For many of us, running a half marathon would be a lofty goal. For Heather Lee, it’s merely a third of the triathlon she’s currently training for. A competitive triathlete, Heather—a 33-year-old living in Brooklyn— is training to go to Campeche, Mexico, in March 2018 for the half Ironman. That’s a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1 mile run, in that order.
To date, Heather has competed in 12 triathlons, including one full Ironman in 2017. Her goal is to finish this year’s half Ironman in less than five and a half hours, which would qualify her for nationals.
"Triathlons are something people either love or hate and there’s no in-between," Heather explains. “If you love them, they’re very addictive, and training is almost like having a full-time job. It takes a lot of time, commitment and work.” In fact, Heather plans to make this her actual full-time job—her goal is to eventually become a sponsored athlete for a major brand.
Here’s a look at a typical Saturday in Heather’s world. She’s not kidding about the hard work.