KAILUA KONA, HAWAII – OCTOBER 12: Beth James and daughter Liza James of Group Liza compete in the Ironman Globe Championships on October 12, 2019 in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Photos for IRONMAN)
1st mother-daughter group competes in Ironman Globe Championships
Beth James, 54, is a single heck of an “Ironmom.” The triathlete and her daughter, Liza James, not too long ago became the very first mother-daughter unique group duo to compete in the Ironman Globe Championships. Liza James, 23, is nonverbal and unable to stroll right after suffering a devastating brain injury through a auto accident at age six. But that didn’t quit Liza and her mother from competing in what is arguably the most intense endurance occasion on the planet.
When Beth James and Liza James compete, Beth pulls Liza, who weighs about 100 pounds, in a float that is strapped to her as she swims the race distance of two.four miles. Through the 112-mile bike ride, Beth pulls Liza behind her in a 21-pound racing chair. When it is time to full the marathon-length run, Beth pushes her daughter in the racing chair.
The mother-daughter duo completed each the swim and bike portion of the Globe Championship, but they missed the reduce-off time for the run. Although they weren’t in a position to full the race through the planet championships, Beth and Liza James have completed other Ironman distance triathlons.
“Life is a present,” Beth James told Very good Morning America. “Each and each moment of every and each day is priceless. Do not ever take it for granted. Do not ever complain. There’s often positives surrounding you.”