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67-year-old amputee completes Ironman competition

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Here, another reminder that you really have no excuse for not getting enough exercise.

In 2005, Karen Aydelott was struck by a car, seriously injuring one of her legs, ABC-15 reported. Three years later, despite undergoing several surgical procedures, Aydelott was told that the leg needed to be amputated.

Fast-forward to this past weekend. Aydelott, now 67 according to Ironman.com, finished another Ironman, this one in Arizona. Ironman triathlons include a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike race and a full marathon (26.2 miles of fun).

Aydelott had completed the epic endurance races before. In fact, this most recent race was her 29th, according to ABC-15.

However, this competition proved special because unlike last month's Ironman World Championship in Hawaii during which she suffered complications with her prosthetic, Aydelott was able to finish before the race's midnight cutoff. She finished in 16 hours, 11 minutes and 12 seconds, according to Ironman.com.

Before the race, Aydelott told ABC-15 that her thoughts on the competitions have changed since undergoing her surgery. "It is a tough race either way," she said. "You still have goals, but maybe instead of trying to win you focus on finishing. There is the same feeling of accomplishment."

In 2007, Scott Rigsby became the first double amputee to complete an Ironman competition with prosthethics, according to WALB. Rigsby, who lost one leg right after high school when he was dragged beneath a truck trailer and later had the other leg amputated because of complications from the accident, finished the race in 16 hours, 42 minutes and 46 seconds. He was 39 at the time.
 

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