Fall has rolled on in, and so have the BUTTs! After getting themselves to the gorgeous Adirondack region of New York, our members raced the 12th annual Lake George Triathlon. Not did they race, but they did it in a spectacular fashion as always. The ambient air temperature of 40 degrees at 7am did not stop them from jumping into the warm waters of Lake George and beginning their hours of racing. Stephanie Lie was first out of the water, with Natalie Tukan not so far behind and Anna Shveshkeyev a bit further away. Ellen Witkowski was next, but quickly caught up with Natalie and Stephanie on the bike, before Ellen and Natalie broke off just before the run. Merissa Brousseau and Lindsey Wilcox were neck and neck throughout the whole race, until Merissa put her efforts in a higher gear in the run. In the end, Ellen and Natalie snagged 2nd and 3rd on the podium, Stephanie 8th, Anna 12th, Merissa 33rd, and Lindsey 36th. All in all, it was spectacular race with beautiful views throughout the course.
It was also a bittersweet moment for us as well, as we say farewell to Natalie, a 8 year long member who has brought so much joy to the team. We wish you the best in your endeavors, Natalie!
The BUTTs pose for the post-race team photo
From Left to Right: Lindsey Wilcox, Merissa Brousseau, Natalie Tukan, Ellen Witkowski, Anna Shveshkeyev, Stephanie Lie
Stephanie transitioning out of the water
Natalie preparing to head into the run
Anna's heading into transition on the bike
Ellen's checking her time as she's turning the corner for the 2nd lap of the run
Merissa's gunning it as she turns for the finish line
Giving it her all as Lindsey heads straight through the cones for the finish line.
Natalie and Ellen proudly posing with their awards on the podium
Before the triathletes ruffled the waters at Lake George
Concluding the BUTT trip with a steam boat, and two hot air balloons against the backdrop of Lake George and the Adirondack Mountains