SPOKANE, Wash. -- KREM 2’s Executive News Director has been training to compete in his very first Ironman competition and it is all for a good cause.
On June 29, 2014, Executive News Director, Noah Cooper, will take part in the Ironman competition in Coeur d’Alene.
“Three months of hard work to get in shape to finish that thing is starting to weigh heavily,” said Cooper.
Cooper is not competing for personal satisfaction. He is also raising money for former WSU and NFL star, Steve Gleason’s foundation Team Gleason.
“The alarm clock goes off in the middle of the night. It’s easy to get out of bed because Steve gets out of bed every day,” said cooper.
Gleason has ALS and Team Gleason helps raise money to improve the lives others battling the same disease. This is why Cooper created the, “Team Gleason Ironman Challenge.” For a $10 donation to Gleason’s foundation, you can guess Cooper’s Ironman finish time and have a chance at winning a picture signed by Gleason.
Cooper logs and average of 17 training hours a week. He even spends seven hours on Sundays working out.
“Most people are sleeping in on weekends but you get up at three or four o’clock in the morning and you hit it and do your best and try and get through it,” said Cooper.
His workouts will get even longer in March. He feels his running and biking are progressing nicely. Swimming still seems to be his challenge.
“I just do a lot of splashing around in the pool. It’s just a lot of nonsense in the pool trying to get faster,” said Cooper.
The money Cooper raises goes directly to ALS patients in Spokane and North Idaho.
When you are guessing his Ironman finish time, Cooper said he will not be the fastest but when it comes to the motivation fueling his finish, his is among the best.
To guess Noah's time and support the Gleason Initiative Foundation, click here