After successfully competing in Ironman 70.3 in Kohala Coast of Hawaii, to meet her fundraising goal of $10,000, Katya is going to participate in Ironman Lake Placid, NY on July 22nd.
"Growing up in Siberia, I used to train for and do sprints and Olympic distance triathlons, but participating in Ironman has been my dream since I was 11 y o.
Three years ago I ran my first marathon in NYC and started to dream about taking this challenge to the next level, that’s when my childhood dream resurfaced. After a few more marathons and half-marathons I signed up for Ironman 70.3 in Kohala Coast of Hawaii last July and have been preparing mentally and physically for this race since then.
Why I’m doing it? I’m curious to see and feel reaction of my body and brain to all pain and physical challenges during the race. Also, I feel that if anyone who can swim 1.2 miles in the ocean, bike 56 miles in heat, and then finish with a 13.1 miles run without any breaks, could do pretty much anything else if she/he put their mind to it and believe in themselves. Overall the idea of doing an Ironman race is very empowering.
With my example I would like to show other people that anyone is capable of becoming better in anything if they believe in themselves. That having been said, I’d love to help Russian children in need so they could start believing in themselves, dream bigger and accomplish higher goals."