You may know Chip Pease best as a history teacher in the Upper School. Did you know that he is not only a faculty member, but also an avid athlete? He has run in over 20 triathlons including the Lake Placid Ironman.
This summer Chip swam, biked and ran his way through a full distance triathlon inspired by his desire to train and compete while simultaneously raising money for PCA. That’s 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles cycling, topped off with a 26.2 mile run! What an amazing athletic feat for a very good cause. Specifically, the goal was to help purchase an AED heart defibrillator for the Upper School and an ice machine for the PCA Athletic Department.
On July 8th, initially the weather forecast called for thunderstorms, but when it changed to only rain and clouds it was determined that he would go. The race began with a 2.4 mile swim in the Saco River. Rain came down in buckets halfway through, but the storm passed, the swimming portion came to an end, and it was time to transition to cycling around two loops on either side of the Saco River. “I felt pretty comfortable on the bike, and was able to do a bit of aeroing, which helps with time.” Chip said.
Just over nine hours into the triathlon, Chip began the 26.4 mile run. He says, “I wasn’t really thinking about overall time at this point, because I wasn’t sure how the run would go. In the end though, the run went well.”
“Running is my strength, so for me the key is to get into a rhythm. I felt good on the run, and this segment there were only a few splatters of rain, and no downpours.” Chip was pleased that all three legs went so smoothly with no real surprises. “There were no flat tires, or injuries, which is what you hope for.” Chip Pease completed all 140.6 miles and crossed the finish line with a time of 14:04:45.
“I’m thankful for the support that I was able to raise for PCA.” A new AED heart defibrillator has already been purchased for the Upper School, but it’s not too late to support Chip’s efforts with a monetary donation. The triathlon has been completed, but you can contribute at First Giving toward the purchase of an ice machine for the PCA Athletic Department or by check to PCA with Triathlon in the memo line.
If you would like to read more about Chip’s story you can read his blog.