Gini Fellows, a registered nurse, taught health and wellness at the Biloxi, Mississippi, campus of Tulane University. She turned 70 in August 2016 and finished her first full Ironman in Panama City Beach, Florida, on November 5, 2016. Her coach is her son, Patrick, who’s a huge inspiration to Gini as he schedules her workouts and helps her sort through her doubts and fears. Patrick was also a finisher on November 5!
Now Gini will be competing in the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i, on October 14, 2017.
Gini’s always been active but only began competing in triathlons in 2007, after knee surgery. In 2013 she competed in her first Ironman 70.3 race and came in 3rd in her age group, qualifying for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship. In preparation for that distance Gini competed in Ironman Texas 70.3 and came in 1st in her age group.
Gini says she began her journey to Ironman Florida by building a base and then she added harder and more specific workouts.
Gini’s excited to be blogging about her training – in her words, “the good, the bad, the ugly!!”
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A note about Ironman triathlons.
The Ironman 70.3 refers to the total distance in miles covered in the event, which comprises a 1.2-mile swim, a 57-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run.
A full Ironman triathlon event comprises a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run.
Ironman also has other events, including events for children and for women only. For additional information, see Ironman.
Read a conversation with Gini just days before Ironman Florida.
Watch Gini's story on Brawny's Facebook page!