Beach Blast Triathlon/Duathlon sprints into April

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 09:08 AM.

The event has steadily grown over the years. Last year, more than 800 athletes competed in the September and April editions of the Beach Blast.

“We have a come-back ratio of 30-35 percent, which is really a pretty good come-back rate,” Cemore said.

Beach Blast is also organized under the USA Triathlon banner so athletes who are members of triathlon clubs receive competition points for competing in the Beach Blast.

The life of a triathlete, Cemore noted, is not for everybody. Training consumes 17 hours of Cemore’s week, running three or four times a week, biking three or four times a week, building up and combining specialties as race preparation ramps up.

Plus, there is the need to consume all those calories that will be burned off.

“It is very annoying, I am always looking for food,” Cemore said with a laugh. “You have to love it. It will suck you in and you love it or you don’t. If you are going to be addicted to something, there are a lot worse things to be addicted to.”

Cemore got started in triathlons after observing the Gulf Coast Triathlon for several years in Panama City.

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