A NEWCOMER to the challenging sport of triathlon is training up to 13 times a week to be ready for the May 7 SunSmart Ironman in Busselton to raise awareness and funds for muscular dystrophy.
Katie Adams (33), from Dawesville, is juggling two jobs, study, looking after two children and training for the half ironman event, comprising a 1.9km ocean swim, 90.1km bike ride and 21.1km run.
She has been supported by Team Tri coaching, working and getting up at 4.30am every day to get fit for the challenge.
“I’m trying to get the most out of every minute of every day and I’m hoping to do it in under five hours,” she said.
Adams said it would be the longest event she competed in “by a country mile”.
“It’s double anything else that I have done,” she said.
Adams only started taking part in triathlons at the start of this year and has already competed in four events.
“I had been running for a long time and was looking for something that was going to be a lot more challenging for me,” she said.
She decided to support Muscular Dystrophy WA because a work colleague’s rare neuromuscular disease.
“It falls under the umbrella of muscular dystrophy, which is why I wanted to support this cause,” Adams said.
“People living with muscular dystrophy have medical needs, but that’s only half the story.
“No matter a person’s abilities, their right to live a full, rich live they love should always be championed.”
Adams has her sights on taking part in full ironman events in December.
To support her fundraising campaign, visit https://triumphovermusculardystrophy.everydayhero.com/au/Katie.