Ironman Lake Tahoe athlete profile: Tahoe Vista’s Adrian Tieslau |

Ironman Lake Tahoe athlete profile: Tahoe Vista’s Adrian Tieslau

Adrian Tieslau says he likes the Ironman swim, but biking is his best part of the race.
Sylas Wright / Sierra Sun |

TAHOE VISTA, Calif. — The 2015 Ironman Lake Tahoe triathlon is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 20, when more than 2,500 athletes will attempt to conquer the demanding feat.

It begins with a 2.4-mile swim at Kings Beach in Lake Tahoe, followed by a 112-mile bike trip with a two-loop circuit traveling from Kings Beach, Truckee and over Brockway Summit, before finishing at Squaw Valley.

Athletes then must complete a 26.2-mile marathon run through Squaw Valley and up to Tahoe, before eventually looping back to Squaw for the finish.

As we count down the weeks leading up to this year’s biggest adventure race, the Sierra Sun is publishing a series of Q-and-A interviews with local athletes who are registered to compete.

This week, we feature Adrian Tieslau of Tahoe Vista.

Name: Adrian Tieslau

Residence: Tahoe Vista

Age: 43

Q: What is the most challenging athletic event you’ve competed in to date?

A: “I was signed up for Ironman Lake Tahoe in 2014 and when it was cancelled due to smoke from the King Fire I managed to sign up and complete Ironman Arizona in November 2014. The course doesn’t have many steep hills but the winds were strong on the course and made it difficult. I was happy to complete the event in under 12 hours.”

Q: How do you anticipate the 2015 Ironman Lake Tahoe comparing to that?

A: “Tougher. Hills and high altitude should add to the difficulty.”

Q: What inspired you to sign up for the 2015 Ironman Lake Tahoe?

A: “I was signed up last year (2014) and was at the start when the announcement came that the event was cancelled due to unhealthy air quality from the King Fire. Ironman is such an iconic name in athletic events. The fact that this race is here is great and it is something I would like to complete. Competing close to home with the support of friends in the community is something special.”

Q: What are your emotions entering Ironman Lake Tahoe. Are you nervous, excited, both?

A: “Both. I won’t get into it, but this year has been difficult for myself and the local community and emotions will be heavy.”

Q: What is your favorite portion of a triathlon — swim, bike or run — and why?

A: “I enjoy the swim, but the bike is my best event so I suppose I enjoy it the most. I do some local road racing events and I really enjoy competing on the bike.”

Q: How is your training going? Do you feel like you’ll be prepared for the challenge on race day?

A: “OK. I juggle a full-time job and have a family with three kids so my training time is limited, although my family is super supportive in this effort. I found that entering local events such as the Auburn Triathlon and the Donner Lake Triathlon really helps with the training. These events are fun and work well with the family schedule. I have some work to do until race day but I think I’ll get there.”

Q: Do you have any specific goals in mind as far as a certain time? Or is reaching the finish line the only goal?

A: “I have a completion time frame in mind but not a specific time. I want to finish feeling OK and not be out there forever.”

Q: Who among your friends and family will be on hand to root you on?

A: “I’ll have a good chunk of friends and family out there rooting me on. It’s great to have this support.”

Q: How do you plan to celebrate your finish?

A: “A couple of PBRs. Ha. No, I’ll have to wait on those. Probably the biggest need will be getting some sleep. Celebrate the next day.”

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