While the southern part of the state was bracing for snow, Aberdeen triathletes (and their visitors) enjoyed a sunny, breezy spring day of competition at the Wolves Tri on Sunday afternoon (results are HERE). Those who chose to trade the comfort of their warm living rooms and soft sofas for the chlorinated waters of the Barnett Center pool and the minimal comfort of a bike saddle were rewarded with a beautiful late-April day.
Local stud triathletes Craig Harrison and Hannah Carlson represented Aberdeen well by smoking the competition and topping the podium for the men and women respectfully. Harrison and Carlson often train together, spending copious amounts of time on their mountain bikes, killing the single track out by Richmond Lake and proving that the off-road bikers have the uber-strength to dominate windy days like today when wind gusts where anywhere from 20-30 mph.
For the women’s race the Lisa Murphy proved that her gifts aren’t just in her tri-style but also in her speed and strength as she brought home second place. Tri-mama Nikki Troxell came in third place, just in time for her husband with the awesome beard to hand off the angry 17-month-old and resume his duties behind the SDTriNews camera. Youngster Maida Walters came in fourth, and Pierre triathlete extraordinaire (and future Ironman) Mary Turner came in fifth.
In the men’s race 20-something stars Tony Schwan (with his smoking fast bike) and Josh Carlson (with his awesome beard) came in second and third respectfully, and Leanord Suel and Paul Hopkins represented the 50-plus guys well by rounding out the top five.
The teams were once again rule by the tri-master of our state, Kathy Grady and this time her trusty sidekick runner Jay Murphy. Grady cruised by the competition in both the swim and the bike to give Murphy a sizable lead for the run.
Once again 88-year old former governor and Ironman Frank Farrar showed the rest of the world how to stay young: keep on tri-ing. Farrar finished as the Wolf Pup Kiddie Tri was beginning, and he gave all of the Pup triathletes the honor of giving him a well-deserved human race chute to finish in, not to mention a memory that they can hold on to for a long time. When Farrar finishes, the world around him stops and notices.
Southeast South Dakota triathletes have another opportunity to race next weekend with Siouxperman in Sioux Center (beware, you have to cross into Iowa for that one, so everyone pay attention to the speed limits). Otherwise, the next triathlon in South Dakota will take place in Madison on June 3. We can’t make any promises, but hopefully the chances of snow will dissipate by them. Meanwhile, we at SDTriNews wish all South Dakota (and other) triathletes a fun May which should include more bike rides on the road than the trainer, swims in the lake than the pool, and runs anywhere the road takes you.
All of the pictures our fantastic photographer took will be up for viewing on our Facebook page by Wednesday evening.