NoCo Tri Blog

We are growing into a very large team and each time a new member joins we want to make sure that they were properly introduced to the rest of the team.  Each month we will post new team members so we all can know a little more about the people we train and race with.  Without further ado, here are your team members.

Laura HiebenthalLaura Hiebenthal Picture

What races do you have planned for 2015? I don't have any triathlons planned yet.  I might like to do the Tri for the Cure in Denver in August.  I do have some running events planned: the Grand Valley Marathon in Palisade in May and the Sandhills Marathon in Nebraska in June.

How did you initially get into triathlon?  What was your first race? I've only done the Tri for the Cure twice, and that was several years ago.  I'm not sure I even remember why I signed up.  I think I had always been curious about triathlon and wanted to try something that involved more than just running. I really dislike (okay, 'hate' might be more honest) water, so I knew it would be a huge challenge to try.   I think I also had a friend who signed up, and I thought that if she could do it, I should be able to do it.

What is your biggest achievement in triathlon? Not drowning! Like I said in the previous question, I don't so much enjoy being in the water.  I remember being really scared for the swim of that first Tri for the Cure.  I'm used to being nervous before a race, but not outright scared.  I may not remember much about that race anymore, but I do remember how proud I felt when I stepped out of the water--I had survived!  It was probably the ugliest swim all of triathlon history, but I made it.  That was pretty huge for me.

What are your long term triathlon/fitness goals? Hiking is really my first passion and I only started running to stay in shape for hiking.  So I don't have much for specific goals other than to stay active and keep enjoying whatever it is that I do.  I hope I can keep running and hiking forever.  This year I hope to explore the sport of triathlon and see if I enjoy it.  I'm not tired of running, but it may be time to mix it up a little with some different activities.

What is your favorite aspect of the sport? Challenging myself

Tell us a little about yourself.  What are your hobbies outside of triathlon? I'm an English teacher and that seems to take up the majority of my time. When I'm not at school or grading papers, I try to be outside as much as possible--whether that means running or hiking or biking or whatever.  Rocky Mountain National Park might just be my favorite place on Earth, so I try to get up there as often as I can.  And it probably goes without saying, but I love to read.

Why did you decide to join the NoCo Tri Team? I tend to do all my running on my own, but I realized I am going to probably need some help and some company with the biking and swimming. I don't know many people who do triathlons, so the NoCo Tri Team sounded like a good way to meet some people who do.

Bill Sallaz

Bill Sallaz Picture

What races do you have planned for 2015? Lake to Lake Olympic distance, perhaps some sprints and others TBD.

How did you initially get into triathlon?  What was your first race? I have never done triathlons, I have raced bicycles in the past.

What are your long term triathlon/fitness goals?  Primarily to add swimming to my fitness program

Tell us a little about yourself.  What are your hobbies outside of triathlon?  I’m a photographer/film maker.

Why did you decide to join the NoCo Tri Team? Just to embrace the sport. I throw myself at whatever I try.