Ironman 70.3: Kylie takes up the challenge

Ready: Kylie Slade is facing many challenges to compete in the Ballarat Ironman 70.3 event. PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCECHRONIC fatigue and a badly broken finger – nothing will stop Kylie Slade from competing in the Ironman 70.3 Ballarat on Sunday.

Despite admitting she is far from the strongest swimmer, not made any easier with a protective finger cast attached, the 41-year-old will put her body to the ultimate test.

However, she is the first to admit her preparation has been far from ideal.

Slade, a karate black belt, fell victim to chronic fatigue about two years ago after contracting a rare virus while working as an electrician on a farm in Meredith.

Since then, she has been unable to shake the debilitating condition, but still manages to run her own electrician business and fit in hours of training each week.

But a 1.9km swim is far beyond anything she has done before.

The mother-of-one has completed triathlons in the past, but has never swum more than 300 metres.

“My first goal is just to get out of the water, the other two legs will happen pretty easily after that,” she said.

“I’m not a very good swimmer so I’m actually really scared about that.”

Swimming three mornings a week, running twice a week and squeezing in a three-hour ride on a weekend, Slade admits it can be trying to continue training while facing constant muscle soreness and constant fatigue.

“Once I got signed up by my husband (Brad, who is also competing), I knew I had to do it,” she said.

“Every day is a battle, I just work on how I feel and see how I go day by day.”

Having grown up in Ballarat, Slade said it would be an amazing experience to compete in her home town.

And to add a bit of spice, there is quite the rivalry between her and Brad.

“When we competed in Yarrawonga a few weeks ago I had a shocking leg but after that he just beat me on the bike and we were pretty similar on the run,” she said.

“To have an event like this in your own town will be great.

“It doesn’t happen very often so I have to make the most of it.”

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