Meet Your Neighbor: Richard Silver |

Meet Your Neighbor: Richard Silver

Courtesy photo/Sierra SunRichard Silver hits a mountain-bike course with a scenic view of Lake Tahoe as company.

For 20 years this summer.

I moved from Mission Beach in San Diego.

My wife, Wendy, and I would vacation here and camp at D.L. Bliss. We loved it and she wanted to experience the seasons again ” she’s from Michigan ” so we thought we’d come up for a bit and give it a try. Everything worked out pretty well and we’ve been here ever since.

When we moved up here I worked for a couple of architects but have been working for Shelton and Bacon, with Wendy, formerly Shelton and Associates, for just about 19 years.

I try to get in some exercise with going to work. Like this morning, I went for a swim at 6:30 a.m. in the lake. Then I get to work.

Being a triathlete I need to swim, bike and run. So [I workout] both mornings and evenings when I can.

Not year-round, it’s pretty much spring and summer. This year ,because I aged up into a new age group, I’m doing 12 triathlons. The first one was in April. I’ve done eight so far and I’ve got four more to go.

Donner Lake is sort of a favorite because it’s right here. I’ve done that 17 times. This year I did the Escape from Alcatraz. It was actually pretty fun. They take you out on a big ferry boat near the island. There were about 1,600 people in the race. All 1,600 people have to get off the boat in six minutes, then swim to shore, bike 18 miles and run eight. The thought of jumping off a boat into the San Francisco Bay in the morning was not ideal. The way I prepared for it was I jumped off a pier in Lake Tahoe in May and swam for 37 minutes. It was 52 degrees. After that I figured I was ready. That’s with a full wetsuit, not skinny dipping or anything. I think it was my favorite this year because it was different.

I do pretty well in my age group. I placed first three times this year. In my specific age group, though, I want to make that clear.

For 27 years.

I have been this summer. I’ve been as far north at Portland and as far south as San Diego. And I’m going to Hawaii for the Xterra World Championships in October. I’ve the done the Xterra event in Hawaii three times so far.

I used to get really nervous, but doing so many races this year, I’m much more relaxed now.

I spend time with my wife and we like to hike together. We have a dog. He’s getting older so he’s not a great hiker.

The feeling of accomplishment, and the competition. And that I’m doing fairly well.

Sixty to 64. There’s anywhere from three to 49 people in my age group this year.

This year my goal was to do 12, which I’ll do. And just to do as well as I can. I’d like to do another Ironman distance event.

I do ski some, but not as much as I should being in the mountains. But I go to the gym and do a lot of Spin classes. I did get a cross-country pass this y ear and I’d like to learn how to skate-ski.

I started instructing in November. So as far as my training, 90 percent of early season training for the bike ride was Spinning. It really helped my endurance and strength on the bike. The second triathlon I did was the Wildflower and it was a 56-mile bike ride and I had the fastest split in my age group, mostly due to spinning.

At Asante. Because the bikes are all individual you can go as hard as you want or as easy as you want. A lot of people may be intimidated by it or good cyclists might think it’s wimpy, but it’s good exercise.

The Bliss trail, from D.L. Bliss to Vikingsholm. The hike is beautiful ” you get close to the water and into the woods. My wife and I actually thought about getting married there. We did get married here, though, below the Sherwood bowl in Alpine.

I see some of the same people in the more local races in Northern California. It’s nice that the sport has gotten more popular up here. I see more and more people involved.

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