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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Lake Mills Triathlon, Bump and Run

Lake Mills Triathlon

"Be willing to challenge yourself to be more than you are right now. " - John Assaraf, author

Don't be fooled by my number 11 race number. All it meant was I was the 11th person in line at packet-pick up.

Lake Mills triathlon was held on June 4th in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. It is the first race in the Tri Wisconsin Series of six races. Last year I finished 3rd for my age group for the series. So I was looking forward to the kick off race.

Last year the water was rough and I had a panicky swim, so I was hoping for better time this year.

The weather was perfect, water temp of 64 F which is not bad for spring in Wisconsin and the high was going to be in the mid 80's and sunny. The weather report caused a late surge of hundreds of racers, so it was going to be a much bigger field than last year.  I also had a really bad cold, so my training plan was to take things easy and use the race as a training session.

The water was calm as I lined up. The novices went first. I had a friend from work in the wave Clydesdale division that followed.  I was in a wave of women 40 and older.  The wave was pretty big and I was having a hard time picking my way through the crowd. Someone was hanging off a kayak by one of the turn buoys and there was not much room to get through.

I took an outside path because the men 55-59 were right behind my wave and I did not want to get in the way. I saw one or two faster swimmers coming through. I took the last turn in the 400 meter swim and headed for the exit arch.  I got boxed in between two men. Both bumped into me more than once. One was someone that I know and he should know better than to try and swim right over someone. Overall swim time of 12:44 was not great, but it was a long run to transition.

I pushed back so maybe next time he will watch where he is going.

The bike ride had a lot of long gradual hills, it was a bit windy.  This race seems to draw a lot of beginners and they do not seem to realize they need to keep to the right of the course.  I averaged 17.1 mph for the 16 miles and was often passed like I was standing still.

The run was shaded thankfully since it was hot and humid.  The course was mostly on a bike trail with crushed gravel.  Not a great time for me at 30:19, but  I was not pushing it. This was mostly just a training event for me.

I finished 6th in my age group.  I was disappointed until I found out there were 17 women in my age group.  I finished in 1:45:04 overall.  Not a great time, but good enough to qualify me for para-triathlon nationals next year.

A good race over all and a lot of fun. I am looking forward to the next one this weekend. I will be doing the Toughman 1/2 Iron Aqua Bike at High Cliff State park. Because it is a USAT race I will be able to race as a PC athlete.  This is my A race and I have been training for it for 16 weeks.


Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship and at the Aqua bike National Championship in 2016. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.  

 In 2014 she represented the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon as a senior Olympian. In 2017 she placed 2nd in her age group at the Winter Triathlon National Championship, earning a spot on Team USA for the World Champsionship.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

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Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 212 members in 38 states. We also have members in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland, Iran, Norway and Sweden. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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