Congress Finally Gets an Ironman

Kyrsten Sinema completes 140.6-mile triathlon

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 18, 2013 7:03 AM CST | Updated Nov 18, 2013 8:05 AM CST

(Newser) – Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, the first openly bisexual member of Congress, has another first to her name: first sitting member of Congress to complete an Ironman triathlon, according to Triathlete magazine. The Arizona Democrat completed the grueling race (a 26.2-mile run, 112-mile bike ride, and 2.4-mile swim) in just over 15 hours yesterday, Politico reports. "Kyrsten Sinema. You. Are. An. Ironman," she tweeted, along with a picture of herself crossing the finish line.

She'd been training for almost a year, and told 12 News Phoenix she sometimes awoke at 3am to do so. Making her feat even more impressive: Before she started training, Sinema did not know how to swim. She's been busy: Last week she was one of 39 House Democrats who crossed the aisle to vote with the GOP on an ObamaCare fix.

In this June 28, 2012 file photo, Arizona Democratic Rep. candidate, Arizona State Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, is seen at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix.
In this June 28, 2012 file photo, Arizona Democratic Rep. candidate, Arizona State Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, is seen at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
US Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., smiles prior to speaking Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 in Tempe, Ariz.
US Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., smiles prior to speaking Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 in Tempe, Ariz.   (AP Photo/Matt York)
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