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(WO)MAN of peanut butter. It was worth it. “Ironman changes you; knowing you accomplished something so huge spills over into other parts of your life. If you can do that, you can do anything.” Sarah Simpson traveled to Wisconsin in 2012 to watch Michelle Andres compete in Ironman and wondered, “Could I ever do that?” immediately thinking, “No.” But when other people started signing up in 2014, she approached her family. She described the race to her son,

Competitors (L to R) Sarah Simpson, Sherry Wright, Jan Handlos and Stephanie Etterman.


high school. “I finally had the opportunity to train and I wanted to do it before I got too old.” Sherry’s favorite part of training was eating anything she wanted; she craved peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. “I ate all the time, maybe eight times a day. I had no nutrition plan.” Besides physical commitment, the Ironman experience requires financial resources as well. The registration fee is $700, along with other costs; upgrading her bicycle, training expenses, and copious amounts

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