HY-VEE TRIATHLON: Working With Weather

As the temperatures ramp up so do the preparations for the Hy-Vee Triathlon.

Hy-Vee representatives say they are taking extra precautions including providing extra misters, water, and first responders at Gray’s Lake Park.

Triathletes may be competing against the clock, but Hy-Vee Triathlon`s Ruth Comer says the race isn’t all about speed. Comer says, “Triathlon is an endurance event. And part of that endurance is battling the elements.”

Most people planning to do the tri have already trained in high temperatures. Comer says, “They`re ready for them, but this kind of heat puts a whole another consideration into play.”

But the athletes aren’t the only ones dealing with the less than ideal conditions.  Operations manager Greg Doukakis is in charge of set-up for the Hy-Vee Triathlon.  He and his workers are also trying to handle the heat. Doukakis says, “You know the heat today is obviously going to be bad and tomorrow it`s going to be worse but we just got to work through it and get it done.”

Setting up the stands for the big event, it`s so hot workers have to wear gloves while moving the metal.

Like the triathletes, these workers are also racing against the clock. Doukakis says, “We`re on a time constraint so we just go to get it done. So we can`t stop and wait till the weather changes. We got to work through the weather.”

Adding extra water breaks, may add on to their time, but it also increases their endurance. And much like the athletes who will be here this weekend, with enough training, stamina, and water breaks these workers will finish with flying colors.

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