IOWA CITY, Iowa - It was survival of the fittest at the North Dodge Athletic Club on Saturday.
"I survived at least," said Participant Chris Horak.
"I made it in the water. So, so far so good," said Participant Steph Hoeper.
Dozens of exercise enthusiasts put the pedal to the metal during the club's third annual indoor triathlon.
"I think our first year doing this we had 12 or 13 people doing the race," said North Dodge Group Fitness Instructor and Triathlon Organizer Jason Clark. "Last year we had 49 and this year we maxed out at 64."
Each person completed three tasks: 30 minutes on the stationary bike, 20 minute on the treadmill and ten minutes in the indoor pool.
"The strategy, I guess, is to go all out as much as you can, but then you've got to pace yourself too because it's pretty easy to burn out easily," Horak said.
Carey Schillig brought her friends with her to participate. She shifted into high gear for her final task of running for twenty minutes.
"[I'm doing] pretty good considering my team is all guys," Schillig said.
The proceeds from the race go to The Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City. Clark said there was a personal story behind that choice.
"My youngest brother is physically handicapped. He's got Spina bifida and he spent a lot of time, my parents spent a lot of time, at the Ronald McDonald House in the early days of his life," Clark said.
So in the end, the participants knew their pain was someone else's gain.
The 2012 indoor triathlon winner biked, swam and ran a total of about 21 miles.
This year, the men's overall winner was Brian Enearl with a total of 23.5 miles. The women's overall winner wasJamie Isherwood with a total of 19.57 miles.