IRONMAN 2014 IS THIS SUNDAY.
AND EVERY IRONMAN HAS A UNIQUE STORY.
IT TAKES A SPECIAL KIND OF PERSON TO DEDICATE THE
TIME IT TAKES TO TRAIN...
KXLY 4'S CAITI CURREY HAS THE STORY OF ONE SPOKANE
WOMAN WHO HAS TRAINED FOR TWO IRONMANS.
NEVER TO ACTUALLY STEP FOOT ON THE COURSE.
Mary Ford had put in a combined total of 38 weeks
As she was approaching her second ironman attempt.
Her first attempt in 2009 was cut short during training
because of a foot injury.
With just three weeks to go until the coeur d'alene
She was feeling confident this would be her race.
Marry Ford, Ironman:03W11 26
THINKING IT WAS JUST SYMPATHY PAINS FOR HER DAUGHTER.
FORD DISSMISSED THE THOUGHT SOMETHING SERIOUS COULD
BEFORE SHE KNEW IT SHE WAS IN THE HOSPITAL...
BUT NOT BY HER DAUGHTERS SIDE AS SHE GAVE BIRTH.
they ended up having to take out my ascending colon
and part of my small bowel
FORD SPENT NINE DAYS IN THE HOSPITAL.
HER CHANCE AT BEING AN IRONMAN.
MARY FORD:41W13 25
I was devistated and I just couldn't believe it was
happening because I was in the best shape of my life,
I felt great.
TWO ATTEMPTS IN THE BOOKS.
HOURS UPON HOURS OF HARD WORK AND SACRIFICE.
Year after year I missed BBQ's.
:40 I was like no I gotta go on a six hour bike ride.
I can't go camping I gotta go on a three hour run.
BUT WITH THE SUPPORT FROM HER KIDS AND HUSBAND.
SHE KNEW SHE HAD TO TRY.
ONE MORE TIME.
I just figured, third times a charm and that's going
to be it!
THIS YEAR FORD FEELS EVEN MORE CONDIFENT THAN LAST
NOT ONLY DOES SHE THINKS SHE'S TRAINED BETTER.
My bib number my husband told me is 1019.
I was just feeling really blessed with that.
My mom passed away on 1019 and she was probably my
biggest fan so I'm just dedicating this race to her
IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS SUNDAY.
Mary Ford, you are an Ironman!
Mary and her husband won't have too much downtime
after the race.
they will be participating in another ironman this
fall in Brasil! Reporting in Coeur d'alene.
Caiti Currey KXLY 4 News.