Anne Van Dam, ironwoman of golden coronary heart

She is a Solheim Cup star, five-time LET winner and one of many strongest golfers on the LPGA Tour. However now, all within the title of an excellent trigger, Anne van Dam can add to her report additionally ending a triathlon. Only one week after her participation within the Andalucia Open De Espana (completed within the prime 10), she accomplished the Ironman 70.3 in Indian Wells in California.

Anne Van Dam, outcomes

For these unfamiliar with triathlon, Ironman 70.3 is a three-leg race: 1.9km open water swim
90km by bike
21km run.
Van Dam completed the race in 6 hours and eight minutes, ending in thirty fourth place in her class, an excellent end result.

The fraction that anxious her probably the most was swimming. “I am used to swimming in a pool, with partitions and a backside line to observe. Within the open sea it’s one other factor ”, she declared earlier than departure. “It is undoubtedly a problem,” she added, “I run and cycle each time I can, and mixing them was one thing I’ve at all times wished to do”.

Anne van Dam wished to take part on this race to advertise a fundraiser for little Grace Godfrey, the severely sick daughter of LPGA golfer pal Jane Park and caddy Pete. Van Dam has already raised greater than $16,000 to assist them with gear, hospital care and specialty therapies not coated by the household’s insurance coverage.

Triathlon is a person multidisciplinary sport, which additionally consists of staff competitions (additionally known as relays). The triathlon is split into three disciplines that happen in succession and with out interruption; they’re widespread to all athletes and have a hard and fast order: swimming, biking and working.

The full race time is calculated together with the transitions between one lap and the following, known as transition 1 – T1 (swim/bike) and transition 2 – T2 (bike/run). Since 2000 it has been an Olympic specialty, each for women and men, and from 2021 the staff competitors was additionally launched with the blended relay components (2 males and a couple of ladies).