Our resident butt-kicker has done it again.
Cherie Gruenfeld placed first in her age group at the AVIA Wildflower Triathlon this past weekend, besting the 65-69 year-old age group for the Half-Ironman distance. (She beat the 60-65 year-old women for good measure, too.)
Known for a particularly hilly and grueling course – many participants wonder how it is possible for a course to have so much “up” and so little “down” — the AVIA Wildflower Triathlon is one of the largest triathlon events in the world, with 7,500 athletes and 30,000 spectators attending each year. The event features a 1.2 mile swim in Lake San Antonio, a 56 mile bike ride that includes the notorious “Nasty Grade” — a nearly five mile grade which climbs 1,000 feet (300 m) from bottom to top of “Heart Rate Hill” — and finishes with a 13.1 mile run, more than half of which is done off-road on hiking trails. It’s a tough, fiendishly difficult course that will test the mettle of any triathlete.
Lucky for Cherie, she’s got mettle in spades. And she’s got medal, too. A first place medal, that is! Join us in congratulating Cherie on yet another awesome victory.
(P.S. Check out Cherie’s new Boingo kit! If you’re a cyclist or triathlete and you’re interested in purchasing a Boingo kit like Cherie’s, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.)