One of the most gratifying and unifying athletic events this summer turned out to be sprint triathlons. All of those on campus this summer participated in at least one triathlon, while some are up to five and still counting. Most notably Mark, Hannah, and Robby made the trek up to Lake Dunmore twice for the Vermont Sun Triathlon Series and had personal best finishes of 6th, 13th (76th overall), and 19th, respectively. Hannah and Mark won their age classes both times (sorry Robby, Mark isn't actually that old). Other triathlon races this summer included a low key, but very competitive, monthly triathlon at Stockbridge Bowl in conjunction with the Berkshire Nordic Team. Every Williams skier that started at Stockbridge had some impressive performances... even Casey.
after Maddy, who swam a good 20secs faster...)
Moving on... biking 100miles is no easy feat especially when it includes Mt. Greylock, the hairpin climb up to Florida, and even more climbing in the Savoy area. Then add about 3 inches of rain and it becomes nearly life-threatening... well maybe not, but you get the point. For some odd reason Robby and Mark (Hannah planned on participating but woke up sick the morning of) decided, after 45mins of sitting and contemplating the meaning of life in the car, to start out on the Mount Greylock Century ride. They made it, but were feeling it afterwords...
As a kind of throwback into the long lost art of biathlon, Mark made an appearance at the North American Summer Biathlon Championships in Burlington, VT. Without touching a rifle since January, he managed to hit 80% of the targets and placed 3rd in the Sprint and 4th in the Pursuit. The races also proved educational thanks to the opportunity of skiing and racing with Jean Philippe Leguellec, a Canadian biathlete who placed in the top ten in Vancouver.
And finally, we can't forget the many long runs (Berlin, Greylock, Taconic Crest, and elsewhere-- a new post is likely to come soon from Casey, Ian and Phil), rollerskis, and weight room sessions that got us through the summer.