By Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
Wish Airman 1st Class Kali Spicer luck. For the last half of the month, she will have to complete the Schriever Lazyman Triathlon.
The triathlon encourages base Airmen, civilians, contractors and dependents to complete a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bicycle ride and a 26.2-mile run within February.
“I have six miles left to run, which I will knock out with the warm weekend coming up, a little more than half way with the biking, and I haven’t started the swimming yet,” said Spicer, 50th Force Support Squadron. “I haven’t swum a long distance in a while so I’m still building up the courage to get into the water.”
She decided to participate in the Lazyman because it’s a great motivation for her to kick off the year right.
“It is a good way to rack up my mileage in running and biking with a purpose,” Spicer said.
For the past two weeks, Spicer has been heading to the gym before work to knock out some biking then running a few miles after work. She is also training for a half marathon, so that helps with accumulating her mileage.
“Two birds with one stone,” Spicer said.
Though a majority of the Lazyman participants are Schriever members, the triathlon is reaching California, with 21st Space Operations Squadron Airmen, civilians and contractors also participating. One of them is Fatima Amezcua.
“This is my third year participating in the Lazyman Triathlon,” Amezcua said. “I decided to do it this year partly because I was unable to finish it last year when I had a few days left. I felt like I needed to redeem myself this year. The other part is because I sometimes get caught up in my daily routine and make excuses or put off working out for another day.”
Last year, Amezcua didn’t finish the triathlon because she said she did not manage her time correctly with her workouts, home life and work. This time, it’s different.
“Our squadron started the triathlon a little late this year, but we are making sure that we push each other and give each other the motivation to finish,” she said. “The motivation from my peers is what I like the most about the Lazyman Triathlon, especially if your strength isn’t swimming, biking or running.”
She said her personal fallback is running, so the support from everyone is essential for her in finishing the triathlon.
“It’s a great challenge and it’s a good way to bring people together and hopefully continue to stay healthy,” Amezcua said.
Currently, there are approximately 250 individuals participating in the Lazyman Triathlon. The triathlon encourages participants to pace themselves and break up distances and activities at their discretion. Participants still have time to complete the triathlon since it ends Feb. 28.
Spicer said the Lazyman Triathlon is a great way for people to start a healthy lifestyle for the New Year.
“Most New Year’s resolutions consist of new gym memberships and goals for different fitness levels, so why not set a triathlon as your goal,” she said. “Running, biking and swimming are great ways to get your cardio in.”
Regardless of when and where they complete the challenge, participants will receive a free T-shirt and bragging rights. For Spicer, she has one goal.
“See you at the finish line,” she said.
In addition to the Lazyman Triathlon, the Schriever 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, please contact the fitness center at 567-6628.