Try the triathlon

Local racer urges folks to start training


— Bill Goldsmith may not have been pleased with his finish last Sunday at the 2006 Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene, but at least the Steamboat Springs triathlete was content getting his "base miles" at the grueling Idaho race. This means Goldsmith's body can handle being subjected to Ironman races that include a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run. This also means he'll be ready for the significantly tamer second annual Steamboat Triathlon on Aug. 27.

Goldsmith said training to race these extreme distances requires preparing a minimum of two months in advance. For those intimidated of preparing for such a daunting task, Goldsmith points out that he is no triathlon expert and discovered how to train by working through the support network of the Steamboat Triathlon Club.

"A couple of years ago, Joy Rasmussen and I wanted to get a club together with the idea that a triathlon would be great here with all the active locals," Goldsmith said.

After 400 participants raced in the 2005 Steamboat triathlon, the club has around 30 to 35 members and organizes group training and guest speakers for monthly group meetings.

Goldsmith said the club's weekly Wednesday night group swims at Catamount Lake have started to pick up steam as the late summer race date nears.

"Go out there and do open-water swims. It's a perfect opportunity to train with a group," Goldsmith said. "(A triathlon swim) is a totally different world than swimming in a pool, body's are churning up the water, it's like trying to swim in a washing machine."

Goldsmith also advised potential racers to keep their level of fitness up in the triathlon disciplines in which they excel while improving others by scheduling "brick" workouts, where transitions from one triathlon discipline to another work different muscle groups.

The Steamboat Triathlon will have a relay division ideal for new racers wanting to only run individual legs of the race, which includes a 3/4-mile swim, a 20-mile ride and a four-mile run. Registration for the triathlon is capped at 600 participants, is first-come, first-serve, and can be completed online at

For more information about the Steamboat Triathlon Club, see

-- To reach Dave Shively, call 846-1129

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