Steamboat Springs Joy Rasmussen said experience paid off earlier this month when she traveled to Las Vegas for the 70.3 Ironman World Championships.
She finished seventh place in her age group but was just 48 seconds off the podium, completing the triathlon in 6 hours, 4 minutes and 40 seconds.
“There were 38 women in my age group and to have a top 10 finish, I’m really happy about that,” she said.
She said the day’s scorching 98 degree heat took a toll and that the day’s bike race, near Lake Mead, “felt like it was in the middle of the Sahara desert, with the hot dry wing in my face.”
“At all the aide stations you couldn’t get enough water and ice to cool your body temp down,” she said.
Rasmussen finished the 1.2-mile swim in 37 minutes, the 56-mile ride in 3:08:30 and the 13.1-mile run in 2:12:30.
“The amazing thing is that the age-groupers, like myself, are continuing to get faster and faster with the overall finish times,” she said. “Where in the old days, once you hit 50 there was this thought that you might instead just take up golf and call it a day. Not with these athletes.”
Certainly not with Rasmussen, either.