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Monday Inspiration: Sunita Williams the Space Triathlete

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Posted by Cags R under Triathlon on 30 September 2012 at 11:00 PM

There are many easy excuses to whimp out when you don't fancy working out. However, there's something about watching the commander of the Internation Space Station running the Malibu Nautica Triathlon in space which really makes your excuse seem a little flimsy:

From a gravity-simulating modified bench press (which is the closest thing available to replicate the swim), to an 18 mile cycle on an exercise bike with extra resistance added to simulate the hills of the Malibu triathlon and finishing with a 4 mile stint on a treadmill, Sunita Williams didn't let her current job keep her from taking on this awesome challenge. With a very respectable time of 1 hour 48 minutes and 33 seconds, it's a very promising start to the new extreme sport of Space Triathlons!

You might think that logging over 44 hours of spacewalking would suffice as her exercise whilst stationed in space but the effects of anti-gravity life on the muscles and bones of astronauts is what first motivated Sunita to start taking on these mega challenges in space.

This is not the first extra-terrestrial sporting challenge that Sunita Williams has taken on; she ran the 2007 Boston Marathon on the treadmill in the Space Station, recording a time of 4 hours 23 minutes and 10 seconds. She also completed the Falmouth Road Race in August this year.

We're wishing Sunita the best of luck with her future space challenges and also making her this week's Monday Inspiration!

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