Do you know what an Ironman triathlon is?
It’s a 2.4 mile swim, then a 112 mile bike ride, followed by a full marathon. You know the cyclists that do century bike rides? And the runners that do marathons? Imagine doing both of those in one day AFTER swimming 2.4 miles. That’s an Ironman.
That’s an Ironman, too.
Last weekend, my friend Julie and I drove to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, to watch our friend Kara compete in Ironman CDA. It was the most amazing, humbling, exhausting, mind-blowing, utterly overwhelming event I’ve ever witnessed.
We made a few signs:
(In case it isn’t clear, Kara is a University of Oregon alum)
Then, we found a course map and made sure to be at all the right places in all the right times. This involved getting up at 4 AM to get to Coeur d’Alene Lake to watch the swim:
This is what 2400 swimmers starting at the exact same moment looks like.
She finished both 1.2-mile laps in about 1 hour and 30 minutes total:
Then it was onto the bike:
She’s on Mile 112 at this point. Looks pretty good, eh?
After 7 and a half hours on the bike and transitioning to the run, she still looked like she was just out for a Sunday afternoon jog:
It was incredible. She crossed the finish line at 10:35 PM, after 140.6 miles and 15 and a half hours:
Congratulations, Kara. I am so, so proud and happy for you.
Now, welcome back to the world of the socially-active and well-rested.
(Special thanks go to Kara’s boyfriend Todd – pictured above in orange – for taking the really great photos).