Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Peaks to Praries Duathlon
Team Muleterro in larger numbers than ever before made its way to Red Lodge for the Peaks to Praries duathlon on Sunday April 27th. The morning was crisp and clear as we prepared ourselves for the race and for some fought off that hangover for just another few hours. The runners (Julie, Seth, and Stephanie) and solo duathletes (Sten and Cory) loaded the bus for the journey up the mountain while the bikers (Erik, Lincoln, and Serena) stayed at the transition area. We were given timing chips, stood in line to use the bathroom, then the gun went off (actually it didn’t, I think it was broken) and of course Cory was talking smack the whole time. The run was rolling hills with a general downhill into Red Lodge. Julie came in first, and sent Erik off with a quick change of a timing chip. Then Sten came and after a record long transition was off on the bike. Seth came in sending Lincoln off and then Stephanie sending off Serena. Cory was somewhere in the pack, but he must have been tired because none of us saw him. We found his shoes and coat later. The bikers had a grueling 42 mile ride to Laurel MT, however, they persevered and passed other racers the whole way pulling the Team up in the standings. At the finish in Laurel, MT the runners and bikers reconvened and made our way to Billings for some food and to watch the boaters of the triathlon finish. Our results were posted and once again Team Muleterro has proven themselves worthy. Julie and Erik finished 3rd in the mixed gender category. Lincoln and Seth finished 4th in the male team category, and Serena and Stephanie 5th in the womens team category. Good job Muleteers. As Sten would say we are digging ditches.