Ironman Lake Tahoe athlete profile: Donatas Ereminas
TRUCKEE, 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.
As we count down the weeks leading up to this year’s biggest adventure race, the Sierra Sun is publishing a series of Q-and-A interviews with local athletes who are registered to compete.
This week, we feature Donatas Ereminas of Truckee.
Name: Donatas Ereminas
Q: What is the most challenging athletic event you’ve competed in to date?
A: “I’d say it was an eight-hour adventure race at Northstar a few years back.”
Q: How do you anticipate the 2015 Ironman Lake Tahoe comparing to that?
A: “I hope it will be more challenging!”
Q: Have you ever raced an Ironman before? If so, how many, and which ones?
A: “No, I have not. I was looking forward to compete in last years Ironman, but unfortunately it didn’t happen.”
Q: What inspired you to sign up for the 2015 Ironman Lake Tahoe?
A: “I always look for new challenges and I like to compete with strong athletes, and Ironman seems to be a great opportunity for that.”
Q: What are your emotions entering Ironman Lake Tahoe? Are you nervous, excited, both?
A: “Definitely both.”
Q: What is your favorite portion of a triathlon — swim, bike or run — and why?
A: “I enjoy all three; that’s why I choose triathlon.”
Q: How is your training going? Do you feel like you’ll be prepared for the challenge on race day?
A: “This year I feel stronger and more prepared. I try to train vigorously every day.”
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: “Of course reaching the finish line is always good, but to finish in less than 10 hours would be my goal.”
Q: Who among your friends and family will be on hand to root you on?
A: “My family and friends will be there to support and cheer for me.”
Q: How do you plan to celebrate your finish?
A: “Most likely I will be relaxing and having a nice dinner with my family.”