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
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)
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(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.

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