Neighbors are a source of strength for iron mom
Vacquero resident Jessie Kenny had a slew of supporters from the neighborhood at the Ironman Boulder finish line.
Participating in her first Iron Man Triathlon ever, Kenny finished in just over 12 ½ hours last month in Boulder.
By Kathy Fallert; photos courtesy of Jessie Kenny
Jessie Kenny, resident of Vacquero, moved to Colorado two years ago from Canada. Relatively new to the state and to Castle Pines and unable to be employed in the United States yet, Kenny decided to try a new challenge; Ironman Boulder on August 2.
Motivated by a love for the outdoors, Kenny joined the Rock Tri Club in Castle Rock to prepare for the race. Kenny found time to train six days a week for six months leading up to the race in spite of being a mom with two young boys. Kenny commented, “You have to have a good infrastructure in place because training for something this big does impact family time, especially on the weekends.”
Kenny’s day in Boulder started off at 6 a.m. with a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike ride and wrapped up with a 26.2 mile marathon run. They call the race after 17 hours. Kenny impressively finished in just more than 12 ½ hours and was greeted at the finish line by neighbors, friends from her Tri Club, as well as her mom, sister, and aunt who flew in for the occasion from Canada.
Said Kenny of the experience, “It’s one of those life events that you are so afraid of, but once you get there it’s one of the best moments of your life! Training is the hard part. The race itself and the atmosphere on race day were just amazing!”
To find out more about Ironman triathlons, visit their website at www.ironman.com.