More than 25,000 athletes have competed in the Vineman Ironman 70.3 triathlon, and Dr. Derek Conklin is one of them!
Sandy, Oregon dentist Dr. Conklin competed in the Vineman Ironman 70.3 triathlon on July 17th, 2011, swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles and running 26.2 miles. This incredible accomplishment took him 13 hours and 18 minutes – better than he expected!
“I’m really happy with my overall time,” said Dr. Conklin. “I improved on my previous time by 25 minutes.”
The Vineman Ironman 70.3 is one of the most competitive and popular triathlons worldwide, held each year in Sonoma County, California. In the heart of wine country, the course itself passes through hundreds of vineyards in the Russian River Region, Chalk Hill, the Dry Creek Valley, and the Alexander Valley.
Dr. Conklin and two friends spent 10 months training for the Vineman Ironman 70.3 triathlon, alternating between swimming, running, and biking workouts that gradually increased in length as they trained. To prepare his endurance, Dr. Conklin went on several 100 mile bike rides, finishing up with running before as part of his training.
Clearly, Dr. Conklin enjoyed the challenge. “It was worth all the work and the three black toenails,” he said.