April 24, 2014
Hey! I’m not the craziest triathlete out there! (And for the record, I have a feeling that I’m not even close, hehe!) I received this article from Outside Magazine the other day and I thought I would share:
Woman Attempts Longest Triathlon
A 3,762-mile multisport epic
Norma Bastidas makes an Ironman sound easy.
The 47-year-old woman is currently trying to set the record for the world’s longest triathlon—3,762 miles from Cancun, Mexico, to Washington, DC. Compare that to an Ironman triathlon, which covers (only!) 140 miles.
Bastidas finished the 95-mile swim in the Caribbean on March 20. She crossed the U.S.-Mexico border about two weeks later, averaging 130 miles per day on her bike.
She’ll have ridden 2,932 miles before swapping wheels for running shoes and starting the final 735-mile leg of her journey. She aims to run through Washington, DC, by the end of April.
Australian David Holleran currently holds the longest triathlon record, which he set in 1998 when he completed a 26-mile swim, 1,242-mile bike ride, and a 310-mile run. If Bastidas reaches her goal, she’ll have more than doubled the record length.
She’s aiming for more than just pain and glory. Bastidas says she wants to raise awareness about human trafficking.
“Her triathlon route covers major human trafficking routes,” team member Alexis Rhyner told CNN. “It was also important to her that the route pass through both countries and both capitols to unify both nations to fight the issue together and take responsibility for what is happening in and between our two borders.”
The first is a 6.2-mile (10-km) ocean swim from Kailua Bay to Keauhou Bay, followed by a 90-mile (145-km) cross-country bike ride, with vertical climbs that total 6,000 feet. Stage two is a 171.4-mile (276-km) bike ride from Volcanoes National Park to Kohala Village Inn in Hawi, with total vertical climbs of 4,000 feet. Stage three is a 52.4-mile(84-km) double-marathon, which starts at Hawi and finishes on the beach at the Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area. Each stage must be completed within 12 hours or less. The swim portion of stage one must be completed in 5.5 hours or less.