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Fidkowski Leads MIT Triathlon Club In Holliston Lions Sprint Competition

By Krzystof Fidkowski

Several MIT triathlon club members participated in the Holliston Lions triathlon at Stoddard Park in Holliston, MA on July 10. The triathlon was sprint distance, featuring a half-mile swim, a 15-mile bike ride, and a five-mile run. The conditions proved ideal for racing, with pleasantly cool water temperature, light winds, and a lack of sweltering heat.

Anthony J. Schrauth G, Peter M. Mayer G, and Krzysztof J. Fidkowski G raced individually, while Jennifer Dobson teamed up with sister Kathleen L. Dobson in the relay division.

Schrauth started off with a strong swim of 10:10, which put him in 19th place out of the water, out of a total of 224 individual participants. After a great bike time of 42:02, Schrauth lost a little ground on the run, clocking in 40:57 and ending up 41st overall and 6th in his age group.

Mayer had a rough swim start and was in 59th place out of the water with a time of 11:26. However, he made up for it with a speedy 40:57 bike time, and then finished with a 37:22 run time, which put him in 24th place overall and 4th in his age group.

Fidkowski made good use of previous drafting swim workouts, and was 5th out of the water with a time of 9:03. He lost some ground on the bike with a time of 41:16, but then came back with a 31:12 run time to end up 6th overall and 2nd in his age group.

Finally, K. Dobson made her triathlon swimming debut with a great swim time of 12:22, while J. Dobson finished up with a spectacular bike time of 45:01, and a consistent run of 42:54. The Dobson and Dobson team took 2nd place in the all-female relay division.

The club is currently training for its next race, the Witch City triathlon Aug. 7, in Salem, MA. This will also be a sprint distance triathlon.