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September 5, 2007

ULM's Colvin places in world competition

The University of Louisiana at Monroe's Lisa Colvin finished 12th in her age group at the Hamburg BG Triathlon World Championships, held in Hamburg, Germany Aug. 30 - Sept. 2.

Colvin, interim director of research and graduate studies at ULM, participated in the 40-44 age group, being the fourth ranked U.S. woman competitor in that range. She first qualified at the USA Triathlon 2007 Age Group National Championship June 30 near Portland, Ore., finishing ninth in her category.

Her times at the world championships include: 26:53 in a one-mile swim; 1:07:41 in the 40K (25 miles) bike race; and a 43:44 in the 10K run.

According to the Inside Triathlon Web site, the athletes dove off a pontoon and into the Binnenalster, one of two artificial lakes within the city limits of Hamburg. They swam two laps of 750 meters in a wetsuit swim and then cycled eight laps of a 5-kilometer loop on a flat, technical course that includes eight sharp turns around downtown Hamburg. Off the bike, athletes ran four laps of a 2.5-kilometer loop on a flat course that included two turnaround points.

Colvin attended college at ULM, where she ran cross-country and track. After graduating and moving from Monroe, she took a 13-year hiatus from triathlons. Since returning, she has been teaching at ULM for the past four years. Colvin was named a USA Triathlon All-American in 2005 and 2006.

A typical training week:

Monday: Swim 3500 yards with Indian Aquatic Club at 6 a.m. and run 4-6 miles afterwards; bike 1-1.5 hours easy (25 miles) in the p.m.

Tuesday: Hard group bike ride for 45-50 miles in the p.m.

Wednesday: Bike 30 miles and immediately run 30 minutes, using a brick method.

Thursday: Bike time trial intervals of 30-35 miles in the p.m.

Friday: Swim 3500 yards with IAC at 6 a.m.; bike 25 miles easy in the p.m.

Saturday: Bike 60-90 miles in the hills of West Monroe and Ruston; run 6-8 miles if time permits.

Sunday: Off

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