If you don’t remember the family rivalry in the Pewaukee Triathlon two years ago I invite you to go back and read up on it, you’ll find it under Talking Smart in the archives. Two years later and the competition and the smart talking are still going strong!
I was unable to make it around the lake to spectate at the Tri-Allegan Triathlon but I was able to convince Uncle Weasel to be my first ever guest blogger and share the story:
This year’s Tri-Allegan Triathlon featured an epic battle between young and old, man and woman, athletic prowess and wily experience and cunning. It may go down in history as one of the greatest athletic events of all time. That being said I must report that my team, Team Old Guys finished in a solid 4th place. My swimmer, Scott pared 30 seconds off last years swim time but died coming out of the water and couldn’t muster much more than a walk across the beach and up the hill to transition. But then again he’s a swimmer not a runner. Marty the runner is the closest to a rock star as there is on the team. He just plain flies and uses himself up on the course….he also spends a lot of time using himself up during warm-ups. I’m the old guy on the bike and even though I’m due for knee replacement in 2 weeks I was determined to hold up my end of the bargain. To boot I had made a small wager with the local chief of police (10 years my junior, 50 pounds lighter and 2 good knees). My bike time against his bike time, loser congratulates the winner publicly in the local newspaper. Maybe not so smart but if you talk big you gotta back it up, right? I trained over 550 miles getting ready and was determined to at least beat the chief. I found myself getting my game face on minutes before the start and who should pop out from behind my friend Mel (Mel is a big guy and easy to hide behind) but my little sister Mary. I was shocked to say the least and stunned to see that she was in her “skinny pants” with a timing chip on her ankle. She was in the race!!!!
Now it was time for a quick team meeting and a recalibration of race strategies and goals. The old guy’s mission is to BEAT MARY!!!!!!
Now you have to understand I put together a team 2 years ago to beat Mary and she edged us by 2 minutes. On that team I had a University of Wisconsin Stevens Point Athletic Hall of Fame swimmer and a svelte, fit twenty something runner and we couldn’t do it. But Tuesday night a bunch of old guys gave it all they had and we beat Mary by a decisive 4 minute margin!
It just goes to show, don’t cut us Old Guys out, she may be younger and fitter but us Old Guys are CRAFTY!
Excuse me now while I go write a letter to the editor.