Made of iron 

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"The course is great and the climbs up the two passes are for me, and the long downhill into Penticton is a highlight, and an indicator that the end of the ride is near. It’s a tough transition from ride to run as by that time I’m not looking forward to the run," said John.

John uses flat Pepsi for an energy boost, and does his best on the run – by the midway point, only his neck and head are feeling good, he says. The spectators are great, and help him along to the finish line.

"The last 10 kilometres are really tough, and the last two are almost impossible," he said.

Blok had a knee injury earlier this year that held up his running, and he says he’s still behind where he should be from a fitness perspective, but feels ready.

"All in all, the experience has been great, and even an hour after the race I’m ready to enter again," he said. "I’m not sure why I do it, except it’s great being in great shape and having your family wonder about your mental state. Everybody can do it."

Grace made the decision to sign up for the Ironman last summer after going to the event to cheer on the competitors.

"I’m doing it partly because I didn’t think I ever would be able to do something like this, I saw it as something that was beyond me," she said.

"I did a My First Triathlon last year, and met some athletes that were registered for Ironman, and they just seemed so ordinary, just ordinary people, so I decided I had to give it a try."

Grace hopes to finish the race, and doesn’t have any expectations. She has trained hard for the past year, although not as hard as she would have liked.

"I knew it would take a lot, and I know how much time John spent, but I haven’t spent as much time as I feel I should have. Too many things going on with work and family, and I had a hard time finding time," she said.

Grace said the hardest part is the time commitment.

"You can’t sit and relax, because it’s always on your mind," she said.

She is most worried about the swimming leg, where she says she started with zero experience.

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