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"I get a little bit competitive, and I try to go as hard as I can," she said, laughing. "I get a little bit competitive, and I try to go as hard as I can," she said, laughing.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

Most days, you can find Dexter Yeats in her sewing room. 

"I'm a typical grandmother. I make quilts. That's my hobby," she said. 

But come summer, you're more likely to find her in Lake Coeur d'Alene, training for Ironman. 

"I think a lot of them are shocked because I'm older," she said. "I get frequently asked my age."

Overcoming the odds is nothing new for Yeates. She started off by surprising her mom as a young girl. 

"As a kid, I was always the sickly weak one. When I started doing triathlons, I think she was amazed. She wasn't sure I'd make it to adulthood," Yeates explained. 

She hopes to be an inspiration for people who want to get into shape. 

"It's not just the very young and slender who can do this," she said. 

Her passion for racing started with horse racing as a young girl. 

"Nobody saddled my horse for me. I did my own lifting," she examined. "You have to be able to deal with whatever comes your way." 

At 70 years old, she's already completed eight full Ironman races. 

"I get a little bit competitive, and I try to go as hard as I can," she said, laughing. 

That means training every single day. She's not always the fastest, but she makes it in time.  Because whether it's life, or Ironman, Dexter isn't one to take the easy way out. 

"Giving up is hard to do. Keeping going is a whole lot easier," she said. 

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