WHILE SPOKANE PREPARES FOR HOOPFEST.
COEUR D'ALENE IS ALL ABOUT IRONMAN THIS WEEKEND.
THE GRUELING RACE IS SUNDAY.
A 2.4 MILE SWIM.
112 MILE BIKE RIDE.
AND THEN A MARATHON.
COMPETITORS WILL PUSH THEMSELVES TO THE LIMIT TO FINISH
BEFORE THE COURSE CLOSES AT MIDNIGHT.
AND FOR MANY.
IRONMAN IS A CHANCE TO PROVE THEY CAN OVERCOME ALMOST
KXLY 4'S CAITI CURREY.
WORKING FOR YOU WITH THE STORY OF A NAVY DOCTOR WHOSE
FACE YOU JUST MIGHT RECOGNIZE!
AFTER SPENDNING THREE MONTHS ON A NAVY SHIP.
COMMANDER DOCTOR ANDY BALDWIN WILL BE COMPETEING IN
THIS WEEKENDS IRONMAN.
Someone said to me, you can't do Ironman, you're on
a ship, You can't train! That just made me want to
do it even more.
WITH THE AMOUNT OF TIME AND TRAINING THAT GOES INTO
BALDWIN HAD TO DO IT ALL ON THE SHIP.
The most challenging thing was training for the swim,
ironic right? I wanted to ask my captain, hey can
I go out for a swim here and try to keep up with the
HE RAN MILES AT A TIME ON A TREADMILL AND ROAD HIS
TRAINER IN TIGHT CORRIDORS.
THIS SUNDAY WILL MARK THE SENIOR MEDICAL OFFICER FOR
THE USS MAKIN ISLAND'S.
BUT IT HAS MORE MEANING THAN JUST ANOTHER RACE.
I'm getting ready to go on deployment to the Aarabian
golf so this is kind of the last hoorah to do Ironman
BALDWIN IS WELL KNOWN AS AN ATHLETE.
AND EVEN STARRED IN THE 2007 SEASON OF THE BACHELOR.
One of the guys on my ship the other day, I just selected
for a promotion for commander and he was like wow
you have come a long way since the Lt.
You're a real doctor!
BUT WHAT HE IS MOST PROUD OF IS SERVING HIS COUNTRY.
WETHER THAT BE PROVIDING HUMANITARY ASSISTANTS AND
DISASTER RESPONSE IN AFRICA OR DEPLOYING FOR THE BETTER
PART OF A YEAR.
I lead a team of about 100 doctors and 100 coreman
and preparing to receive any casualties we might get,
and if we have to go into the fight
FOR NOW DOCTOR BALDWIN IS TRYING TO ENJOY HIS TIME
AND PUT THAT SHIP TRAINING TO THE TEST.
This time around it's been nice to really just relish
what is most important and
that's the people the friendships,
the experience, the travel.