Ironman 70.3 Kansas

This past weekend, team members Michael McQueen, Steve Ruppel, and Seth Alwin traveled to Lawrence, Kansas for the Ironman 70.3 event. Race day morning saw strong storms pass through the area, leaving the transition areas wet, the roads damp, and the swim venue choppy. With lingering winds and rolling waves, the three entered the water in consecutive wave starts starting at 7:13am. Due to the tough water conditions, the swim was pretty brutal – all three felt they drank half the lake during the swim. Seth lead the way out of the water with a strong 30:51 swim over the 1.2 mile distance, followed by Michael with a 36:26 and Steve with 47:20. After what seemed like a mile long run through the sport’s longest T1, the three set out on the bikes for the 56 mile ride.

There was a lot of pre-race chatter about how hilly the bike course was, which turned out to be 100% true. Neverending hills, zero shade, and an ever increasing wind made for tougher conditions than hoped. With his strong bike, Michael put down a 2:28:31. Seth rode to a 2:51:32 split, and Steve finished with an impressive 3:04:26 on very limited bike training. T2 welcomed the racers to the run with wet feet thanks to wet grass, and the temps at this point had risen into the low 80’s.

All three faced a tough run with several out and backs over the two-loop course. Like the bike, there was next to no shade throughout, and with no training time in the heat this season, Steve, Seth, and Michael struggled with the high temperature. By race end, temps had topped 90°. Despite this, Michael ran a solid 1:36:25 on his way to a 4:45:49 finish, 99th overall out of 1317 finishers. Steve maintained a steady effort throughout his 2:31:30 run, helping him to an overall 6:32:22 and 936 ranking. Stomach cramps and nausea plagued Seth through the whole run which left him walking by mile 11. Still, he made his way to the finish with a 2:17:01 run split and an overall 5:44:47 / 531 rank. Needless to say, the heat took it’s toll on all our members during the run. All three had raced just one week earlier in Green Bay, facing temps in the 40’s.

Overall, the race proved to be one of the toughest 70.3 distances any of them had raced. In addition to the winds, tough swim, hilly bike, and high temps, the race layout resulted in excess walking and exertion the day before the race, with two transitions nearly a mile apart and a check-in line that left athletes standing in the hot sun for nearly an hour. While there are no regrets in doing the race, it’s unfortunately a race we won’t be doing again nor one we could recommend to our members. There are other races much closer with far better organization than Kansas.

Great job to Steve, Seth, and Michael for their finishes on a tough day!

Aurora BayCare Triathlon

Despite the frigid cold temps, was a solid day of racing for the Wausau Triathlon Club this past Sunday in Green Bay at the Aurora BayCare Triathlon. Team member Mike McQueen defended his title with a win in the olympic distance race with an overall time of 2:00:51. David Gramer was hot on his heals with a strong second place finish time of 2:01:21. Seth Alwin missed a top ten finish by 22 seconds, placing 11th overall with a time of 2:13:22. He did however grab the title of ‘most pancakes consumed’ following the race in an effort to warm up / gain a few pounds for Kansas 70.3 this coming weekend. Last but not least, teammate Jason Lowman salvaged a near DNF when he found himself leaving T1 with a broken saddle. After unsuccessfully trying to fix it, he somehow rode the 29 mile course anyways and managed a 49th overall finish out of 174 athletes.

In the sprint race, Steve Ruppel cranked out a strong bike on his way to a 1:30:18 finish time, and Will Fisher earned himself an overall 15th place with a 1:18:03. If there’s one thing I love seeing at races, it’s a guy in his 50’s showing up the young guns.

Great racing everyone, especially in those conditions. 47° with 17mph winds certainly isn’t ideal for racing, but it was great to see you out there giving it your all.

Training Ride – 5/25 @ 8:00 am

Steve and I will be heading up our first training ride this Saturday at 8:00am. We are meeting at the Aspirus YMCA in Weston and are planning to ride the duathlon race course (~18 miles). If enough members show, we’ll split into two groups based on ability level. If not, we’ll stick together and have a nice ride. Remember, the core purpose of this group is to learn, so don’t hesitate to ask any questions either before, during, or after the ride.

We hope to see you there!

Meet Mark.


Name: Mark Beversdorf
Nickname: Beve
Years racing triathlon: 15 years
Favorite event: Olympic Distance Tri
2013 planned races:
Jan. 19th Perkinstown Snowshoe Race 6 mile @ Perkinstown Winter Sports Area – Cancelled
Feb. 2nd Iola Twilight Snowshoe Race 10k @ Iola Sports Area 1st overall, 42:57
Feb. 24th Stomp The Swamp Snowshoe Race 12k @ 9 mile forest 3rd overall, 52:30
April 14th Iola Trail Run – 15k (long b/c of course change) @ Iola Sports Area 1st overall, 1:06:22
June 15th Aspirus YMCA Duathlon @ Aspirus YMCA,
June 20th South Wood County YMCA Triathlon @ Lake Wazeecha
July 21st Door County Half Ironman in Door County
July 27th Hub City Days Duathlon in Marshfield
Aug. 3th Woodson YMCA Triathlon in Wausau,
Aug. 11th Rev3 Wis Dells Half Ironman in Wis Dells
Aug. 24 Hub City Duathlon in St. Point
Sept. 8 Waupaca 25k Trail Run in Waugaca
Pets: Casper – Siberian Huskie
Favorite Color: Red/Black
Hobbies other than triathlon: Lifting weights/Family time
Favorite post-race food: Cookies
What’s on your iPod: Don’t use Ipod
Favorite movie: Fast and the Furious
Any impressive talents?: Consuming large amounts of food in a short time.
Motivation / Inspiration: I have desire to compete and push myself to the limit of breaking.

