COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho -- A family from Mexico traveled to Coeur d’Alene to support their father competing in IRONMAN on Sunday. The man’s wife and three kids all made the trip.
Gabriela Pacheco and her three children were at Independence Point on Friday helping with preparations for Santiago Pacheco’s big day.
"We planned the IRONMAN for, like, nine-months or maybe a year. And we see where he wants to go and do the competition and then we just plan the vacations as a family to go there with him and be there with him,” said Gabriela Pacheco.
Santiago Pacheco said that having his wife and three kids with him was half the battle that is IRONMAN.
"The Ironman is a very exhausting challenge. And you need someone to cheer you up while you're competing because it's very hard to do it,” said Santiago Pacheco.
Gabriela Pacheco and the children were there for support during all of the training months.
"Because a lot of things occur during the preparation for the competition. There's where you have a really worried husband in the house. And you need to be calm and understand what he's going through,” said Gabriela Pacheco.
"That's very important. It's part of the race. The preparing for the race, your family is so important. If they're not with you, you cannot do it,” said Santiago Pacheco.
The family said they were also making the IRONMAN trip into a vacation.