bikes, however, are not allowed. People may not substitute using the elliptical machine for running.
"You're counting yourself," said Cannello. "You're the one who is recording the miles so everything is on the honor system."
The fitness center staff will send a Lazyman Triathlon calculator that breaks down the activities every day and help people track their miles.
"This is a way to motivate people to work out," Cannello said. "February is a tough month because of the weather. This is a good indoor activity."
Lt. Col. Vanessa Shawver, Joint Functional Component Command-Integrated Missile Defense, is participating in the event. A Lazyman Triathlon veteran, she said the event is a fun incentive to keep people working out during the winter and the tracking sheet is a great way to track progress and help people achieve specific goals.
"The fact that it incorporates three sports makes it an ideal fitness event," Shawver said. "Each discipline requires different muscles and works the body in a unique, specific way. The variety challenges your body and helps you avoid training plateaus."
As part of her plan to complete the Lazyman Triathlon, Shawver plans on running a half-marathon in February. However, she will have to specifically plan on bike and swim workouts each week.
Though the Lazyman Triathlon is a month-long event, people may still face various obstacles in completing it in time.
"The biggest reason people hold back from signing up is the swim portion of the triathlon," Cannello said. "Some people can't swim. This is a great opportunity to learn how to swim or to improve your swimming."
Participants can finish in two or three days; some people do two to three in a month, he said. However, most people who attempt it struggle to finish and many come down to that last day to get all their mileage.
"The key is to do something every day," Cannello said. "Basically, at the beginning of the month, participants need to figure out how to conquer the distances. They need to map it all out and stick with it. Completing the triathlon gives those participants the satisfaction and a t-shirt to boot"
Shawver is thankful that the main fitness center staff holds events such as this for the fitness of the community and continually puts on creative, quality events for everyone to enjoy at all levels.
"They run one of the best, most sincere programs I've seen in my 19-year military career and I am grateful that they find ways to further the health and wellness of service members, civilians and families," she said. "I firmly believe that happiness and success begins with the wellness of your body, and in that regard, the Schriever fitness center continues to contribute immensely to the growth, productivity and strength of our military community."
The fitness center will hold numerous 5K fun runs/walks, dodgeball and paintball tournaments as well as a duathlon, half-marathon and more this year. For more information or to sign up for the Lazyman Triathlon, call the fitness center at 567-2268.