Second Chance At Hawaii Ironman For Waikato Nurse Educator
In 1988, nineteen year old, Sarah Walker was not only the youngest competitor but was the fourth female to cross the finish line at the Cape Cod Ironman in USA - a result that earned her an automatic qualification for the famous Kona World Ironman Championship held in Hawaii each year. But for one reason or another, she decided not to go.
Fast forward 20 years to January 2008. Sarah was turning 40 and asked herself: why not do it again? She decided to enter the Taupo Ironman in the women's 40-44 years age group, and finished as the second woman home (out of 47) in her age group. That earned her an entry to the Kona World Ironman Championships in Hawaii on 11 October.
Sarah is a nurse educator in Intensive Care Unit at Waikato Hospital.
In the 10 or so weeks leading up to the classic Ironman event her blog gives readers an insight into training for such an extreme event, but also helps advice anyone who wants to get a little bit fitter and healthier - such as how to keep motivated when it's cold and wet, good food options, negotiating schedules with your family, setting realistic goals.
Sarah Walker is proudly supported by the Waikato District Health Board and the HEHA (Healthy Eating, Healthy Action) programme.
Follow her blog on http://www.waikatodhb.govt.nz/events/pageid/2145840614/Sarah_Walker's_Iron man_Blog
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