March 2015 - Dennis Winsten
Name: Dennis Winsten
Category: 100 Triathlons
What is your occupation?
President, Dennis Winsten & Associates, Inc. Healthcare Systems Consultants
Tell us a little bit about your family.
Wife, Pam, is also a triathlete but still a long way from the Century Club. Son, Michael is a psychiatrist, Daughter, Joanna - veterinary assistant, Daughter, Cheryl - statistician. Stepkids: Brian (firefighter), Kirstin (Teacher), Ingrid (Paramedic); Grandkids: Dmitri, Sara, Maria, Sam, Corinne, Nicolas, Braelynn, McCalla, Kellen.
When did you begin you multisport career and what made you decide to start racing multisport events?
I began in 1983. Fountain Mountain Half IRONMAN was my first triathlon (Didn't realize how dumb it was to do a 1/2 as my first race, but I did finish!). I had been a fairly good age-group runner starting in 1975 and had done multiple marathons as well as a multitude of 10ks, 5ks, etc. Started because I felt the three disciplines was a more balanced fitness approach and I was intrigued by the challenge.
What have you learned from your participation in multisport events?
Don't ever give up! Stay the course and you can succeed.
Has your participation in multisport events help you overcome and challenges? If so, what?
Aging! I'm 76 and still actively competing in triathlons despite one artificial knee. Don't compete as often as I did when I wore a younger man's trishort.
What is something you can't race without?
Do you have a bucket list race? If so, what race?
Nothing particular after 30-plus years of competing except maybe, do the Hawai'ian IRONMAN one more time. I think that I can do it.
What is one of your favorite race memories/experiences?
Finishing the 1991 Hawai'ian IRONMAN late at night and still being able to go body surfing the next day.
What is a goal you would like to accomplish one day?
Compete in a team triathlon with each of my younger (under 18) grandkids and my wife (I swim, wife bikes, grandkid runs). So far, one down and five to go.