By Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
Don’t call Senior Airman Jennea Jenkins lazy. She’s as busy as a bee performing her duties as a 50th Civil Engineer Squadron utilities technician.
“I don’t consider myself lazy,” the Airman said. “I am typically full of energy. Working out regularly helps my energy level.”
In February, she will be participating in the 50th Force Support Squadron-sponsored Lazyman Triathlon, which is actually a misnomer since participants must complete a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bicycle ride and a 26.2-mile run within 28 days.
“Our team is excited to get this started,” Jenkins said. “I am participating in the Lazyman Triathlon to maintain my physical fitness and to push myself every day.”
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. Participants may not substitute using the elliptical machine for running.
“The Lazyman is about improving fitness levels and trying different activities,” said Seth Cannello, 50 FSS fitness and sports director. “I think most people can stay focused on their New Year’s resolution through January, but need a little help in February.”
Cannello said the fitness center created this activity to give exercisers a goal and hopefully the motivation to continue to exercise during the winter months.
“I believe the more you do something, the more likely you are to make a habit out of it,” he said. “I’d like to see more people on Schriever make exercise a daily habit. A lot of people get stuck doing the same exercise routine. The Lazyman mixes routines up.”
Participants must sign up before close of business Feb. 10. Once registered, participants will receive a calculator to track their mileage. They must complete the event before midnight Feb. 28 and return the calculator to Cannello before March 3.
“The benefits are numerous and include earning commander cup points for your squadron,” Cannello said. “You will also receive the satisfaction of accomplishing a very difficult task, earn a better appreciation of just how difficult a full Ironman Triathlon really, improve fitness and bond with coworkers. You will also receive a T-shirt.”
Participants may use the fitness center to do their activities, however, the Tierra Vista community pool is only for housing residents. The fitness center has state-of-the-art equipment and is open 5 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
“Most Schriever members exercise; however, most don’t exercise enough to complete an Ironman in a month,” Cannello said. “My goal is to get people out of their comfort zone. Hopefully, they will do better on their Air Force Fitness Assessment and continue to exercise more. Additionally, I’m hopeful the Lazyman will build people’s confidence in their ability to run, bicycle, and swim and we’ll have more members compete in our annual triathlon.”
In addition to the Lazyman Triathlon, the fitness center also offers numerous intramural sports, monthly events, a daily boot camp, Fitness Improvement Programs, and personal trainers for active-duty members unable to pass the Air Force Fitness Assessment.
For more information or to sign up, please contact the fitness center at 567-6628.