COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho—One woman spent years training for the 2014 Coeur d'Alene Ironman as part of a mission to spread the word about breast cancer. She had beaten the disease herself and was looking to send a message to other women who were in the fight of their lives.
Laura Narolski was unable to finish the Coeur d’Alene Ironman in 2013. She was putting extra pressure on herself in 2014.
“I'm back for redemption,” said Narolski.
Narolski was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer in 2011. She beat the disease less than one year later.
"Basically my sign says ‘hey cancer, I won,’" said Narolski.
Narolski was ready to finish the 2014 Coeur d’Alene Ironman and was armed with her pink bike.
"Last year I had been through the worst. So I expect the best this year,” said Narolski.
The survivor said she was not only conquering the 140-mile race for herself, but for all other women who were looking breast cancer straight in the face.
"When you're faced with a life threatening disease, you have to pull from within and put your big girl panties on so to speak and face it. And you learn that you can do more things than you thought, and that's what ironman is for me,” said Narolski.
Narolski said she was going to sit at home on Saturday, the day before the race, and stay off her feet and loading up on carbohydrates.