Bertolina has 72 miles to bike and a 72-mile run for her Tahoe Trifecta
The ‘boring’ portion of her epic journey is full, now Andi Bertolina simply faces a 72-mile bike journey on Tuesday, adopted by a 72-mile run round Lake Tahoe on Wednesday.
Bertolina accomplished the swim portion of her ‘Tahoe Trifecta’ on Monday at South Lake Tahoe.
She swam 72 miles across the fringe of the lake over the previous 12 days, swimming six miles most days, with some 10 milers in there.
Bertolina, 26 took in the future off, attributable to wind, since beginning her quest on Sept. 10.
Though Bertolina was a swimmer at Wooster Excessive College, she mentioned the swimming a part of her try was powerful, primarily because of the tedious nature of it.
“It was sort of boring, since you’re simply face down within the water the entire time,” she mentioned.
She had an boat escort from the South Tahoe Hearth Division on Monday and was greeted by a small gathering of family and friends on the seashore.
She mentioned folks on the quite a few docks across the lake additionally cheered her on. She had an orange buoy on her again whereas swimming to make her simpler to see.
“Every day had its personal points, however total, I feel it went in addition to it might,” she mentioned of the swimming leg.
She mentioned her thoughts wandered fairly a bit whereas swimming. Generally she would plan her bike journey and run, different instances she would merely rely her strokes.
Bertolina has had some assist for her journey. Tahoe Sports activities donated using a ship for her father, Chuck Bertolina, to observe alongside on her day by day swims. He had a ship already booked earlier than she started, however that boat was broken by a drunk driver the evening earlier than she began.
She is beginning and ending her bike and run on the seashore beneath Ski Run Blvd in South Tahoe, close to Tahoe Sports activities to acknowledge their assist.
“They’ve all been tremendous cool and everyone seems to be cheering me on the entire time,” she mentioned.
She mentioned the bike journey on Tuesday ought to take her about 5 hours and she is going to begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
The run, although, on Wednesday, might take anyplace from 14-18 hours. She plans to begin working about 4 a.m. Wednesday and want to be executed by 8 p.m. that evening, though she admitted it might go as late as midnight.
She is going to do the bike and run clockwise round Tahoe.
She has run a pair marathons, since she began working in 2018, however has by no means tried a 72-mile run in in the future earlier than.
Bertolina doesn’t plan to cease for greater than 5 minutes throughout her run, in order that it feels extra like a triathlon.
“I wished to do all of it consecutively, like a standard triathlon could be executed,” she mentioned. “I’ve given myself a little bit little bit of a break, by taking a day to do every occasion, as an alternative of doing it back-to-back. Nevertheless it’s too large of an occasion to do back-to-back.”
Chuck Bertolina might be there each 10 miles to present her meals and assist. She mentioned a good friend goes to run two of the 10-mile legs along with her.
“It is solely 3,000 toes of acquire for 72 miles, that is like nothing. That is hardly any ups and downs,” she mentioned. “However I do know I’ll be drained by the hill by Sand Harbor. That hill simply retains going up and up and up till you get to Freeway 50.”
She hopes to take care of a 13-minute per mile tempo.
Her vitamin comes largely from peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and bananas, though she mentioned Eggos waffles have been an enormous a part of it additionally.
Bertolina works at Heavenly Ski Resort and is taking courses each Monday and Wednesday to develop into an EMT, even whereas finishing her Tahoe Trifecta, though she admitted she must miss Wednesday’s class.
Jim Krajewski covers highschool and youth sports activities for the Reno Gazette Journal. Comply with him on Twitter @RGJPreps. Support his work by subscribing to RGJ.com right here.