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In her mid-forties, Ruth Heidrich was once clinically determined with breast melanoma. After present process therapy, she learned she needed to problem herself to maintain good. She deicded to run the punishing Ironman Triathlon a try out of persistence regarding a 2.4 mile swin, 112 mile motorbike experience, and a 26.2 mile marathon run. to do that and reamin cancer-free, she stopped consuming animal items, adopting a plant-based vitamin and a life-affirming perspective that was resolute - in additional methods than one- to be in it for the long term. 20 years later, Heidrich continues to be working, nonetheless cancer-free, and nonetheless confident approximately lifestyles. this can be her tale. She describes her struggle with melanoma, her therapeutic nutrition, and the rewards of competing within the hardest races on the earth. She indicates you the way to turn into fitter, extra optimistic, and problem your self to alter.

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Assume it was twenty-four ounces. What would have happened if they had drunk only ten ounces, or fifty-two ounces? Now you see that we’d have to run another experiment, holding all other variables the same again, and have one control group and three experimental groups. And, are fluid levels of ten, twenty-four, and fifty-two enough levels to give us the optimum level of fluids? What if twenty-four ounces is too little and fifty-two too much? What if performance level increases up to forty-four ounces and starts to decrease with greater input?

For about fifteen years I was a solitary runner. I ran the same course, the same distance, used the same running style, and did not improve much. Once I joined a formal group of runners headed by the legendary New Zealand ultra-marathoner, Max Telford, my progress was exciting. I was increasing my distance easily because of the fast friendships that enabled me to run miles painlessly while talking and having lots of fun. We tackled steep hills, bounding and striding up them, laughing all the way.

Who’d have dreamed that anyone could go from that devastating cancer diagnosis to world champion triathlete and one of the fittest women in the world? But what is the Ironman? And how did I get involved in it? 10 CHAPTER TWO THE IRONMAN ITSELF O n October 11, 1986 I was sitting in the Honolulu International Airport, awaiting a flight to take me to Kona for my fifth Ironman Triathlon. I marveled that I was even there. Only seven months before I had been on my way to do an Ironman in New Zealand.

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