Ironman Arizona

November, 30, 2012

Crossing an Ironman finish line is a magical feeling.  I suppose it just feels good to stop moving after 140-miles of racing, but crossing an Ironman finish line is one of the greatest in sport.  I finished my first Ironman triathlon several years ago in Hawaii, and I was honored to make history as the first woman on a prosthetic to finish the Ironman World Championships.  Since then, people have always asked me, “Have you done another Ironman?”  And I used to say, “No, not yet.”  I had always planned  to race in another 140.6-mile triathlon, but the truth is I was busy doing other races and life events.  Finally, in the fall of 2012, I made my return to the Ironman start line.  I signed up for the Ironman Arizona, and vowed to hear those words from Mike Reilly again, “Sarah Reinertsen, you are an Ironman!”   I finished my 2nd Ironman on a cool November night in Tempe, Arizona and I’m very grateful to my entire team for their help and support along the way.  A big, heartfelt thanks to  my coach, Muddy Waters, and all my family and friends who came to AZ to watch me race (for hours!).  A JOURNEY OF 140.6-MILES BEGINS WITH A SINGLE HOP!

Sarah Reinertsen biking at Ironman Arizona 2012

Sarah Ironman Arizona finish line 2012

Sarah post Ironman Arizona 2012

Sarah Reinertsen biking at Ironman Arizona

One Response to Ironman Arizona

  • Fletcher C. Bauman

    Just revisiting after 5 years, I was the guy who traded places with you on the run about dozen times… , you finished 3 mins ahead of me. I tell my kids of that long quiet night on the run, we didn’t say a word to each other the whole time, just back and forth, you lead, I lead, Surreal, Hope all is well. I will never forget that race. You are a trooper.

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