Manawatu woman completes Taupo Ironman with broken foot
Finishing an Ironman is usually a Herculean task, but Palmerston North woman Tristine Emery completed nearly a third of it with a broken foot.
Emery, the wife of Hockey Manawatu operations manager Kevin Nicholson, rolled her foot 3 kilometres into the run at Taupo last weekend and fractured it in two places.
But the 39-year-old soldiered on and walked the final 39km to finish in 14 hours 53 minutes 10 seconds, together with Nicholson, the first time they had completed an Ironman together.
Emery said she knew she'd done something because it was awfully painful, but decided if she took her shoe off, she wouldn't be able to carry on.
"I decided ignorance was bliss at that stage," she said.
They had a big enough window after the 3.4km swim and 180km bike leg so they could walk the marathon after her injury.
"I had a few voltaren and panadol to take the edge off, but it certainly didn't stop the pain."
Emery hasn't had much luck at Taupo - at her first she tripped coming out water after the swim leg and broke her toe.
"I'm very clumsy," she joked.
Nicholson has done 23 Ironmans and 17 at Taupo, while Emery has done three Ironmans at Taupo, but this was the first time they decided to do it together.
The injury won't stop Emery, a commercial manager at ASB Bank, doing another one.
"People who do Ironman are a bit crazy anyway."
Nicholson, 47, had done the Tarawera ultramarathon a month earlier and hadn't prepared for Taupo, while Emery had little preparation too.
He has been an Iron Maori ambassador since 2009.