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Ironman triathlete explains how she got there


MADISON (WKOW) --  Claire Geiger's first triathlon was just for fun.

Geiger said, "I borrowed a bike for the race, and I didn't know how to shift the gears, So I raced in one gear the entire time."

But she finished, and remembered the feeling.

Geiger added, "It was great, but I was like, I will never do an Olympic triathlon, running six miles would be impossible."

Funny she should say that. Claire went on after college to sign up for Ironman Wisconsin on a whim. That means a 2.4 mile win, 112 mile bike, and a marathon.

Claire said, "So I was committed. I'd paid the $500 dollars (entry fee), but then a couple weeks later, I broke my arm."

But she didn't let even that.. stop her. Geiger completed the Capital View Olympic Triathlon.. then later, set her goals.. high: a podium finish at the Ironman.

That, she did, taking first in her division in Ironman Wisconsin, and qualifying for the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii.

Geiger adds, "I think anyone can do the Ironman, it just takes commitment and dedication."

Claire will compete in the Capital View Triathlon in Madison in June.

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