Tomorrow, my sister will compete in an Ironman. For those that don’t know, an Ironman consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run. Yes, I’m serious. I am so proud of her already. The commitment to even train and prepare for a race like this is intense and requires an insane amount of strength and dedication. I can’t say that I’m surprised though. My sister is one of the very strongest people that I know. She’s overcome injuries that have broken her and losses that have devastated her and she has accomplished so very much. Seeing her cross that finish line after 13.5hrs and hearing the announcers voice booming, “Christine Gerges, you ARE an Ironman” took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes. And tomorrow, she’ll cross that finish line again.
And since we can’t be there to cheer her on, I wanted to share some highlights from last year when she kicked the Ironman’s ass…
*The photos below are not strictly my photos… They are a compilation of my own photos, official race photos, and photos that were graciously provided by friends and family.