It’s getting to be Make-A-Wish Triathlon time again (Sept. 24), and Sea Colony resident Peter O’Dunne will likely run again this year — but not before neighbors and family embarrass him a little for his recent accomplishments in sport.
O’Dunne, 49, completed his first Ironman Triathlon in late July, crossing through the tape at the old Olympic Village in Lake Placid, N.Y. His daughter, Katie, joined him for the last quarter mile.
He was no newcomer to distance events — his wife, Kathleen, said he’d run marathons before, and in 2003, the Eagleman Triathlon in Cambridge, Md. (like an Ironman, but half as long in each category).
According to Kathleen, O’Dunne trained hard for six months plus. “I used to tease him that he saw more of his trainer than he did of me,” she pointed out. She recognized Jon Conklin for dedicating his free time, and helping keep O’Dunne injury-free, throughout training and the event itself.
Thus prepared, he set out at 7 a.m., and paced back into the Olympic Village — around 10 p.m. An Ironman involves (1) an invigorating 2.4-mile swim followed by (2) a brisk 112-mile bike ride followed by (3) a leg-stretching 26.2-mile marathon.
“Just to complete the event is incredible,” his wife proclaimed. “These are distances most people — me, for instance — just don’t get. But he loved it so much he registered for next year’s event the very next day.”
Compared to the Ironman, this year’s Make-A-Wish Triathlon (0.9-mile swim, 22.4-mile bike, 6.2-mile run) will probably feel like just another casual weekend at the beach.