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Council ready to break a sweat

Carolyn Sackariason
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” If you want to see Aspen Mayor Mick Ireland in a swimsuit, head to the Aspen Recreation Center on Saturday morning.

The newest elected leaders in the city are learning the meaning of teamwork outside the confines of City Hall.

Ireland and Councilmen Steve Skadron and Dwayne Romero have formed a team that will compete in the Aspen High Country Triathlon on Saturday. 

Romero will handle the 17-mile bike ride to the Maroon Bells, and Skadron, an avid marathoner, will take on the four-mile run up Maroon Creek Valley. That leaves Ireland doing the 800-yard indoor pool swim.

“The other guys didn’t want to do it and they said, ‘Since you are the mayor, you get to do the stuff we won’t do,'” Ireland joked.

Ireland, an avid bicyclist who has two state races under his belt this summer, is happy to do it and hopes to be out of the water in 17 minutes.

The trio joked about their participation at Monday’s City Council meeting.

“My marathon experience goes like this: Biking I’m not that fast, I’m mediocre at running and I’m bad at swimming,” Ireland said. “If we were serious about winning, Steve, we would let you do it all and just hand you a bottle of water.”

Skadron responded: “We usually see Mick in bike shorts, but if you want to see him in a Speedo …”

Ireland was adamant that he will not being sporting a Speedo during his swim, waving his hands in the air and crossing his fingers to form an X.

The trio will likely violate the state’s open meeting laws since their gathering will technically form a quorum. Consider this story the public notice of the meeting place and time: The ARC will act as the start, finish, and transition area for the race and the councilmen should be together at about 7 a.m. 

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