63-year-old Spokane woman training for her first Ironman

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 24, 2011 at 1:07 PM

COEUR D'ALENE -- The clock is winding down to the 2011 Ironman competition in Coeur d'Alene.  Thousands of athletes will swim, bike, and run more than 140 miles across North Idaho on Sunday.

The excitement is growing for the race.  And that is especially true for Spokane woman Norma Myers who is proving age is only a number.  At the age of 63, the tri-athlete is training for her first Ironman competition.

"I thought triathlons were a good way to stay in shape.  The more I did it the more I thought I'd do more than stay in shape maybe I would do ok," said Myers.

Norma is making her final preparations.  She is swimming a few laps in Medical Lake and hitting the road.  She usually wakes up at 5 a.m. to get her workout in on weekdays with a tougher regiment on weekends.

The five-foot-one lawyer is a member of the Blaze Triathlon Club.  The 63-year-old is not a stranger to extreme sports.  She already has a Boston Marathon under her belt.  She ran that last year.
 
"You don't feel any different in their mind than they did when they were 20.  As long as you feel ok physically and not worry about the number, it doesn't matter," said Myers.

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