It all started about two years ago when Cheryl Moors was having dinner with friends in Kelowna.
“There were eight of us and four of us were in our forties and one of them was doing the Ironman the next weekend. And someone said when we turn 45 we should think about doing the Ironman and it just snowballed from there. We weren’t even drinking because it was the day before the triathlon,” said Moors.
So that’s what Moors worked on. At the end of last year’s Ironman, Moors along with four friends, signed up for the 2005 Ironman held in Penticton last weekend.
Team Crest, sponsored by Crest Insulation, with Moors, Laura Brough, Charlene Teel, Karen McKay and Lisa Giesbrecht pooled their resources and decided to raise money for the community palliative care program. The group wanted to raise money for a special bed, which was $12,500 and prior to the event had raised over $14,000.
Moors finished the race in a time of 13 hours, nine minutes. She went in with a goal of 14:30.
“Everything went well from the first stroke in the water. I got the nutrition right, the food right. My bike worked really well. Someone sabotaged the bike course. They threw carpet tacks on the road by the time we went 20 kilometres I had counted 30 flat tires. A little bit of luck and good training and I was able to pay attention to myself,” said Moors.
The Ironman has a 3.86 kilometres swim, 180.2 km bike and 42.2 km run.
“I had a couple of crowded spots but I lucked out and found some clear water in the swim. I probably swam a little further than I had to. I was very excited to get out of the water,” said Moors.
Moors finished the race 16th out of 85 women in the 45 to 49 age category.
“I am happy I did this. I had such a good day, such a good race. I enjoyed every moment. I don’t need to do it again,” said Moors. Moors said she was feeling great after the race.
“I had a massage appointment for the next day and I only had one knot in my leg,” said Moors.