Ohio Township man wins international distance Pittsburgh Triathlon
Eric Angstadt wasn't aware that he had a gash down the side of his left calf, but adrenaline has a funny way of covering up the pain on race day.
The Ohio Township resident fell in transition from the bike to the run in Sunday's international distance Pittsburgh Triathlon, but he barely noticed the damage until after the race was over and he crossed the finish line first. Angstadt finished in 1 hour, 58 minutes and 25 seconds, beating runner-up and 2009 winner Colin Gundling by 29 seconds.
“It'll sting in the morning, but it feels great right now,” said Angstadt, 28, who already was bruised and scraped in the same place from a training ride spill a week earlier.
Gundling finished in 1:58:54, followed by Eric Burnett in 1:58:57. Heather Westerman, 41, of Ligonier won the women's race for the second time since 2010 with a time of 2:09:46, followed by Loren Winebrenner, 31, of Hyndman in 2:12:05 and 2012 winner Jeanne DeBonis of Cleveland in 2:15:16.
The international distance triathlon, which had 425 entrants and started and ended on the North Shore, involved a 1,500-meter swim in the Allegheny River, a 40K bike ride utilizing the HOV lane of the Parkway North and a 10K run along the river.
The Pittsburgh Triathlon was Angstadt's first race in 2009, and he's competed every year since, finishing in the top five the past three years. He was the runner-up in 2010 and again in '11. He placed fifth last year.
“Other than being slick (from the rain), coming into and out of transition it was great,” Angstadt said. “The river was in pretty good condition, the bike course dried out a little so it wasn't too slick, and the run was really flat and really fast this year.”
Angstadt was fourth out of the water and took the lead on the bike at the start of the second loop. He led from that point forward.
Gundling, who was third last year, said the competition has gotten stronger in recent years.
“I rely on the run a lot to catch people, and I caught a good amount of people, but Eric just had an awesome race,” said Gundling, who will compete in the Ironman World Championship in October in Hawaii. “He held me off. He's a better biker than I am, and he had just the right amount of time on the bike that he gained. But this race has gotten so much faster. It used to be really fast, then there were a couple years where it dipped, but now a lot of guys are coming back.”
Winebrenner, who was first across the finish line but placed second to Westerman because of different starting times, was competing in her first Pittsburgh Triathlon.
“I was second coming out of the water, I think,” Winebrenner said. “But my bike went fairly well. I just got a new bike, so I was excited to try it out. I felt pretty good today, but there was a lot of good competition. I'm happy to do as well as I did because there are a lot of good ladies here.”