Ironman Champion Haley Chura shares the secrets to her success and eternal optimism
Super-swimmer Haley Chura won Ironman 70.3 Buenos Aires after more than a year’s hiatus from the sport she loves. In 2015, three weeks before toeing the line as a professional at the World Championship, Haley was hit by a car during a training ride. Haley shares her ongoing fears of being out on the road and how she is overcoming them. Also this week, Sara Gross and Alyssa Godesky discuss the recent launch of Super League Triathlon (sans women) and why the pro start lists are stacked at this stage in the season.
“The timing of the crash was devastating. It was really bad and it took a long time to come back. I was very frustrated with myself that it took so long. It was physical, but also mental. I was terrified to drive.” -Haley Chura
Before wading into the world of triathlon, Haley won a National Championship with the University of Georgia Women’s Swim Team and competed in the US Olympic Trials in both 2004 and 2008. In 2013, Haley gave up her job with a thriving accounting firm to go all-in with triathlon as a professional. In her first year as a pro, she won her first 70.3 title in New Orleans. In 2014, Haley won her first Ironman title by over 30 minutes at Ironman Brasil Fortaleza.
Podcast length: 33’09”