PHOENIX – Anne Parkhurst, 61, set a goal last January: to train and become an Ironman.

She trained seven days a week, starting around 12 hours of training every week and moving up to 20-plus hours.

When it came time for the big race, she was ready to complete the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and a full blown marathon.

“The swim was rough,” she said. “I had some cramping and got beat up a little bit and hit in the head because people can’t see very well. The water is murky. I actually thoroughly enjoyed the bike ride even though we had head winds going towards Fountain Hills, but coming back we had tail winds and downhill.”

With only about a half hour left to qualify her as an Ironman, she crossed the finish line.

Her message: “You’re not too old or too out of shape. Age is just a number and really you can achieve your dreams if you just don’t quit.”