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More than 140 complete Lazyman

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Nearly 150 Team Schriever members swam 2.4 miles, biked 112 miles and ran 26.2 miles, some more than once, to complete the annual Lazyman Triathlon in February.

One hundred forty three of the 247 registrants for the Lazyman were able to complete all the requirements in 28 days or less. Based on calculations from myfitnesspal.com, a person weighing 175 pounds would have burned 1,111 calories swimming; 5,080 calories while biking; and 3,752 calories running for a total of 9,943 calories. That total is equal to about 2.8 pounds of fat.

The number of calories burned is based on moderate exertion during each exercise. Based on the rate, it would take a person two hours to swim, eight hours to bike and four and a half hours to run the required distances.

Three people completed the event in five days or less, and one person was just shy of fulfilling the completion requirements five times, according to Seth Cannello, Schriever Fitness Center director.

"One person completed in three days, and two more did it in less than five days," Cannello said. "If we challenge people to finish in three days, I'm sure more will complete [in that time] next year."

Cannello said he is going to create a few special awards for next year's event. Currently, everyone who completes the event receives a T-shirt. He said awards will be given next year for completing the event in the shortest amount of time, completing the event in three days or less and for completing the most Lazymans during the month.

Nathan Glandon, 1st Space Operations Squadron, said signing up as part of a team with other members of his crew was key to his success.

"Since we committed as a team, there was accountability--in the form of friendly banter--amongst us," Glandon said. "On a daily basis, we would reveal how much mileage we had covered."

Finding a stretch of Highway 24 that was relatively flat, and with a wide shoulder, helped meet the biking requirements because it resulted in lower energy exertion, Glandon added.

Zachary Owen, 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron, explained how weather conditions played a factor in the event as well.

"I ride my bike to work as often as my schedule and the weather let me," Owen said. "Fortunately, we had a great stretch of weather in the first half of February, so I was able to get some good rides in."

Planning ahead to set aside certain amounts of time each day to accomplish and setting high goals for each workout are two methods Glandon used to help him complete the event.

"Planning involved identifying time in my day, three-plus hours for me, to dedicate to the event," Glandon said. "The 'Aim high' goal setting was also an important piece because your body is able to do more than you think it can."

Participants received five Commander Cup points upon completion of the event and a free T-shirt.  This year, for the first time, individuals who registered and didn't finish were docked five Commander Cup points. 

Cannello said he decided to begin docking points for all the fitness center's monthly sporting events so that individuals are more accountable and committed to showing up for whatever competition they registered for.

For more information about the Lazyman, or any of the fitness center's monthly events, contact the fitness center at 567-6628.
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