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PETERBOROUGH: We talked to ConVal grad Maxine Dunn before her triathlon bid last summer — this year, she’s the champion of the Kingston Triathlon

  • Maxine Dunn of Peterborough powers through one of her training runs in preparation for the 4th annual Monadnock Challenge Series Sprint Triathlon set for Aug. 10. Dunn has competed in each of the first three events and was the youngest participant in the inaugural event in 2009.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Maxine Joselow)

Peterborough resident Maxine Dunn parlayed her summer training regiment for the Hartwick College field hockey team into a first place finish in Sunday’s Kingston Triathlon.

Dunn, 20, finished the sprint triathlon, consisting of a quarter mile swim, 15 mile bike ride, and 5k run, in 1:32:56. The time put her more than ten minutes ahead of the next competitor in the female 20-24 division. The sprint triathlon was Dunn’s tenth, her first coming when she was just 14 years old.

Dunn graduated from ConVal in 2013 as a standout athlete, playing field hockey and softball. Her first team all state selection in field hockey garnered interest from college coaches, allowing Dunn to continue to play at a high level.

Following the end of the school year, Dunn is given a packet of suggested daily summer workouts by her college field hockey coach. “My finish in the triathlon motivated me and showed me that I’m going into preseason [next week] in the shape I want to be in,” said Dunn in a Tuesday interview. “I’m very goal oriented, it helps to see results and know where you’re at.”

According to Dunn, the swimming and biking portions of a triathlon help her become a stronger runner, which is a big part of her success on the field hockey turf.

“My favorite leg [of a triathlon] is swimming because it’s calming. I’ve been a lifeguard with the Peterborough Recreation Department for five years. I like training for swimming, it’s intimidating to some, but I like it,” said Dunn whose least favorite leg of a triathlon is the bike.

“Biking is hard. I don’t have a road bike, so I have to use my hybrid bike in competition. It’s hard to find time in my day to go out for a long bike ride. Biking is the leg I could improve the most,” said Dunn, who enjoys the challenge that a triathlon presents.

“Triathlons are a huge goal. It’s unique to be strong in all three legs. I enjoy triathlons because I’m always doing something different every day to train. There is always something to improve on.”

Dunn runs everyday, and swims and bikes “once or twice a week.”

“If I push too hard, training is no longer fun, I think it’s supposed to be fun. It’s a balance between pushing myself and pushing too hard,” explained Dunn.

Hartwick College is a small liberal arts school in Oneonta, N.Y., and so far Dunn is enjoying her college experience.

“I love college. I’m really glad i played a sport because it made for a really smooth transition. I’m going back [to school] Saturday and i cant wait,” said Dunn, who is studying to be a nurse.

“My passion is to help people and science and medicine is of interest to me. I can travel anywhere and be a nurse.”

According to Dunn, during the Fall season, she is a full time athlete. “Our games are on Saturday’s, so it’s a full-time commitment. All of the girls on the [field hockey] team are really committed.”

As Dunn heads into her sophomore year, there is no telling what the future holds, but she does have plans to continue to pursue triathlons.

“I’m definitely looking to play four years of field hockey in college. Then, I want to do an Olympic triathlon [.93 mile swim, 24.8 mile bike, 10k run] and see where that can take me. I think it would be cool to progress and do more with triathlons after school,” said Dunn.

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