By Marcus Hill, 50th Space Wing Public Affair
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — The 50th Force Support Squadron’s 18th annual Lazyman Triathlon presented a physical and mental challenge for Team Schriever members in February.
The event – which had 89 Airmen complete the triathlon out of 198 participants – required competitors to swim 2.4 miles, cycle 112 miles and run 26.2 miles within one month. Those who completed the triathlon in the allotted earned a free T-shirt.
Some Airmen complete in triathlons throughout the year and use the Lazyman to complement their efforts.
“My goal was to do double the Lazyman,” said Lt. Col. Beth Stargardt, 19th Space Operations Squadron commander. “I knew I could do a single (Lazyman) pretty easily. I wanted to challenge myself – a challenge on top of the challenge.”
Stargardt, who competed in the backstroke as a cadet at the United States Air Force Academy, completed the run and swim portion in 11 and 15 days, respectively.
“I took it slow and steady,” Stargardt said. “I plotted out a course and I’d do two, three or four miles of running every day and then fit in 10-20 miles of biking as often as I could and catch up on the weekends. My dog Sasha ran all the miles with me as well.”
Stargardt completed her cycling in 18 days and rode more than 115 additional miles on the bike, even though she preferred the run and swim block of the triathlon.
“You have to dedicate a little extra time to complete the cycling portion,” she said. “It takes more effort to get out to do a 10-, 20-mile bike ride versus running for 2-3 miles.”
Meanwhile, Maj. Jeffrey Lucy, U.S. Space Command Joint Intelligence and Security collections manager, cycled an additional 451 miles on top of the required 112 miles.
“I do a lot of triathlons,” Lucy said. “I (workout) consistently throughout the year. I don’t do it just to get the T-shirt. I try to keep on top of my fitness. It seems like (Schriever has) a lot of promotions for multi-sport activities. I’m looking forward to doing more if (Schriever has) them this year.”
Rather than battle the February cold, Lucy completed majority of his mileage at home to stave off the monotony of riding outdoors.
“I use an app that’s like a video game for biking,” Lucy said. “You bike around these virtual worlds and it tailors the resistance on the unit your bike is hooked up to. I tracked my mileage that way.”
Lucy completed his swimming in 15 days and running in 20 days to finish the event and plans to continue his regimen throughout the year regardless of an event taking place at Schriever Air Force Base.
“I’m gearing up for a few events this summer with a lot of long-distance, gravel bike races,” he said. “I think I have one off-road triathlon I’m signed up for and I may do a few others.”
For additional information on the Lazyman Triathlon, contact Seth Cannello, 50th FSS sports and fitness manager, at 567-6658.