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An Ironman five years in the making

An Ironman five years in the making

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Ironman is coming to Coeur d'Alene this Sunday and for Spokane resident Mike Winnett, his preparation for the race started five years ago.

The Ironman consists of 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run. When he started preparing for the race, Winnett weighed in at 285 lbs. and was smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. He would lose his breath walking from one side of his house to the next.

Then he caught the itch to run / bike / swim in a triathlon, so he started making healthy lifestyle changes, dropping weight and five years ago he completed a sprint triathlon.

He began to see the possibilities and that he could become an Ironman.

I did my first sprint distance triathlon in Coeur d'Alene," he said. "I felt great, trained hard, got done, was exhausted, couldn't believe how far I'd gone in one day, I did three sports it was crazy," he said.

"I said after that point you know this is fun. It's addicting. I enjoy it. One day I want to do a full Ironman and five years ago I made myself a promise, that I would do a full Ironman. Here it is five years later and this Sunday I'm doing the Ironman Coeur d'Alene," he added.

Winnett has spent the last six months training morning and night for the Ironman and said he hopes his story shows people anything is possible, especially the two people that look up to him the most.

"Trying to create the drive for my kids, to show 'em make yourself a promise and stay with it. you can do anything if you just try," he said.