Dr. Kier Huehnergarth, a cardiologist at The Polyclinic Madison Center, will be participating in the annual Seafair Triathlon on Sunday, July 23, 2017. He was featured in the Seafair blog for his regular participation in the event. The following is republished from the Seafair Festival Blog.
Dr. Huehnergarth competed in his first successful triathlon in 2011. The first year the Olympic course was offered in Seattle, Dr. Huehnergarth took on the challenge. The Swedish Seafair Triathlon offers Seattle’s ONLY Olympic distance course. The Olympic distance course includes a 1-mile swim, 20-mile bike, and 10k run.
You might be thinking “there is no way I could ever compete in a triathlon”. Well… Dr. Huehnergarth was quick to say it is more achievable than you think! Dr. Huehnergarth went to the lake 3-4 mornings a week and ran 45-60 minutes a day. If you have a body of water around you, you can practice swimming. If you have running shoes, you can practice running. The only thing you need to purchase is a bike.
While Dr. Huehnergarth runs, he listens to audio books and he accomplishes two things at once. He says “not only are you exercising your body, but your mind as well”. While, Dr. Huehnergarth does enjoy the independence of the training process and describes it as “just time for myself”, he also enjoys the comradery of the sport.
His friends from all over the country fly to Seattle for the Swedish Seafair Triathlon. From San Francisco to Miami to Washington D.C., his friends never miss the “Northwest’s best triathlon”. Even his 11-year-old daughter has competed in the Swedish Seafair Kid’s Triathlon! For the first time ever, BOTH his daughters will be competing in the Kid’s Triathlon and he could not be more excited. Dr. Huehnergarth stated “Seafair has been a highlight of my summer since I was a kid” and he now creates more memories with his children and closest friends.