October 18, 2012 |
Candace Gantt bends over her Trek handlebars, her back racer-flat. She's concentrating on the stretch of pavement ahead as she negotiates the gentle hills and valleys of the narrow, two-lane road in Willistown Township. Biking is one of her fondest joys. Two weeks earlier, this tall and tanned 48-year-old, with a resting heart rate of 48, had completed her first Half Ironman at Lake Placid, N.Y. On this clear day, July 21, 2005, while daughters Carter, 11, and Morgan, 4, are at camp, Gantt and her training buddy Mary Wood are four miles into a new 15-mile route.
December 6, 2010 |
COZUMEL, Mexico - Matt Miller had dreamed of this moment - nearly died, by all rights should have died, in pursuit of this moment - and now it was here. He had come to this Mexican resort to compete in an Ironman Triathlon - 2.4 miles of swimming in the sea and 112 miles on a bicycle, followed by a full marathon on foot, 26.2 miles. Matt, now 22, of Wayne was training for a triathlon two years ago when he lost control of his bike on the Blue Ridge Parkway and swerved into an oncoming Porsche.
June 20, 2014 |
Cliff Cheek competed in his first triathlon in 2001 on the recommendation of two doctors. The first was his general physician, who noted Cheek's good health and athletic ability and suggested a triathlon as a way to expand his exercise repertoire. The second doctor was one of Cheek's friends, Richard Hamilton. Hamilton had raced in triathlons before, and he invited Cheek and another runner, Austin Meehan, to compete with him. And just like that, the trio from Jenkintown participated in their first triathlon together in Stone Harbor, N.J. They didn't stop there.
November 12, 1990 |
You see it every year on television. A lone figure stumbles down a darkened highway on the verge of collapse. Supporters cheer the pathetic figure while announcers prattle on about courage and determination. The image is courtesy of ABC Sports and its coverage of the Ironman Triathlon, the sporting world's premiere test of endurance, stamina and - some may say - insanity. For many, the Ironman is the saga of the final finisher, barely able to put one leg in front of the other and only moments from an ambulance.
January 10, 2000 |
La Salle's Donnie Carr looked like one of those Ironman Triathlon competitors as they wash ashore after the 2.4-mile ocean swim. Wrung out. Completely drained. Then the pregame warmup ended and it was time for Carr to start - ready or not - his comeback from a bad case of pneumonia, which floored him for more than a month and put him in Graduate Hospital for 10 days. The Explorers' senior leader tried, thinking that 70 percent strength and 100 percent desire and support might add up to enough to help La Salle end one of the worst stretches of the Speedy Morris era. Twenty-nine minutes of the real Donnie Carr would have made a difference.
September 27, 1992 |
At age 55 and after three years of hard work, Jon Batchelor of Haddonfield is just beginning to dream of athletic success. Well, actually Batchelor has had some previous successes, including his years at Haddonfield High School, where he played football, basketball and baseball, and as Eastern High School's head football coach from 1969 to 1986. What's new is the sport. Batchelor began competing in triathlons just three years ago. And only two weeks ago he hit his best time ever, taking 2 hours, 41 minutes to complete the Pine Barrens Triathlon course - a 1-mile swim, 25-mile bike ride and 6.2-mile run. Batchelor took third place in the 50-and-older group.
March 14, 1993 |
Being nationally ranked obviously feels good. But for some area amateur triathletes in Tri-Jersey, a local triathletes' organization, yearly rankings are a convenient way to judge their progress and set their goals for the coming year. After about eight years of releasing his frustrations and tensions through competition, Merchantville's Bernie Kitchula has risen to 19th from 56th place in the men's national standings for the 45-to-49 age group. The rankings are compiled by Tri-Fed, the sport's governing body, and published in the January/ February issue of Triathlon Times.
January 4, 2001 |
It was 10 years ago that Steve Brown was first mesmerized by the Ironman Triathlon, the endurance event held every year in Hawaii, the one that requires a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run. "I sat in a room fixed on the TV," Brown said. "It seemed like such a mental and physical obstacle. I had so much admiration for anyone who can go through it, not just the 8 1/2-hour finishers, but the back-of-the-pack mortals. " Brown, 40, a graduate of Haverford High and Cabrini College, is now an Ironman himself.
March 15, 1993 |
Ken Glah did not get to spend as much time training for the Ironman Triathlon in Auckland, New Zealand, as he would have liked. The reason: His wife, Jan, is expecting their first child soon. The limited training, six to seven weeks, did not hurt him, however, as he took first place in the Auckland competition March 7 with a time of 8 hours, 38 minutes and 29 seconds. The New Zealand event is the first in a series of six that make up the International Ironman World Series.
October 31, 1991 |
There comes a point in a triathlon when the body says enough is enough and it begins to shut down, system by system, muscle by muscle. This is exactly what happened to Jeff Devlin, a West Chester resident and one of the world's top triathletes this month at the Ironman Triathlon in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The Ironman is the longest and most grueling triathlon in the sport and will be shown on ABC-TV on Dec. 7. After swimming 2.4 miles, cycling 112 miles and running about half of the final leg of the race - a 26.2-mile marathon - Devlin was in second place, feeling great and closing the distance on Mark Allen, the top-ranked triathlete.