KABC LA recently interviewed Sarah about the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) and how it was instrumental in helping her and is today helping many people gain better health and reach their athletic dreams and goals.
“CAF is a nonprofit here in California that actually serves people with disabilities around the world. They pay for those running prosthetics, they pay for my cycling leg. Anywhere from $15,000 to $35,000 out of pocket,” said Reinertsen.KABC LA interview
Sarah wants everyone with disabilities to be aware of the mission of the Challenged Athletes Foundation so that they too can get in contact with them if they want help in living a healthier lifestyle.
The Challenged Athletes Foundation is in its 25 year history and has raised over 50 million dollars to aid athletes with disabilities.
Sarah was recently featured in Equinox Magazine Furthermore. She participated in a Q and A with Michelle Malia. She
In the swim, I can’t wear my prosthetic, so if I kick too hard it pulls my body to the left. I need to kick a little for propulsion, but not so much that I end up swimming extra.Equinox magazine Furthermore, January 8, 2019
The ride in Kona is hilly, with 5,800 feet of elevation gain. I can stand up on a stationary indoor bike because it’s grounded, but I can’t do that on a road bike because I would tip over. I just have to sit and patiently grind it out to get to the top. Ninety percent of my power in the Ironman comes out of my right leg.
As an amputee, I use 40 percent more oxygen and twice as much energy as two-legged people do, so I’m at a cardiovascular deficit right there. The marathon is hard, but I’m not as nervous about it because running was my first sport.