Ironman athlete offers inspiration for all

TEMPE, AZ - Karen Aydelott will compete in her 29th Ironman competition on Sunday.
 
The fact that she is 68 years old might be impressive in itself, but Aydelott's story actually turns even more inspiring when you consider she is an amputee.
 
"It is a tough race either way," she said.  "You still have goals but maybe instead of trying to win you focus on finishing.  There is the same feeling of accomplishment."
 
Aydelott was hit by a car in 2005 and severely injured her leg. Despite multiple surgeries, in 2008 she had no choice but to have the leg amputated.
 
"It was the only way I could get back to my activities," she said. "I'm actually very lucky, the accident could have been much worse."
 
The Ironman on Sunday is a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike race, and a full marathon.
 
Aydeott is sponsored by "Refuel" and is raising money for the Challenged Athletes Foundation.
 
"The important thing to remember is to enjoy the journey," she said. "Even if I didn't meet my goals, at least I'm able to try."

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