Training for triathlon is for family, friends

By Oree Foster
Special to the Times

FLAGSTAFF, Aug. 14, 2014

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(Courtesy photo)

Athletes who took part in the 30th annual Mountain Man Olympic Triathlon swam 1500 meters, biked 24 miles and ran 6.2 miles. Some local athletes the competed include, from left to right, Wayne Sekaquaptewa, Caroline Sekaquaptewa, Rachel Moore, Michelle Roan and Amber Roan-Manuelito.

Caroline Sekaquaptewa is improving each time she competes in the grueling triathlon.

Last weekend Sekaquaptewa competed in the 30th Annual Mountain Man Olympic Triathlon at Lake Mary, near Flagstaff. She completed the 51K event (1,500-meter swim, 24-mile biking and 6.2-mile run) in 3 hours, 19 minutes, which is 10 minutes faster than her previous time.

Sekaquaptewa said she is happy with her performance, but said, "I know I can do better."

She said her goal was to be faster than last year.

"I did want to run a little faster than I did, but I was happy I could get some 7:30-pace mile in," said Sekaquaptewa, a former Hopi High School two-time cross-country state champion.

Sekaquaptewa said her last triathlon was the Tempe International Sprint Triathlon this past May.

"Prior to the competition this past May, it was my first triathlon since June 2013," she said. "It has been awhile since I have competed in triathlon, since I focused on running and marathon training most of last year."

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