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2006 Ironman Canada Report
Posted: Sep 08 2006
Every August for more than 20 years, a bigger number each year of determined (and slightly crazy), mostly amateur athletes from across the country and around the world descend on Pentiction BC to meet the IronMan challenge.
Swim 3.8km. Ride 180 km. Then run a marathon (42.2 km). Sounds fun, eh?
This year, one of the DB family was there to do it – business partner and controller Mo Handford was one of the over 2200 participants. Sponsored of course by Different Bikes, she was also competing as a part of Team Diabetes and as such raising money to support the research programs of the Canadian Diabetes Association.
Mild mannered accountant turns into IronWoman! – She spent several years of steady ramping to convert from a mountain bike rider and racer to be ready for the big event – with the support over the years of both the Pacific Spirit Triathlon Club and North Shore Tri Club. The last year included regular coaching and a focused training plan which built the final base for success.
The day dawned with great weather and the race came together for her and the rest of the competitors. Thanks in part to the support of thousands of volunteers and thousands more locals, friends and families, the athletes are treated to an epic experience that is more than just the challenge of the race.
How did it go? Mo beat her personal goal and ended up finishing in 11 hours and 44 minutes (it took a further 45 minutes before she felt recovered enough to enjoy what may have been the best beer of her life to date!)
And even better, her fundraising activities raised over $8500 for Canadian Diabetes. Congratulations to Mo from the rest of the gang here at DB!
Whatever your purpose or reasons – Ironman Canada is a great goal to set – go for it, embrace the preparation and then enjoy(!?)an impressive and epic event with an unmatched spirit!Read more Archived General DB Blogs »