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Eddie Rogers pauses before contemplating.
The Steamboat Springs resident has become a fixture in summer athletic events. He doesn’t only show up, but he usually lands near the top of the standings.
But Rogers wasn’t a born-to-be athlete. He ran cross-country in high school, but the 28-year-old said “I was never competitive.”
After only a few years of training at a high level, Rogers is starting to stake his claim as one of Steamboat’s elite triathletes.
Rogers was the top Steamboat finisher Sunday in the second annual Steamboat Sprint Triathlon at Steamboat Lake.
He finished sixth overall, clocking in at 1:11:39.
“I guess I’m a natural at it,” Rogers said.
And considering Rogers didn’t use the week to fully taper and also did the Breckenridge 100-miler last weekend, his focus is on the Aug. 19 Steamboat Olympic Triathlon.
“I felt pretty good,” Rogers said. “Everything but the bike felt good. My legs felt beat up.”
On a pristine Sunday, just about every person's legs felt beat up after the short but sneaky difficult sprint triathlon.
The course, which challenged more than 300 competitors, featured a tough run and bike that had some competitors surprised at its difficulty.
To speak to the point, a nationally ranked Xterra triathlete and a cyclocross and cyclist were the top men’s and women’s finishers.
Lakewood’s Cody Waite, who is ranked No. 7 in the Xterra U.S. standings that combine swimming, mountain biking and trail running, blistered the course in 1:04:43. Last year’s winner Tim Hola was second in 1:06:48, and Boulder’s Eric Kenney was third in 1:07:35.
Waite was the fifth swimmer out of the lake but was the fastest biker and runner. He took the lead as soon as the bike course left Steamboat Lake State Park and was alone the rest of the way.
“It’s actually pretty difficult,” Waite said. “It’s a sprint so it’s short. The bike was very hilly and the run was very hilly. I’d rate it a more difficult sprint distance for sure.”
Boulder cyclist and cyclocross expert Susan Eisenberger was the top women’s finisher in 1:16:51.
Fort Collins’ Anna Siliciano was second in 1:17:17, and Maijaleena Zucker was third in 1:18:28.
Amy Ackerman was the top Steamboat women’s finisher, her time of 1:21:25 putting her in ninth.
“It was beautiful and hard,” Eisenberger said. “I knew I did pretty well because the course has loops so you can see.”
The event was a prelude to the Steamboat Olympic Triathlon in August. As of Sunday, there remained 70 spots available. To register for that event, click here.
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