Iron Woman Lucy Charles: ‘I Kept Willing My Body To Fight That Little Bit Longer’

The Guardian - Triathlon
The 24-year-old from Essex talks about coming second at the Ironman World Championship, London 2012 frustrations and running with a stress fracture

“In the last five miles my legs were screaming at me to stop, and I was praying I wouldn’t cramp up,” admits Lucy Charles, Britain’s new iron lady, as she reflects on her shock podium finish in her first Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, last week. “I kept willing my body to keep fighting that little bit longer, kept telling it ‘you can do this, just think about getting to the next aid station, then the next’ until the finish line finally arrived.”

At that moment Charles, a 24-year-old from Essex, lifted her arms to the sky and roared in delight – the pain and strain of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run in 30C heat giving way to dizzying exhilaration. Few had expected her to be a contender. Instead she led for much of the race, and shattered her personal best to finish in 8hr 59min 48sec. Charles eventually came second to Switzerland’s Daniella Ryf, who retained the title she won in 2015 and 2016 ...

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