beat the heat: kona ironman

sarah - ironman- konaSarah crossing over the finish line at the Ironman World Championship 2011

A 3.8km swim, a 180km bike ride followed by a full marathon. Completing an Ironman has got to be one of the greatest feelings of accomplishment for any brave participant. For Sarah Brown, crossing the finish line at Ironman Canada was awesome, placing third in her age group was a wonderful surprise and finding out she had to do it all over again in six weeks was pretty intimidating.

qualifying for kona

Sarah’s podium-worthy finish meant qualifying for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii with only six short weeks in between. Already nervous about taking on the challenge of training for another Ironman in such a short time frame, Sarah had to brace herself for the legendary heat and humidity that classify Kona as the world’s hardest Ironman.

beat the heat

Sarah knew training during the chilly fall season in Canada wouldn’t serve her well in the blistering Kona heat. The remedy? Hot yoga, of course! With a busy teaching and tutoring schedule, Sarah’s coach prioritized two hot yoga classes a week as part of her training and preparation. Attending Moksha classes helped her prepare for the hard physical work in the heat, focus on hydration and acclimatize her body to what waited for her in Kona.

ironman round two

Sarah says that the Ironman World Championship in Kona was by far one of the hardest but best days of her life, crossing the finish line with a time of 11:28:09. The race was intense: a swim in the Pacific, a bike ride over the lava fields with treacherous winds that are known to throw athletes over their aero bars and running a marathon in what feels like a sauna that "sucks the marrow from your soul." It was the rejuvenation and strength gained from her hot yoga practice that Sarah swears made a huge contribution to her success in this race, both physically and mentally.

For Sarah, the experience of racing and competing in such a fantastic world championship event was beyond her wildest dreams and goes to show that "anything is possible." It’s all too easy to say, ‘not possible’ when life hands us a challenge however we often find that it’s those times when we say, ‘yes’ that create those moments that define us. So, what are you saying ‘yes’ to?

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Hot yoga helped me with my hot Ironman too! I did IM Louisville in August of 2010 and it was about 90 degrees that day. Being a regular hot yoga student prepared me to control my body while it was under a great deal of stress.

Congrats Sarah!

Comment by Michelle — November 17, 2011 @ 11:19 am

Amazing!!! Way to go, you are a rockstar! I can’t imagine doing a marathon.. let alone an Ironman.. Or two in 6 weeks!! Very inspiring :)

Comment by Jenn — November 17, 2011 @ 11:26 am

Good for Sarah!! Kona is the world championship, but although hot, it is hardly the hardest, rather the first and legendary, but not the hardest.

Comment by Leah — November 19, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

heeyyyyyy, there’s a picture of Sarah from Cervelo cranking away on the bike. I think it’s in Lava magazine.

p.s. I want that tri suit!

Comment by Liz — December 13, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

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