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TLH Residents Show How Solid They Are In Ironman Competition

By: Trent Davis Email
By: Trent Davis Email

It's called the Ironman Competition. A triathlon of swimming, biking and running. But For Stephanie Liles, mother of three, it was an iron women regiment that prepared her for the race.

"I get up at four in the morning and get on a bike trainer or treadmill. Usually I don't have much energy after work to train but it's mostly early in the morning and on the weekends," said Liles.

Liles and her boyfriend Michael Weyant competed in a triathlon in Cancun. Their times qualified them for the World Championships.

"I had to really bump up my training, especially on the run. And we did that race, but I didn't expect to qualify for the World Championships, but I ended up qualifying," said Weyant.

Weyant had competed in triathlons for more than 20 years. Together both challenged the best tri-athletes in their age groups.

"We're all very competitive and these are the best of the best. So it should be a really, really competitive race," added Liles.

I'm not delusional. I know I'm not going to win my age group or anything in this race cause these guys are to fast. But I want to be able to place respectable," said Weyant.

Liles placed 18th overall and finished the more than 70 mile course in 4 hours and 48 minutes. Two flat tires slowed Weyant down and delayed him for nearly 45 minutes. He crossed the line in 5 hours and 15 minutes. Despite adversity, Weyant said he was determined to complete the race.


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