ima Staff Member Gets Second in Age Group in San Diego Classic Triathlon

Drew Vanderwert Took 2nd Place for His Age Group in San Diego Classic Triathlon

Newport Beach, CA, October 24, 2012 --( ima’s Drew Vanderwert participated in the San Diego Classic Triathlon held at the Historic Liberty station in Point Loma, San Diego. The weather was absolutely perfect for the Olympic distance triathlon including a 1500 meter swim, 40k Bike, and a 10k run. “My goal was to do the race in under 2hrs 20min, I knew I could place fairly well with that time.” Drew’s final time was 2 hrs 17 min and 52 seconds placing him second in his age group and 22nd overall. There were 80 people in his age group (30-34), and around 740 people who completed the Olympic distance.

This was Drew’s first Olympic distance triathlon, although he has done several sprint distance triathlons. His strongest event is the swim, putting him out in front from the beginning. “I had a very strong swim and had a lot of gas in the tank at the end of the swim, which I was able to carry over into the 25 mile bike where I held a 22 mph average.” The bike was a constant up and down, with very little flat riding, not a typical for a triathlon. Typically courses are a little more flat; however, climbing is one of Drew’s strengths. The run is where Drew still feels he needs work, and, in the past it has taken his body a little while to settle into the run. However, he was able to pick up the run in this race quite rapidly, and he was able to hold a 7 min 27sec pace for 10K.

Drew trained three months, almost daily, with some two-a-days work outs with swimming or running in the morning and biking or running in the evenings. At the peak he was riding 40 miles each night and running 3-5 miles afterwards. He did quite a few "Bricks" (Bike-Run-Ick) to train the transition from biking to running.

ima is proud of Drew as he exemplifies a healthy lifestyle reflected in ima’s corporate culture. ima is also sponsoring Drew along with Aaron Olson and Joe Perez at the upcoming Newport Beach Triathlon.

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