Andy Bernholtz

  • Hickory Grove Triathlon: Andy's Report

    by Andy Bernholtz

    Andy Bernholtz at the Hickory Grove TriathlonHickory Grove Triathlon
    500 yard swim, 15.5 mile bike, 3.1 mile run
    Nevada, Iowa
    May 17, 2015

    The first triathlon of the 2015 season! Last year on the 17th of May I was competing in Ironman Texas. Hickory Grove is a sprint. Nerves always tend to show up on race day no matter the distance of the race. Jumping in the water at the sound of the gun is what focuses my mind and allows me to focus in on the goal, which is to ultimately finish, but always out gun my previous best! Continue reading

  • Life Time Fitness Indoor Triathlon 2015

    by Katherine A. Roccasecca

    Life Time Fitness Indoor Triathlon 2015Life Time Fitness Indoor Triathlon
    10 minute Pool Swim, 30 minute Spin Bike, 20 minute Treadmill Run
    Urbandale, Iowa
    January 4, 2015

    In just one hour (plus transition times) you could become a triathlete at a Life Time Fitness Indoor Triathlon. Races were held Sunday, January 4th at Life Time centers across the country. We talked to seven athletes who competed at Life Time Athletic in Urbandale, Iowa: Don Peddy, Dotty Johnson, Lucas Freed, Larry Enos, Robert Dittmann, Shawn Blaesing-Thompson, and Andy Bernholtz.

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  • Cyman Triathlon: Andy's Report

    by Andy Bernholtz, Kyle’s Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team

    Andy Bernholtz peels off his wetsuit at the 2014 Cyman TriathlonCyman Triathlon (sprint)
    750 m Swim, 22.5 km Bike, 5 km Run
    Bondurant, Iowa
    September 21, 2014

    The final triathlon of the year!  This was a year of firsts and a year of many great accomplishments. I sit here, pondering on where the year has gone and how winter waits for us right around the corner. I dedicated much of my free time to triathlon in 2014 and do not regret that one bit.

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  • Hy-Vee Triathlon: Andy's Report

    by Andy Bernholtz, Kyle’s Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team

    Andy on the bike at the Hy-Vee TriathlonHy-Vee Triathlon
    750 m Swim, 20 km Bike, 5 km Run
    Des Moines, Iowa
    August 31, 2014

    Hunter Kemper wins the 2014 Hy-Vee Triathlon Elite Cup. The cheers and news echoed across the water at Gray's Lake before the start of my wave. What an amazing feat/accomplishment! I cannot imagine a person more deserving of the win. Kemper has dedicated his life to triathlon and the growth of the sport through the kid’s series.

    Anyway, back to the beach and the start of my wave in the Hy-Vee Triathlon Male 25–29 division. Continue reading

  • Pigman Triathlon: Andy's Report

    by Andy Bernholtz, Kyle’s Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team

    Andy Bernholtz at the Pigman TriathlonPigman Long
    1.2 mile Swim, 56 mile Bike, 13.1 mile Run
    Pleasant Creek State Park, Palo, Iowa
    August 17, 2014

    Pigman Triathlon race day morning came fast! Scott Carkhuff and I were up and at it around 4:00 a.m. We enjoyed a quick breakfast and stopped for some coffee en route to the venue. Arriving just after 6:00 a.m., we were body marked before entering transition. I was able to position myself on the rack nearest to bike out and run out on the outside, which would be beneficial for quick transition times. Several extra swigs of fluid, a GU, some stretching, and a warm up swim, and it was go time. Continue reading

  • Bluff Creek Triathlon: Andy's Report

    by Andy Bernholtz, Kyle’s Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team

    Andy Bernholtz raced the Olympic-distance at Bluff Creek TriathlonBluff Creek Olympic
    1500 m Swim, 40 km Bike, 10 km Run
    Don Williams Park, Boone County, Iowa
    August 10, 2014


    We were shuttled over to the start from transition as the race started on the opposite side of the lake. I had just enough time to take a GU, drink my Gatorade, throw on my wetsuit, and jump into the water for a quick practice swim. As soon as I exited the water, the athlete briefing began. Without much time to take in the swim course the gun went off and the Olympic-distance athletes were off in a hurry.

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