By Elizabeth Piraino |Staff Writer|
The Iron Coyote Triathlon (ICT) kicked off on April 14 and continues through June 6 at the Student Recreation and Fitness Center.
The ICT includes the three elements of a regular triathlon: biking 112 miles, running 26.2 miles and swimming 2.4 miles.
Attempting a triathlon is a daunting challenge to most people.
To Kayla Arroyo, it could be a death sentence. Arroyo is attempting to swim 170 lengths of the pool and signed-up for the ICT despite not knowing how to swim.
ICT does not have to be completed in one day like a grueling Iron man Triathlon, which has a 17-hour time limit. Participants in the ICT can take up to eight weeks to finish their triathlon.
Each participant is issued a booklet to record their progress, keeping in mind of the honor system.
A staff member of the Rec Center must sign the booklet after each session. Triathletes who finish all three portions are entered into drawings for various prizes.
Some of the prizes are water bottles, bags, athletic equipment, but more importantly the best prize of all is the T-shirt you will recieve when you finish.
For Arroyo, the prizes were not an incentive for her to compete, but a way to try to get into shape.
Arroyo and her friend, Jacob Hughes, are working together for the triathlon and Hughes is teaching Arroyo how to swim.
Michael Long is a personal trainer at the Rec Center and completed the ICT in Spring quarter 2013.
According to Long, swimming is the hardest part of the ICT.
“It is difficult to swim, going at a constant pace and get all the laps in that you need,” Long said.
Long’s advice is to break it down into smaller increments as much as you can.
He recommends that participants start in with biking as it is the easiest part of the ICT and he explains that you feel a sense of accomplishment after finishing each portion.
Arroyo and Hughes decided to do the opposite and are tackling the swimming first.
They did a portion of the running and figured out that biking and running was going be the easiest.
“We wanted to get the hardest part out of the way,” said Hughes.
Long recommends doing the ICT with a buddy to challenge yourself along the way and that is just what Arroyo and Hughes are doing.
Long also suggests that if you do not have a buddy, then you can set some goals that you are able to reach on your own.
“To set goals for yourself each day and work toward those,” said Long.
This is the seventh year for the ICT and has 30 participants so far this year. The cost is $10 and includes a T-shirt for those who finish.
Anyone over the age of 18 can participate and Green said the oldest person is over 70 years old. All finishers will not only be able to draw for prizes but will have the prof that they finished a triathlon.
“About 50 percent of the people finish the triathlon,” said Green.
Green agrees that swimming seems to be the hardest for people, but he attributes that to the proximity of the pool to the fitness center and not the physicality of the actual swimming.
Visit the Recreation and Fitness Center or call (909)537-BFIT for more information.