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Team Sun ready to shine in media triathlon battle

- July 6th, 2011

Paula Findlay, Paul Tichelaar, Bevan Docherty and Hunter Kemper are just some of the big names competing at this Sunday’s 2011 Edmonton ITU Triathlon World Cup.

There’s also (drum roll, please) … Cary Castagna!

Who?!?!

Ummm, well, uh … that’s me.

Yup, although I’ve been a little under the weather in recent days, yours truly is going to suck it up and compete as part of the three-person Edmonton Sun contingent in the sprint category.

For the uninitiated, the sprint consists of a 750-metre swim, 20-km bike and 5-km run.

Me and my big quadriceps will be cycling for Team Sun. I’ll be putting the pedal to the metal, and testing my mettle.

EdmontonSUN_NewLogo0250What I lack in raw athletic ability, I hope to make up for in sheer guts and determination. It was super-sized cojones that got me into this in the first place. It’ll take that testicular fortitude, along with plenty of heart, to see me through the challenging 20K trek in good time.

My road performance will be flanked by the triathlon prowess of co-workers Nicole Bergot and Derek Van Diest.

Bergot, the Sun’s uber-fit city editor, will start us off in the swim, while Van Diest, an athletic sports reporter affectionately known as DVD, will finish the race off for us with the run.

While I’ve actually never even been to a triathlon, both Bergot and DVD have several tris under their respective belts.

I couldn’t ask for two better teammates. And I’m not just saying that to butter them up in the very likely event that they are forced to carry my sorry carcass across the finish line. Oh gawd, I hope it doesn’t come to that.

Go Team Sun, go!

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Team Sun, from left to right: Nicole Bergot, me and Derek Van Diest.

Of course, Team Sun has some stiff competition in the sprint category from two other media outlets.

Introducing the other guys …

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Ryan Jespersen, Carla Turner and Michele McDougall.

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Meg Morrison, Bob Stauffer and Kyle Chase.

Plus, Team 1260 (Will their team be called Team Team 1260?) has one solo entrant. Jason Gregor, of the Jason Gregor Show, is doing the full-meal deal (swimming, cycling and running) on his own. Show off!

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Special thanks to triathlon guru Kevin Clark, of the Edmonton Triathlon Academy, who has been helping to train all of the media entrants over the past six weeks. We’ll soon see how well we’ve followed his training advice.

The action at the 2011 Edmonton ITU Triathlon World Cup gets underway at 8 a.m. July 10, with the media doing battle in the sprint class at 10 a.m.

Click HERE for the schedule.

Come out and cheer us on! Methinks I might need all the help I can get. Sigh.

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I’m gonna try a Tri

- May 22nd, 2011
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It's on! Triathlete Kevin Clark is taking me under his wing. (Photo: Bernie Poitras)

Maybe it was a rash decision made in a moment of weakness.

Perhaps it was wishful thinking that spurred delusions of grandeur.

In a nutshell: I’ve agreed to participate in the 2011 Edmonton ITU Triathlon World Cup at Hawrelak Park.

WHAT WAS I THINKING?!?!

The big event is July 10 — just six weeks away.

“You’re PHYSICALLY doing the triathlon?” my wife asked incredulously when I broke the news to her.

Well, I’m doing the 20-km bike leg as part of Team Sun in a friendly sprint-distance media competition.

My colleagues, city editor Nicole Bergot and sports reporter Derek Van Diest, are doing the 750-m swim and five-km run (although I’m not entirely sure who’s swimming and who’s running).

It was Van Diest, affectionately known as DVD, who forwarded the following email to me late last week:

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Greetings all.

In conjunction with the return of the ITU World Cup Triathlon to Edmonton in July, Triathlon Edmonton and the Edmonton Triathlon Academy are looking for four eager media personalities to try the sport that encompasses swimming, running and cycling. We’re looking for three individuals to work as a team and one to go solo for the sprint event that includes a 750-metre swim, 20-km bike and five-km run.

To encourage your participation we’re offering a huge bonus — Kevin Clark, head coach of the Edmonton Triathlon Academy will act as your personal trainer to help prepare you for the July 10 event.

So, if you’re a swimmer, a runner, a cyclist, an athlete of any stripe, or maybe you’re just ready to tri the challenge of triathlon, give us a shout. The first four respondents will be chosen. All we ask in return is that you talk or write about your experience to help promote the return of the ITU World Cup to Edmonton.

The email was from two event organizers, Bernie Poitras and Coleen Majeau.

Of course, I immediately replied to both.

And to make a long story short, I’m officially in — the obvious weak link on the three-person Edmonton Sun contingent.

Three other media outlets — Team 1260, CTV and Citytv — are also expected to put teams together.

I met Clark, a former international competitor out of Kilmarnock, Scotland, on Friday afternoon in Hawrelak Park.

Our first training session will be tomorrow. That’s when I’ll get a clear indication of what exactly I’ve gotten myself into.

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