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Page 10 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 24, 1986
Evans-a triathlete ace

Two and a half miles of swimming in the
Pacific. One hundred and twelve miles of biking
over hilly terrain. Finish with 26.2 miles of road
running--marathon style. And no, you can't rest
in between .
On October 18 that is exactly what David
Evans, a 25-year-old University graduate student,
will do to his mind and body - for the third time.
NEXT MONTH Evans will be one of about 1200
participants in the creme de la creme of triathlons,
the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii. Not just
anybody can enter the Ironman. A qualifying
I'm very, very cautious not
to overtrain because I think
(the triathlon) lends itself to
being obsessive.'
- David Evans
Ironman Triathlete
time must be reached, assuring that only the best
triathletes in the country will compete for the
$100,000 in prize money.
Evans is one of the best.
In his first Ironman distance triathlon, the
Midwest Triathlon Championships held in
Minnesota in July 1984, Evans placed fourth
THAT SAME year, he placed seventh in his
first Hawaii Ironman race - an astounding feat
considering he had to juggle his training with
studies as a kinesiology grad student, work as a
freelance writer for several. national triathlon

publications, and job duties as a landlord. Most
upper-echelon triathletes devote the majority of
their time to training. Evans is proud that he has
accomplished so much on a "minimum mileage"
training program compared to his competitors.
Over a four year period Evans has won fifteen
triathlons of lesser mileage than an Ironman.
Five of those victories came this year. Not bad for
someone who participated in his first triathlon in
1981 as an undergraduate at Carleton College in
Minnesota "on a whim with some buddies," as he
put it.
Since then he has competed in almost two dozen
triathlon races throughout the country.
Although Evans savors his success, he makes
sure the triathlon does not dominate his time.
"I'M VERY, VERY cautious not to overtrain
because I think the sport lends itself to being
obsessive," he said. "I don't want that to happen."
Evans prepares in what he terms a "laissez-
faire" style of training. "I play it by ear," he said.
"Nothing is set in stone."
Evans determines how he feels both physically
and emotionally on a given day and then sets his
daily workouts accordingly. He also believes the
"best training is to train with those who are more of
an expert than you."
COME OCTOBER 18th, Evans' "laissez-faire"
training might result in a top ten finish. If all goes
well, he said, he will be able to concentrate
intensely and feel no pain.
"I concentrate on people in front of me and make
mini-races out of it," said Evans.
Concentration and mental strength are the keys
to the race. "I feel 90 percent of the race is mental
preparation," he said, and with all competitors
entering the race in superior physical shape, "it's
the mental edge that makes the difference."
Two and a half miles of swimming, 112 miles of
biking, and 26.2 miles of running.
Whether Evans reaches his goal of a top ten
finish, those numbers alone make him a true


Daily Photo by PETE ROSS
David Evans swims laps in preparation for October's Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii. This year's competition
will be the third for the 25-year-old graduate student.
Blu -Jays topple Petroi

Special to the Daily
DETROIT - It was another
rough outing in Tiger Stadium
for 1984 Cy Young Award Winner
Willie Hernandez last night as
the Tiger relief ace came on in the
ninth inning and gave up three
runs to give the Toronto Blue Jays
a 6-3 win.
Tony Fernandez broke the
game open with a one-out two-run
double. Reliever Mark Eichorn,
now 13-5, pitched three innings

for the win.
THE TIGERS' designated hitter
Darnell Coles got things started in
the second inning when he took the
Jays' John Cerutti downtown, hitting
; a bases empty blast into the lower
deck in left field.
The Blue Jays struck back in
the fourth when Bryan Kelly,
making his second start of the
year, loaded the bases for catcher
Ernie Whit, who followed with a
two-run single just beyond the

reach of Lou Whitaker at second.
The Tigers tied the game in the
fifth with three straight singles
from Mike Heath, Whitaker, and
Alan Trammell.
In the seventh, pinch hitter
Darrell Evans put the Tigers in
front, 3-2, with his 29th homer of
the season.
But the Jays countered with
some power of their own when
Jesse Barfield smashed an Eric
King fastball into the upper deck
in left field. Toronto then scored
*the three runs off Hernandez, who
is now 8-7.





looks for


The hockey season is fast
approaching, and Michigan
should be one of the most
improved teams in the Central
Collegiate Hockey Association.
When the Wolverines meet
Bowling Green on October 10 at
Yost Ice Arena, they will feature
a youth movement. Coach Red
Berenson" recruited one of the
finest freshman classes in the
nation. The new talent combined
with a solid returning nucleus
should make Yost an exciting
place to be this winter.
To increase support, a student
group is being formed to help
publicize the team. Anyone is
welcome to participate. Writing,
typing, or art skills would be
helpful. Group members will be
provided with game tickets.
Interested students should call
Tom Wall at 665-7374 between 6-
10 p.m.


Detroit Tiger star Jack Morris
popped open a beer and sat down
with a paper after Monday night's
win, his 19th of the season.
"I don't care about personal
glory," said Morris, in the final
year of his contract with the
Tigers. "This season just has not
been fun. The team's been
playing poorly, and that damn
Clemens has ruined my shot at
the Cy.
"And the worst part of it is, I've I
gotta stick around the fine city of
Detroit during October and
November for contract
"Well," Morris said, turning
to the back page of the paper, "At
least there's Griddes."
Be like Jack. Turn in your
picks to 420 Maynard by midnight
Friday, and win a free pizza from
Pizza Bob's.
1. Florida State at MICIIGAN
(pick total points)
2. Western Michigan at Michigan
3. Utah at Ohio State
4. Purdue at Notre Dame
5. Texas-El Paso at Iowa
6. Indiana at Missouri
7. Pacific at Minnesota
8. Wyoming at Wisconsin


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