Episode from the podcastTriathlete Training Podcast: Triathlon, Ironman & Duathlon

TT024: First Time Ironman Experience

Released Saturday, 22nd February 2014
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Susan McNamee attempted her first triathlon at age 61 in 2013 and also attempted her first Ironman that same year. This is her story.

Within one year of signing up for Ironman Wisconsin Susan had to learn how to swim across the pool, and then she had to learn open water swimming. She panicked during the swim in her first couple triathlons, but finished both.  She completed a half Ironman in August in preparation for Wisconsin on September 8.

Knowing she was signed up for two Ironmans in 2014 she started the day being okay if she didn't finish by the midnight cutoff.   She finished the swim in 2:19:45, just 15 seconds before the 2:20 cutoff.  To be an official finisher she had to finish by midnight.  She takes us through her race day and her attempt to finish before midnight.

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