Unstoppable duo completes improbable Ironman

Posted at 12:24 PM, Dec 28, 2015

Tim Bolen is on fire. You give this guy some sneakers and a sunny day around Tempe Town Lake and there he goes.

It's like that almost everyday of the week, except for today because he's got some precious cargo. 

He's been busy helping to make 2015 a life-changing one for one Valley man and his family who achieved something they never thought would be possible.

"Tim and Patrick, they have this friendship that is unbreakable," explains Sandra Canez. Sandra's son Patrick, 25, has cerebral palsy.

Patrick and Tim's bond is so strong, Sandra trusted Tim to take her son along for the physical and emotional rollercoaster that is an Ironman. 

The two took part in the competition that was held in Lake Havasu City in November. 

"Never in my wildest dreams did I think this would be possible," explains Sandra. And it almost wasn't.

Fierce winds during the bike ride almost derailed this duo. The trailer Patrick was riding in created too much resistance. 

"I just burst into tears. I absolutely lost it," explains Tim. "Patrick is yelling and screaming and hollering and the support started to come back again and that just encouraged me more to want to keep pushing harder." 

And that's just what they did. That unwavering drive, taking them straight to the end, creating the most magical photo finish. Patrick's mom even got to put the medal around her son's neck after he and Tim completed the half Ironman. 

"It was magical...absolutely!"

Patrick's family and friends are very innovative. From rigging a special for the swim to his trailer for the bike ride, they wanted to make sure he was as comfortable as possible, but still got the full experience.