July 12th, 2012

Big Foot Triathlon – 2012

Recently in Lake Geneva us here at RAM put on our 6th annual Big Foot Triathlon. If you haven’t been to see Wisconsin’s GenevaLake, you’re missing out! It’s one of the prettiest bodies of water I’ve ever seen and it’s only a hour and a half from the Chi.

Heading up to the race The Kenosha News and Janesville Gazette gave local residents a heads-up about the Sunday event. Good thing too, as it was a busy weekend in Lake Geneva: tri coincided with Vespa Club of America’s 20th annual Amerivespa. They had 660 scooters on display, setting a North American record!

Conditions were incredible race morning with sunny, clear-blue skies and a start time water temperature of 73 degrees. Volunteers and local police were amazing making sure all the triathletes had a safe course to try for a PR! As we noted in our official press release Team Zucco won most of the races. Coach Adam Zucco was also kind enough to briefly discuss his Big Foot tri experience in an episode of his Training Bible podcast.

Fuzzy Gerdes gave a thorough recap of the event starting with Packet Pick-up through the Post-Race Party in a podcast (mp3). He also did a quick write-up in his blog, noting:

“I felt pretty hardcore swimming without a wetsuit, the bike was gorgeous (despite all the hills), and I had a little tickiness in my knee that prevented me from going flatout in the run … And yes, having Magic Hat No. 9 as the post-race beer was a lot nicer than Michelob Ultra or what-have-you.”

Fuzzy’s positive sentiment was similar to what other participants wrote on Facebook:

* Daniel M: “Very well organized race today, Great job guys!”
* Aaron L: “As always thank you for setting the standard by putting on a well run, well organized, fun and safe race today. Bigfoot is always on my must do list every season and it’s easy to see why!”
* Judy Y: “Great course. Love RAM and Running Away Multisport. Awesome, results show I placed 3rd in my division, missing 2nd by 27sec’s !! Guess i shouldn’t have taken time to spray bug repellent before run in beautiful path through the woods?!”

Don’t worry Judy! You’ll do better next race and it’s always important to keep the bugs away!!

Finally, Fuzzy’s friend Erica (whose also on his podcast) closed her race recap blog post with a true competitor’s spirit:

“The interesting thing about these hardqore races is that, no matter how hard they are, when they are done, I instantly want to do them again. I want to swim in the lake. I can’t wait to run again. I want to bike. I love that, even though I might struggle to get through something, the lingering aftereffect is not “no way, I am done with that” but instead, “when can we do it again?” Add to that the fact that I was so happy for all 3 legs of the race, and therefore I can proudly say I am a Triathlete.

“The next Sprint is July 28th…BRING IT. YEAH!”

We look forward to seeing you Erica and triathletes across Chicagoland later in July at the South Shore Triathlon July 28th!

So, RAMmies how was your Big Foot race experience? Did you set a PR? Are you ready for SST at the end of the month?

Official 2012 Big Foot Triathlon Video:


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By: Charlie Danoff