An Iron­woman Story

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A few years ago, Agnes Prehn was over­weight, out of shape, and would never have imag­ined train­ing for an Iron­man triathlon—swim 2.4 miles, ride a bike for 112 miles, and run 26.2 miles. But now, at the age of 51, that’s ex­actly what she’s do­ing.

“I feel bet­ter than in my 20s, I have a ton more en­ergy, and I can think more clearly,” she says. “It’s a dif­fer­ent world once you get in shape.”

Prehn’s fit­ness quest be­gan on her 49th birth­day, when she de­cided to get fit by the time she hit the mid-cen­tury mark. “I wanted to see how far I could push my body to do things other peo­ple can’t do at 50.”

Turns out, her ini­tial goal was a breeze. Six months af­ter start­ing to work with a trainer, Prehn com­pleted a half-marathon—13 miles. By age 50, she was 55 pounds lighter and had com­pleted an Olympic triathlon—a 1.5K swim, 40K bike ride, and 10K run. In another six months, she fin­ished a half-Iron­man, and now can’t wait to take on the Iron­man.

By ex­am­ple, she’s in­spired oth­ers, in­clud­ing 20-some­thing life­guards at the pool where she trains. “That was amazing to me,” she says. “I didn’t think peo­ple would care, but they do.”

En­thu­si­as­tic as she is, Prehn is also re­al­is­tic. “Fit­ness isn’t easy and it doesn’t come fast,” she says. “But if you stick with it, it’ll im­prove your life tremen­dously.”

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