Abingdon ironwoman training for world championships

Abingdon ironwoman training for world championships

ABINGDON, Va. - Abingdon's Jaime Simmons enjoys swimming a mile, biking 56 and running a half-marathon, all at once.

The mother of two is currently training for the half-Ironman World Championships which will be held next month in Canada.

A half-ironman competition consists of a 1.2 mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1 mile run.

Last month she finished third out of 137 women in her 35-39 age group in Raleigh, NC. The top three finishers qualified for the upcoming world championships.

"This is as far as I can go with the world championships," Simmons told News 5 WCYB.

"I'm competing with the best women in my age group from all over the world and it's exciting to think about."

But training for this triathlete is actually third on her priority list, behind being a wife and mom. She says she trains 10-12 hours per week.

"My 7-year old will bike with me. I'll push my 4-year old in the baby jogger. They love it and we play games. We have destinations we go to that makes it fun for them."

Simmons will continue to train in Abingdon ahead of the Sept. 7 world championships in Quebec.

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