Ironman Lake Tahoe athlete profile: Clare Walton of Tahoe City
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — The 2015 Ironman Lake Tahoe triathlon is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 20, when more than 2,500 athletes will attempt to conquer the demanding feat.
It begins with a 2.4-mile swim at Kings Beach in Lake Tahoe, followed by a 112-mile bike trip with a two-loop circuit traveling from Kings Beach, Truckee and over Brockway Summit, before finishing at Squaw Valley.
Athletes then must complete a 26.2-mile marathon run through Squaw Valley and up to Tahoe, before eventually looping back to Squaw for the finish.
This month, the Sierra Sun has been publishing a series of Q-and-A interviews with local athletes who are registered to compete.
This week, we feature our final local athlete — Clare Walton of Tahoe City.
Name: Clare Walton
Residence: Tahoe City
Q: What is the most challenging athletic event you’ve competed in to date?
A: “I’ve done the Tour of the California Alps, or the Death Ride, for three years in a row. I’d say that was the toughest. Also the Levi’s GranFondo century down in Santa Rosa, which had about 10,000 feet of climbing.”
Q: How do you anticipate the 2015 Ironman Lake Tahoe comparing to that?
A: “It’ll be a lot tougher. I anticipate it being a lot more challenging simply because of the transitions. And swimming is something I’ve always found to be very intimidating, with the cold water and all the people crowding. I’m confident about the bike ride. I’ll be looking forward to that during the swim.”
Q: What inspired you to sign up for the 2015 Ironman Lake Tahoe?
A: “It’s a new challenge and just a great activity in our area. I see it as such an optimistic event with a lot of positivity around it. It was really inspiring seeing all the athletes training, and I wanted to be a part of that hometown event.”
Q: What are your emotions entering Ironman Lake Tahoe? Are you nervous, excited, both?
A: “I’m excited and nervous. I’m excited mostly. I’m working through a recent injury, but I’m pretty confident I’ll get through that. Overall the training has been very positive and I’m really enjoying it.”
Q: How is your training going? Do you feel like you’ll be prepared for the challenge on race day?
A: “I think I’ll be prepared, yeah. I had a little bit a running setback that I’m dealing with, but I think I’ll be ready.”
Q: Do you have any specific goals in mind as far as a certain time. Or is reaching the finish line the only goal?
A: “I do have some target times in my mind that I’d like to hit. But more than that, I’d like to have the feeling that I finished strong.”
Q: Who among your friends and family will be on hand to root you on?
A: “I’ll have my two girls, my husband, my parents, and a collection of friends and people I work with.”
Q: How do you plan to celebrate your finish?
A: “I plan to take the day with my girls and maybe have a long hot tub and relax, go out for sushi, drink some wine, eat some ice cream, and then plan the next adventure.”