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Training and competing in an Ironman triathlon is not for the faint hearted. Completing an Ironman has been a dream of mine for many years and 2010 was going to be the year I attempted this grueling event. 2.4 miles of swimming followed by 112 miles of biking before finishing with a marathon - 26.2 miles. I signed up for Ironman Arizona in November of 2009, exactly a year in advance. Little did I know at the time that I had been born with multiple holes in my heart. For 41 years, I had been living, training and competing in triathlons with a dysfunctional heart that was slowly failing. This is my inspirational story about my journey from being diagnosed with a life threatening congenital heart defect requiring open heart surgery to my return to competition and racing in an Ironman triathlon, all within eight months.
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About the Author
Ellen Charnley is a business professional and avid fitness enthusiast. she was competed in many triathlons both locally and internationally. Born in England, she and her husband, Don, have lived in London, Bermuda, Hawaii, Chicago and San Francisco. They now reside in Las Vegas with their dog, D.J.