COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – Many Ironman competitors say the toughest hurtle in the competition is the swim.
On Sunday, only two people missed the cut off time to complete the swim and move on. Camille Slaughter was one of those people.
"I breathe on the right, and I pull to the right, and so I really add a lot of mileage, and I missed it by one minute. UGH, so frustrating! But so close though, I made it. That's great," Camille explained.
During the 2016 race, she was battling the clock on the Ironman swim, too. But that time, she did make it to the next leg of the race with two minutes to spare.
"I think I did go out just a little too far. And I was so nervous that I couldn't quite calm down and get into that good rhythm for the first half," said Camille.
The crowd still went crazy for Slaughter and rightfully so, seeing as a 2.4 mile swim is still quite the feat. In the crowd was her husband Danny was riding a rollercoaster of emotions.
"I got pretty excited that maybe she would make it, and then you know you get a lot of ups and downs watching her. I know how heartbreaking this is going to be for her," said Danny.
Slaughter said she wishes she had been able to make it in time this year, since it is the last full Ironman in Coeur d'Alene but she is holding out hope it will return someday.
"Oh I want another chance, so we'll see. I don't think the jury is out on that yet. Hopefully they'll get another year,” she said.
In the meantime, she has no regrets from her swim Sunday.
"It was an awesome swim! I had fun that was the thing, I had a lot of fun. So it was great. It was good. I made a few friends on the way in. We all went, 'Ok, here we go!’”
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