Meet Seth.


Name: Seth Alwin
Nickname: Sep or Seppy
Years racing triathlon: 5 years
Favorite event: Ironman Wisconsin
2013 planned races: Bull Falls 5k (3rd overall), Paper Discovery Duathlon, Green Bay Olympic Distance, High Cliff Half Ironman, Chisago Lakes Half Ironman, Wausau Sprint, Ironman Wisconsin
Pets: None currently. Past animals have included dogs, fish, and a hedgehog named Rena.
Favorite Color: Earth tone greens
Hobbies other than triathlon: Photography, international travel, volunteerism
Favorite post-race food: Lots of water
What’s on your iPod: Current playlist has Alt J, Phoenix, Beirut, Mumford & Sons, Gogol Bordello, Fitz and the Tantrums, Trampled By Turtles, and Cloud Cult.
Favorite movie: Billy Elliot
Any impressive telents?: I can grow a sweet beard.
Motivation / Inspiration: My family, especially my parents. Watching them battle through surgeries and cancer these past three years has made me very determined and capable of overcoming anything I encounter or set out to do.
Add’l: After my final race of the season, I’m heading back to Nepal to start what I hope will be a long-term volunteer trip through India, SE Asia, and possibly South America. If you’re interested, you can follow along by clicking here.

Meet Brian.


Name: Brian Kamke
Nickname: Kamke, Jukebox
Years racing triathlon: 0
Favorite event: Crazylegs – pre and post race are always fun, running up the “hill” not so much
2013 planned races: Crazylegs, local duathlons, Wausau YMCA Tri, local 5/10 k’s
Pets: Jingles – Pug, Sammy – Guinea Pig
Favorite color: Green
Hobbies other than triathlon: Coaching fastpitch softball
Favorite post-race food: Does beer count?
What’s on your iPod: A little bit of everything, except country. After my kids use it – Justin Bieber, Maroon 5 and Flo Rida
Favorite movie: V for Vendetta, Inception
Motivation / Inspiration: My Dad
Add’l: I’m married with three kids, all girls, the oldest is a brunette, the middle one a blond, and the youngest a red head, still trying to figure that one out. I got my undergrad and MBA from UW-Eau Claire and work as an Investment Analyst at Midwest Professional Planners.

Meet Peter.

Name: Peter Rotter
Years racing triathlon: ? First one was 2001, next was 2011 and I’ve done two in 2012 and one already in 2013.
Favorite event: Event that I am most glad that I did was the 2013 Israman Iron distance triathlon. I most enjoy my hometown Wausau long course tri.
2013 planned races: Israman Iron Distance triathlon (check); Journeys marathon, Eagle River; Walk for the cure walk from Rhinelander to Wausau; High cliff ½ Ironman; Wausau long course tri, Wausau Marathon.
Pets: None right now but have had great danes and other dogs
Hobbies other than triathlon: Camping
Favorite post-race food: I’ll eat pretty much anything anytime but I do like sweets, especially chocolate chip cookies after a race.
What’s on your iPod: Don’t use it much anymore but there is Stray Cats, Eddie Cochran, Willie Nelson, Grateful Dead, Rush, Beatles Sloppy Joe, Burnt Toast & Jam, The Band, Janis Joplin, Merle & Doc Watson, Jethro Tull, Commander Cody, Jimi Hendrix, Old and In The Way, Ben Harper, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Ray Vaugn, even a couple of Roger Miller tunes (King of the Road and Me and Bobbie McGee)
Favorite movie: Men Who Stare at Goats

Meet Michael.

Name: Michael McQueen
Nickname: McQueen
Years racing triathlon: 15 years
Favorite event: Ironman Steelhead 70.3
2013 planned races:  Paper Discovery Duathlon, Green Bay Olympic, Ironman Kansas 70.3, Badger State Games Duathlon, Door County Half Ironman, Wausau Olympic, Age Group Nationals Olympic, World Championship 70.3 Vegas
Pets:  English Bulldog: Hank/ Long Haired German Shepherd: Bert
Favorite Color:  Black
Hobbies other than triathlon:  Cooking, Fishing, Reading, Music
Favorite post-race food:  A burger and a beer.
What’s on your iPod:  Variety: Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Of Monsters and Men, Slipknot, Eminem, Beastie Boys, Tool, Thelonious Monk, etc…
Favorite movie:  Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Motivation / Inspiration:  My motivation is twofold: I have a deep desire to get the best out of myself and to see how far I can push my body and mind. But I also live every day wanting to show my daughter, Scout, that you never quit and you live life with passion.

Meet Karen.

Over the next few months, I hope to introduce most of our club members with a photo and a little information.  Up first is Karen:


Name: Karen Rotter
Nickname: Granny
Years racing triathlon: 3
Favorite event: Favorite event I ever did was Minnetonka Challenge. 5 mile open water swim.
2013 planned races: Ironman WI
Pets: Really want to get a great Dane.
Favorite color: Red
Hobbies other than triathlon: Spending time with my grandchildren and camping.
Favorite post-race food: I don’t usually eat.
What’s on your iPod: Don’t use one.
Favorite movie: Pretty women.
Motivation / Inspiration: I want to learn yoga.

Team Kit.

Thought I’d post up the final art renderings for our team racing kits and cycling jersey.  Note: the colors might not display properly on your monitor, but we have a dark gray ordered with a very vibrant sky blue color.  They should look sharp!  Delivery should be on schedule for the first part of May.

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