It was a situation that Ocean View resident and triathlete Lance Fargo had been in before… pretty much.
Also a frequent competitor in National Amateur Field Championships with his Weimaraner dog, NAFC FC AFC Snake Breaks Sargent “Sarge” Von Reiteralm, Fargo had already experienced having to wait a full calendar year for a shot at redemption, since, after a mishap in 2014, Fargo and Sarge earned their first title in December 2015.
While Fargo is no stranger to bringing home USA Triathlon Clydesdale National Championships, he missed out on the title in 2015 after back-to-back titles in 2013 and 2014, when a knee injury kept him from training properly.
But just like with Sarge, after long year’s wait, Fargo was back on top for the 2016 USA Triathlon Clydesdale and Athena National Championships, held in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Sunday June, 12.
Competing in the Clydesdale division for men weighing more than 200 pounds, Fargo earned his third Olympic-distance national championship and fourth USAT title collectively. (He also won a sprint triathlon national championship in 2014.)
“I was really extra-motivated to come back and have a strong effort this year,” said Fargo of his training headed into the event.
That motivation showed when not only did he redeem himself, but he posted some personal record times in the process.
After a personal best 27:04 starting off the event’s swim portion, Fargo moved on to the cycle — where he clocked in with a 1:01.47.
Then, in what his Achilles heel in 2015, he was on to the run, where he finished in 45:15, for a collective time of 2:17:38 — PR’ing in all three categories.
“The knee was not a factor, thank God. I felt very healthy,” he said. “I felt like a powerhouse all day.”
While he noted Sarge’s comeback story as motivation, Fargo also attributed much of his success to his coach and former pro triathlete, Kevin Danahy, who helped him get back into fighting shape after last year’s setback.
Recently celebrating his 50th birthday, Fargo has no plans to slow down anytime soon.
“To be able to be competitive at age 50 certainly encourages me that I have a couple years left in the tank,” Fargo said. “We’ll just keep training hard and see where it goes. It’s something I really enjoy. As long as I’m feeling good, I’m gonna keep doing it.”
And not only is he not slowing down, in fact, he’s planning on revving things up, citing as the ultimate victory to finally win both the Clydesdale championship and the NAFC title with Sarge in the same year. That could very well happen this December, when the 2016 National Amateur Field Championships get under way.
“There’s nothing that motivates me like working toward a specific goal — whether it’s the National Amateur Championship with Sarge or the national championship in triathlon. Having that goal to focus on really keeps me motivated and keeps me working hard.”