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26 | November 9, 2017 | The highland park landmark SPORTS Falcons From Page 31 Higher Cut Styles Built for the Changing Weather Ahead 608 990 1400 and the arena’s hockey programs are feeder programs for FHA. “It is a great fit to have the Falcons professionals teaching our entrylevel hockey programs,” Recreation Manager for Athletics/Centennial Ice Arena Chris Maliszewski said. “And, it is an added benefit for our hockey students to work with the Falcons professionals early on especially if they chose to move up to the Falcons as they become more proficient in the sport.” The mission of the Falcons Hockey Association is to conduct youth hockey programs, of unequalled quality, that provide a fun and exciting experience for skaters and their families, in an environment that promotes competition, sportsmanship, and teamwork, and that have a positive lasting impact upon the development of the participants as hockey players, individuals and members of the community. 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New Balance North Shore 610 Central Avenue • Port Clinton Square Downtown Highland Park 847-266-8323 • Open 7 Days • visit us online at Athlete of the Week 10 Questions with Ari Cole Ari Cole is a senior at Highland Park High School, and a swimmer for the varsity team. How did you get started swimming? I have been swimming since I was 4 years old. I joined Coho, which is the Deerfield competitive swim club, when I was 5 years old. I’ve been swimming for a while. What is your favorite race to swim? My favorite is the 50 freestyle. I like sprinting a lot more than anything distance. I think I’m fastest in those events and I find them super fun. What is your least favorite stroke? I think butterfly would be my least favorite stroke. It’s really hard. What has been a standout moment in swimming for you this year? I think it’s just this team in general. I don’t think I would have made it through the year without the girls I was swimming with. I think the friendship that we made on the team every year has really kept me going and I love all the friends I’ve made on the team. What are your college plans thus far? I’ve applied to a bunch of schools but I haven’t heard back yet from any of them. A few schools that I’m applying to are Washington, Seattle, Oregon, University of Maryland and University of Illinois. Are you planning on swimming in college? I don’t think I’m going to swim competitively, but I think I’ll swim every once in a while maybe for the club team or to just work out. What do you want to study in college? I’m major in biology in a pre-med track. I think [I want to go into] something in pediatric surgery, but I’m not quite sure yet. What is the best vacation you’ve gone on? I went to Israel a few Scott Margolin/22nd Century Media years ago on winter break. We have a bunch of family that is from there and that live there now. I thought it was amazing and I really want to go back. I really loved everything I learned from that experience. Where is a place that you want to travel to, but haven’t made it there just yet? We’re going to South Africa this winter break. It’s going to be super cool and I’m excited for that. If you could have super power, what would it be? I think I would want the power to read minds. I think that would be really cool to know what people are thinking and to understand what they want in that moment. Interview by Sports Editor Brittany Kapa SPORTS the highland park landmark | November 9, 2017 | 27 Father-son duo complete third Ironman competition Highland Park natives help, push each other in training Erin Redmond Freelance Reporter Some fathers and sons play catch together, others go fishing. But not the Engelkes. They do Ironman competitions. David Engelke and his son, David Engelke II, recently completed their third Ironman competition together, the Madison Wisconsin Ironman, on Sept. 10. It was David Engelke’s first Ironman as a 60-year-old and also one of his fastest. In fact, the Highland Park resident actually beat his 38-yearold son in the 2.4-mile swim portion of the race. David Engelke swam a time of 1 hour, 36 minutes, 32 seconds, while David Engelke II finished that event in 1:41:38. “Yeah, I pretty much smoked him in the swim — there’s no question about that,” David Engelke said, playfully teasing his son. “... I felt great in the swim; I probably worked harder in the swim than I had in previous years. ... I came out of the water and I knew, if I believed my watch — and I had to look at it a couple of times — that I just set a personal record for my swim portion, so I was pretty pumped. I got into the bike portion and finished the bike and had a PR on my bike. I cramped up a little bit in the run, but I think it was my second fastest Ironman.” With the younger Engelke suffering an injury earlier in the year, his father said he thought this was the year he would finally surpass his son in their friendly — yet grueling — competition. But not to be outdone by his father, David Engelke II not only beat his father’s time, but set a personal record in the process, completing the swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run in 14:58.23. The elder David Engelke finished the competition in a time of 15:41:10, finishing the bike in 7:47:10 and run in 5:55:2. “The cool thing when we started this was my dad was such a good runner, I could never keep up with him,” David Engelke II said. “Well, once we got into triathlons, I could finally kind of keep up with him because I was much faster than him on the swim and the bike normally, so I could compensate for what he was going to catch me on the run. So this time when he swam faster than me, I’m thinking ‘wow, he’s really not messing around today.’ But it worked out and we both had a great day, both finished and were able to celebrate afterwards.” 11 months in the making For the Engelkes, the goal is simply to make it to the starting line of their chosen Ironman competition. And in order to get there, their training begins 11 months before race day. The younger Engelke now lives in Peoria, so the father and son trade off weekends going back and forth between there and Highland Park to train with one another. Their training consists David Engelke, of Highland Park, crosses the finish line at the Madison Wisconsin Ironman Sept. 10. Photo submitted of hill runs called “killers,” which is half a hill, and “killer-dillers” which is the whole hill repeat. The Engelkes will run between 35-40 miles per week, either through the hill repeats, stair repeats or traditional runs. In total, they will bike between 130-150 miles per week, the longest of which is the 90-mile ride they usually do together on Saturdays. And if that wasn’t enough, they also swim 2-4 miles per week. “Really the cool thing that has come out of this is the amount time we spend together, talking about what we did and what our plan is and also getting together,” David Engelke II said. “We also do some events before the Ironman together to try and get us prepped for it. One of them is called Escape from Alcatraz triathlon and it’s in June. It’s a really cool event where you kind of swim from Alcatraz Island into San Francisco Bay and then it’s a triathlon from there. We’ve incorporated that kind of into the training, too, so it’s kind of become a year-long thing.” A lifelong passion David Engelke had always been a runner. He has run countless marathons — including 15 Chicago Marathons and a Boston Marathon, just to name a few — but as he got older, he found crosstraining with swimming and biking was a little easier on the body. Yet, he wasn’t satisfied with just training; his competitive spirit fueled him to consider triathlons. But, he wasn’t about to compete in just any triathlon. “In 2011, he came up to me and said he wanted to try an Ironman and of course I thought he was crazy because he had never done any triathlons, so why start with the biggest, hardest one there is?,” David Engelke II said. ”... After a week or so of thinking about it, contemplating it and talking with my wife about it, I said what the heck, we’ll go for it. We trained for 8-10 months that year and did our first Ironman that year. This was the fourth one since then.” The duo attempted their first Ironman together in 2011, but the elder Engelke didn’t finish. He cramped up and missed the cutoff time, causing him to be disqualified. That experience didn’t damper his spirit; it only made him train harder. And his son was there to push him every step of the way. “It’s nice being able to do these workouts with your son and the camaraderie, that’s really a big part of it for me,” David Engelke said. “The goal is always to get to the starting line. If we can get to the starting line of the Ironman, we think we’ve accomplished something. You never know what’s going to happen the day of the Ironman, in my opinion. We made it to the starting line and we both finished. Aloha, Ironman With three Engelkes under their belts, the pair has no plans of stopping any time soon. While their next Ironman might be a couple years, they will continue to compete in the Escape for Alcatraz triathlon and the elder David Engelke will also run the Boston Marathon. Looking into the future, David Engelke and his son said they want to compete in the Ironman World Championship, held in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. In order to compete here, however, they need to qualify — which the elder Engelke said is a long shot — or earn their bid via a lottery. But for now, they’ve got plenty to keep them coming back to compete year-after-year. “The medal and the T- shirt — that’s pretty much all we get out of it,” David Engelke joked. “It’s really the satisfaction of coming across that finish line at an Ironman is beyond belief. I don’t know how to put it into words. Our goal is to get to the starting line and obviously once we start it’s to get to the finish line.”