Ken Merenda, 59
Environmental Engineer – Fluor Corporation (SugarLand)
Hobbies (other than triathlon):
Play organ & piano. Collect sports media guides. Enjoy outdoor activities such as kayaking and hiking.
Family Status (married/single/number and age of children or siblings):
Married to Joy. One daughter (38); one stepson (34); one son (33); two grandsons (14 and 11).
Pets (name, age, breed etc.):
RJ (Golden Retriever, age 4); Sherman (Great Dane, age 4)
Years in Triathlon:
Five – however, I have been a runner for many years and did some duathlons before doing triathlons
Best or Favorite Event (swim/bike/run):
Any event that doesn’t involve me sinking to the bottom of a pool, lake, bay etc.
I like all the sprint distance races and I also enjoy relays. Races lasting much longer than 2 hours tend to become more of a chore than an enjoyable competition and may require more preparation time than is reasonable when you have other responsibilities such as family.
Currently Training For (list the race(s) you are focusing your efforts on for this year):
Rockin R Toobin Triathlon in Gruene, TX
Started Triathlon Because:
My wife, Joy, was already involved and encouraged me to do it (which she sometimes now regrets).
Best Racing Experience:
Winning my age group in my first triathlon race.
Worst Racing Experience:
Standing in transition, trying in vain to buckle my bike helmet, which I had placed backwards upon my head (one week after Best Racing Experience).
Racing Advice (training tips, favorite drink or food item, ways to avoid injuries etc.):
Enjoy racing; these events are the rewards for the time and effort you put in while training. You are far more likely to experience an off day while training than when racing. Never assume you are completely safe when swimming, riding a bicycle or running. Don’t take unnecessary chances; it’s not worth getting injured. Especially watch out for those squirrels when riding.