On October 12th, local triathletes Eric Hinman and Kristin White will be competing in the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The triathalon consists of 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run.
Hinman, who lives in Syracuse, has been training for triathalons for three years, and is ranked in the top 50 in the world for the 30-34 male age group.
To train, Hinman runs for 45 minutes each morning, and swims for one hour every afternoon.
"I rarely miss any of the workouts in my plan," said Hinman. "I'm kind of fanatical about it. I feel like if I'm putting in the work, then I'll do well. And if I don't put in the work, then I'm sacrificing my results."
Hinman said competing in the Ironman World Championship was a "far-fetched dream" when he first began training. "I certainly didn't think it was going to happen," said Hinman. "But it was a goal...It was certainly a dream come true when I qualified this year."
Manlius mom and full-time pharmacist Kristin White is also training for the competition. She previously competed in the Ironman World Championship three years ago, and juggles training with raising her two girls.
"If I have time to get a run in in the morning before the girls go to school, then I'll get a run in," White explained. "If I have a day off and they're in school, I can get my long bike in. So I have to be very flexible."
White maintains a strict meal plan during the competition, carrying various energy bars on her bike. During training, however, her diet remains flexible.
"I have an 8 and 11-year-old, and we go out for ice cream," said White. "We have dessert every night. We get pizza. I'm not that strict with my diet. I figure I'm out on a bike for six hours, I can eat what I want."
White also maintains it's possible to compete while juggling a family and job. "Kids and jobs are things you have to do, but there's time in between," said White. "Make it a priority. Don't feel guilty for leaving your kids with somebody for half an hour so you can work out because it's going to make you a better mother."
White said she is hoping to place in the top five of her age division when she competes next Saturday.