Taking her sixth-straight championship at the 16th annual Barbara Schmidt Millar Celebration of Life Triathlon, Wenn Murphy made it look easy Sunday morning.
After gutting out a half-mile swim, an 11-mile bike ride and a 3-mile run, Murphy looked as though she could have gone out and covered the course again when she crossed the finish line.
But it wasn’t as easy it looked, the 29-year-old Nevada City native insisted.
“It’s getting harder every year,” she said. “I feel age creeping up on me. Now I feel pretty sore the next day.”
She’ll also likely be feeling pretty good about what she accomplished Sunday at Scotts Flat Lake, but not only in claiming her sixth championship crystal cup. That’s certainly satisfying, she said, but she’s not pushing herself primarily for the competition.
“My mom (Bonnie) is a breast cancer survivor, her sister is a breast cancer survivor and their mother died from breast cancer,” Murphy said. “It’s a big deal in our family. My sister (Breen) and I, as we get older and older, it’s become more of a concern for us.
“It’s definitely about the cause. Even when I’m not training hard, I’ll continue to do it just because it’s a great event, it’s so fun and the purpose behind it is such a great cause.”
Thirty-six year-old Nevada City resident Stephanie Adams took second place, while Chico’s Sue Kamrar, 49, finished third. Mary Peterson, a 50-year-old cancer survivor from Penn Valley finished fourth overall.
Evans Phelps, a regular top 10 finisher, returned to action this year after a bicycle crash sidelined her last year. At 60 years old, the Nevada City resident secured 10th place Sunday. Phelps was training for the 2009 triathlon when she crashed just a week before the event, breaking three ribs and shattering her shoulder blade into three pieces.
After completing the triathlon for an 11th time, she said it was great to be back, although she said it wasn’t too tough to stay away from the race last year after the accident.
“I was so miserable, it wasn’t hard to stay away,” she said. “I couldn’t come out, because I was so unhappy.
“What was hard was to not be as competitive this year. I’m competitive by nature, but I guess it’s time to grow up. I told myself that if I was going to do this, I would do it and find the joy in it. And I did enjoy it.”
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