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Coach, teacher competes to set a good example

Aug 19, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

In Saturday's Lander Triathlon, Martin Stensing of Powell won the men's division, and Ann Lehmkuhler of Lander topped the women's event.

Buddy Red Bow sets an example when it comes to exercise.

The Lander Middle School physical education teacher and coach has spent the last two summers participating in all kinds of triathlons. He competed in the second annual Lander Sprint Triathlon Saturday morning.

"I started to do triathlons about two years ago," Red Bow said. "I was a college runner. I started to do triathlons to get back into shape. I gained a bunch of weight, and I have lost a lot of weight."

Red Bow coaches middle school cross country, skiing and track in Lander.

"I had 50 kids in cross country and a 100 out for track," Red Bow said. "I like to set the example for my students."

Red Bow completed in seven sprint triathlons last year. He also has been in an iron-man triathlon, which includes a bike ride of more than 100 miles and a full marathon run.

"It has been a great experience," Red Bow said. "My buddies have gotten together, and the triathlons have gotten us back into shape."

The Lander Sprint Triathlon was made up of a swim, bike and run, all much shorter than the iron-man format.

On Saturday, Martin Stensing of Powell won the men's division with a time of 1:06.06, and Ann Lehmkuhler of Lander topped the women's group with a time of 1:13.30.

Team with Dave Campbell, Gabby Campbell, both of Lander, and Christina Lackner of Portland, Ore. won the team title with a time of 1:12:34.

Swimming tough

"The swimmer part is the hardest one for me," Red Bow said. "I have worked a lot on that. If you are smart in the swim then everything else is kind of a cake walk."

The athletes started at the Lander City Pool. The athletes swam a half a mile.

The athletes jumped on to a bike and completed a 12.4 mile bike ride. The race finished with a 5k run. The transition area was at the Lander City Pool.

"I do concentrate on times," Red Bow said. "I know that I can't go too fast in the swim, or I will pay for it in the run and in the bike."

Red Bow said the bike ride was the hardest of the three tests.

"The bike was a little difficult today," Red Bow said. "I cut about a minute a half from my swim last year. The bike was a lot harder with all the hills."

Red Bow's unofficial time was 1:38. Full results will be published this week.

"I believe that was four minutes faster than last year," Red Bow said.

Red Bow said the Lander course is one of the most difficult ones he has been on.

"I would say this is the third-hardest course that I have done," Red Bow said. "The one in Boise, Idaho, was a half iron man and a lot longer."

Riverton athletes

Riverton resident Rocky Jorgensen was in his third triathlon in two years on Saturday when he crossed the finish line.

"For each me the toughest thing is the swim," Rocky Jorgensen said. "I'm not a strong swimmer, so when you get it over with it is nice."

The race started at 6:45 a.m.

"The course is very hilly," Jorgensen said. "The bike seems like it's never ending. It's very hilly. It's a fun course right by the mountains. It was a beautiful day. We had perfect weather. During it in the morning is nice. It's not too hot yet. When we got out of the pool it was too cold."

Jorgensen has done the Go Fremont County Sprint Triathlon the last two years in Riverton. He is a nursing student at Central Wyoming College.

"I'm sure that I will do more," Jorgensen said. "For me, it's something that I probably won't get too competitive about. It's something to do as a community. It's a fun deal."

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