Few states offer landscapes comparable to the prodigious natural beauty found across America’s Grand Canyon State. With so much land to explore and such a warm climate to enjoy, Arizona residents are not exactly known for neglecting outdoor time.
Perhaps that may help explain how a sitting United States Congresswoman makes time to run, bike, and swim with such veracity—though it certainly does not diminish the impressiveness of the feat. Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema will compete in her third Ironman triathlon this weekend in New Zealand, according to a report from AZCentral.
Story author Jeff Metcalfe detailed her impressive race credentials ahead of the event, writing:
Sinema, 42, will compete Saturday at Ironman New Zealand in Taupo. She finished 2013 Ironman Arizona in 15 hours, 12 minutes, 33 seconds, and the 2015 Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, in 15:02.47.
Ironman races consist of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run.
The first-term Democratic senator from Arizona is departing Wednesday and returning March 6. She plans to place how she would have voted on any missed business into the Congressional Record so constituents know her policy positions.
Sinema is chair of the advisory council of Women For Tri, a program created by the Ironman Foundation to increase female participation at all levels of triathlon. She plans to meet with Women for Tri ambassador Sam Warriner and with two local New Zealand clubs who have applied for Women for Tri grants.
“I’m racing Ironman New Zealand to celebrate and highlight the increase in women’s Ironman participation in this part of the world,” Sinema said. “Women For Tri is working to increase women’s participation in Ironman competitions across the globe, and I’ll be meeting with local Women For Tri ambassadors to continue breaking down barriers and encouraging female athletes.”
In addition to making difficult, consequential decisions on behalf of the citizens in her state, Sinema has the opportunity to impact her community by modeling an upstanding lifestyle. Her choice to stay active and compete in some of the world’s most challenging races is one that should inspire many.
To read Metcalfe’s full writeup, click here.