60-year-old grandma ready to be an 'Ironwoman'

One 60-year-old Buckeye resident is training to complete to ironman competition.

BUCKEYE, Ariz. - Anne Parkhurst is training for one of the biggest feats of her life.

"I’m 60 years old," she said. "I’m a grandma. I still work full time. And want to be an Ironman."

Every day Parkhurst is training for the November event where she will swim, bike and run more than 140 miles without a break.

"The easiest workout for me is the swimming or just going for a hike," she said. "The hardest are the three to four hour bike rides."

Parkhurst has already completed the half-Ironman triathlon. With the help of Ironman certified coach Jason Lentzke, she is training daily for her end goal.

"I was inspired just because of her story," said Lentzkek, "who she is and what she does. She works just as hard as any athlete I’ve ever worked with.

But why did she decide to compete?

Anne recently applied to a Beach Body competition and was hand selected as one of six chosen out of 2000 applicants.

"I’m in the best shape of my life even more than my 20s," she said.

It’s tradition for an Ironman to get a tattoo when they complete the race, but will Parkhurst?

"Absolutely," she said, "I have no tattoos right now but if I cross that finish line I would get a tattoo."

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