COEUR D’ALENE – While Coeur d’Alene triathlete Brian Harder prepares for his third Ironman competition, he’s also juggling a full-time job and, since this spring, he is a new father.
Since December, Harder estimates he’s put in nearly 100,000 yards in the pool, 400 miles running and close to 2,000 miles on his bike. He does most of his training in the morning to maximize time with his family at night. But he said he’s only sleeping between four and five hours each night.
Only a fraction of Ironman Coeur d’Alene’s competitors are local like Harder. More than 2,000 are registered from all over the world. The bulk of competitors are between 30-45 years old. More than half are male, but an estimated 40 percent are women this year.
Harder hopes to keep competing in Ironman competitions until he gets a time that qualifies him for Ironman’s world championship in Kona.
You can track Harder live on race day Sunday right here.