This week on That Girl we are celebrating Tifini McGill, who just completed her first Ironman last weekend in Lake Placid, NY. What inspires us about Tifini is the fact that up until she signed up for this grueling–and hilly–race comprised of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run, she had only completed a sprint triathlon five years earlier. As she puts it, “People thought I was nuts.” But over the course of a year, Tifini stayed committed and proved to herself–and her doubters–that she was indeed worthy of calling herself an Ironman. Read on for her story and be inspired to do something big, even if people think you’re nuts! More
This week on That Girl, we are celebrating Susan Lacke, a triathlete who has accomplished one of the most grueling events out there–an Ironman. While thousands of women complete this 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run event every year, what inspires us about Susan is the fact that she did so a mere year and a half after losing 70 pounds and running her first 5K race. That’s a remarkable accomplishment in such a short time. Oh, and we also love the fact that she says anyone can do an Ironman. Take a look at why she believes this. More
Doing an Ironman is one thing, but doing 48 of them is impressive beyond words. The grueling 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run is anything but easy. But if you ask Susan Haag, who just crossed the finish line of her 48th ironman distance race, it’s pure joy. In fact, the accomplished triathlete says she likes the way all of this makes her feel–especially afterwards. “I like knowing that God gifted me with my body and my mind. I feel free while I swim, bike and run all around this beautiful outdoor world, knowing that I CAN DO IT.” Read on for more amazing inspiration from Susan: More
Continuing with our weekly column, “That Girl”, we are celebrating the accomplishments of real women who make health and fitness a priority because we know that true athletes come in all shapes, sizes, ages and athletic abilities from around the world. So this week we’re celebrating Susan Wallis, an amazing triathlete who has completed an impressive 36 Ironman races (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run), including competing six times at the World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. And at age 59, she’s not stopping! Read on to hear what she has to say is the biggest lesson she’s learned through it all… More
Continuing with our weekly column, “That Girl”, we are celebrating the accomplishments of real women who make health and fitness a priority because we know that true athletes come in all shapes, sizes, ages and athletic abilities from around the world. So this week we’re celebrating Angie Crawford, a Florida triathlete who just completed Ironman Florida–a grueling 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run–and set a personal record while doing so. Sports, she says, have taught her the true meaning of balance, gratitude, health and happiness. More
If you’ve ever stood at the end of a long endurance race, you can’t help but be inspired by the athletes crossing the finish line. Despite sheer exhaustion, their looks of will and determination are enough to bring tears to my eyes every time. I get choked up watching these people accomplish their goal and feel awesome about what they just did. Then when they are greeted by hugging family members, I always lose it. Yes, I’m a sap. And if I were in Idaho this past weekend, I think I would have been the sappiest ever.
Thirty-year-old John Carson completed the Ironman Coeur d’Alene on Sunday. The 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike and 26.2 mile run is an amazing accomplishment for anyone. More