“It was snowing, and I was like, ‘Oh good, I don’t have to do it,” she said.
The weather cleared, and Lund decided to give it the Kodiak try.
The decision was a good one, as Lund captured her second overall Earth Day Triathlon title with a time of 1 hour, 28 minutes, 39 seconds.
Matthew Zinn took the men’s title in 1:35:55, while Jose Pons, Neil McCarthy and Eric Libner won the overall team title in 1:21:00
For Lund, it is her first title since 2010.
“I didn’t count it (2010) as a win, because Tari (Lindquist) wasn’t there,” Lund said. “It is not like I really won it, she just wasn’t there.”
Lindquist, winner of three out of the past four triathlons, was in this one. She finished third, five minutes behind Lund.
Deb Cawthorn was second in 1:31:15.
“It was really nice having gone through having a child and to get a win underneath my belt,” said Lund, who had her first child 11 months ago. “I would have paid somebody to let me win.”
This race was a tune-up for Lund, as she is joining fellow Kodiakians Bree Witteveen and Heather Onders at Saturday’s Gold Nugget Triathlon in Anchorage.
“It ended up being a great day,” Lund said. “The course was wet, but that was to be expected.”
Zinn picked up the win in his first attempt at a triathlon. He wanted to compete last year, but had other obligations with his Coast Guard job.
“My main focus was just to finish and have fun,” Zinn said. “I didn’t expect to do that well in the swim portion.
Zinn sat in fourth place after the 1-kilometer swim portion of the triatlon, but made up ground in the 5K run and 20K bike ride to edge runner-up finisher Eric Linscheid by six seconds.
“I hadn’t swam in about five years, but I gave it the good old college try,” Zinn said. “I had a lot of fun and looking forward to doing some more this summer when I transfer.”
Contact Mirror writer Derek Clarkston at sports@kodiak
1. Betsy Lund, 1 hour, 28 minutes, 39 seconds; 2. Deb Cawthorn, 1:31:15; 3. Tari Lindquist, 1:33:16; 4. Jamie Graham, 1:36:16; 5. Heather Onders, 1:40:24; 6. Anne Niebler, 1:44:04; 7. Kathryn Symmes, 1:48:39; 8. Kristen Symmes, 1:49:41; 9. Crystal Burnside, 1:59:28; 10. Karly Gunderson, 2:01:32; 11. Ambee Hill, 2:07:41; 12. Debra Barelli, 2:11:18.
1. Matthew Zinn, 1:35:55; 2. Eric Linscheid, 1:36:04; 3. Michael Buchanan, 1:37:55; 4. Nando Macinko, 1:55:24; 5. Sawyer Olsen, 1:55:24; 6. Vic Suzuki, 1:55:54; 7. Patrick Barelli, 2:06:01.
1. Talon Lindquist, Jori Lindquist, Mica Linscheid, 1:22:48.
1. Jose Pons, Neil McCarthy, Eric Libner, 1:21:00; 2. Nick Lincoln, Lindsey Glenn, Heather Lewis, 1:26:46; 3. Marina Cummiskey, Devon Cummiskey, Heather Preece, 1:37:55; 4. Mary Forbes, Cecil Ranney, Tia Leber, 1:39:45; 5. Jennifer Webster, Robyn Gallacher, Amanda Sanford, 1:52:42.