It hasn’t been because of a lack of competition, but it’s been very tough to catch up to Liz Miller at the Los Alamos Triathlon for several years now.
Miller, one of Los Alamos’ top multi-sport athletes, held off another tough challenge from Santa Fe veteran athlete Mary Uhl to win her third consecutive women’s triathlon title Saturday.
The triathlon celebrated its 40th running this year. It features a 20-kilometer bike leg — which goes down and back Pajarito Road on Los Alamos National Laboratory property — followed by a 400-meter swim in the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center pool followed by a 5-kilometer run.
Miller was the first woman out on the course Saturday morning, which actually isn’t an enviable position because it’s tougher to judge by how much one is leading or trailing at any given point in the race.
But Miller posted a time of 1 hour, 11 minutes and 27 seconds, which was close to a minute and 45 seconds better than Uhl, who went out second in the women’s race.
There was less than 45 seconds separating the two following the bike portion and about 50 seconds between them following the swim before Miller put it away in the final leg.