Fargo brings home second consecutive national championship
Just a year after capturing his first national title at the USA Triathlon age-group national championship in Milwaukee, Wisc., and just weeks after winning his division at the New York City Triathlon, Ocean View’s Lance Fargo returned home from Arkansas last week with another national championship.
“It certainly means a lot to me,” said Fargo of his two consecutive national titles. “I definitely felt more confident going into this year. Last year, I didn’t really know what to expect.”
On a relatively flat course in Milwaukee last year, Fargo went into the event as a national championship rookie, only to beat his goal time, despite his lack of experience with large-scale triathlons. This year, however, with varying terrain in Degray Lake, Ark., he had a different obstacle to overcome.
“This was a mountainous area. The course was more challenging,” he explained, “very hilly, a lot of climbing on the bike and uphill running.”
Not only did the more difficult course work against his time, but so did the warmer waters in comparison to Milwaukee, as racers were not permitted to wear a wetsuit for the swim portion. Without the additional buoyancy and hydrodynamic design of the suit, Fargo’s time dropped.
“My swim was a couple minutes slower,” he said. “Last year in Michigan, I think I was a little under 29 minutes, and this year I was around 31.5.”
His bike and run times were also slower compared to what they were on the Milwaukee course last year; however, at the end of the day they were still the best in the nation in the Clydesdale 40-59 Division, as he finished with a total time of 2:34:08. The time earned him first place and was a full 2:32 faster than the second-place finisher.
After taking his second national title last Saturday, Fargo again hit the track the following Sunday, to try his luck at the Sprint Championship Event, which consisted of a 500-yard swim, 16-mile bike ride and 3.5-mile run.
“I really had never raced in triathlon on consecutive days and didn’t know what to expect from myself,” he said.
Despite the uncertainty, Fargo finished first yet again, with a time of 1:22:06, to claim another national title. His time was more than four minutes faster than the second-place finisher.
“I actually think I felt a little stronger on the second day, which surprised me,” he said of Sunday’s race. “To sweep the two events was beyond my expectation. Last year, I only did the Olympic distance race, and this year I decided to try both races. It worked out pretty well.”
While Fargo has returned home to Ocean View to celebrate his victories, it won’t be long until he’s back on the track, as he’s set to compete in the First Responders Triathlon, Duathlon & Aquabike in Bethany Beach on Sept. 21. After that, he’ll try for yet another title, as he and his Weimaraner, Sarge, compete at the WCA National Amateur Gun Dog Championships.
“We’ll be giving it our best shot,” he said. “Sarge is currently ranked No. 1 field Weimaraner in the country. He had a great spring season, and I expect that he’ll carry that into the fall. I think we’ve got a great shot. Anything can happen.”