Inching closer to Ironman race day - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Inching closer to Ironman race day

Posted: Updated:
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

Pretty soon, cars will turn into bikes and runners hitting the pavement along Northwest Boulevard.

But to get there, competitors need to complete the grueling two-mile swim.

“I really like pushing myself and finding where that limit is,” Alex Kulsa said.

For Kulsa, this is his first Ironman.

“Just going straight to the big one,” he said.

A former wrestler, he’s got the competitive spirit that goes into being an Ironman.

"Finding that excitement with all these other people here, it's a group out there doing that these endurance races these endurance sports that you're not alone in doing it,” Kulsa said, “everyone is out there doing it and they've all got their own challenges."

This is Dale Bartfay’s first Ironman as well.

“I turn 55 next month I figured I would do something epic before I turn 55 so I traveled 2,000 miles out here and I'm doing an Ironman,” he said.

A full time commitment for both who live full lives between work and family, it’s basically a second job.

“Train in the morning and train in the late afternoon,” Bartfay said.

"It is a 24/7 thing both mentally and physically,” Kulsa said.

As we inch closer to race day, the excitement and adrenaline to compete in the last full Coeur d’Alene Ironman gets their blood pumping.

“It just feels great that you've made it through those struggles and found those successes,” Kulsa said.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Amazon.com to bring more than 1,500 jobs to Spokane

    Amazon.com to bring more than 1,500 jobs to Spokane

    Friday, July 20 2018 1:51 PM EDT2018-07-20 17:51:43 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Seattle-based Amazon.com is opening a fulfillment center in Spokane, promising more than 1,500 full-time jobs.    The company announced on Friday that it was opening its first fulfillment center in eastern Washington.    The 600,000-square foot center will be built near the Spokane International Airport.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Seattle-based Amazon.com is opening a fulfillment center in Spokane, promising more than 1,500 full-time jobs.    The company announced on Friday that it was opening its first fulfillment center in eastern Washington.    The 600,000-square foot center will be built near the Spokane International Airport.

    >>
  • Death toll from Missouri duck boat accident climbs to 17

    Death toll from Missouri duck boat accident climbs to 17

    Friday, July 20 2018 3:51 PM EDT2018-07-20 19:51:29 GMT

    BRANSON, Mo. - Divers found four more bodies Friday in a Missouri lake where a duck boat packed with tourists capsized and sank in high winds, bringing the death toll to 17 in the country-and-western town of Branson, authorities said.

    >>

    BRANSON, Mo. - Divers found four more bodies Friday in a Missouri lake where a duck boat packed with tourists capsized and sank in high winds, bringing the death toll to 17 in the country-and-western town of Branson, authorities said.

    >>
  • Hayden man arrested for hate crime following fight with youth pastor

    Hayden man arrested for hate crime following fight with youth pastor

    Friday, July 20 2018 2:36 AM EDT2018-07-20 06:36:38 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - On July 12, officers responded to a large fight at a Coeur d'Alene McDonald's. Court documents say a Hayden man was charged with battery and malicious harassment, which is considered a hate crime in Idaho, following an investigation by police.  When officers arrived on scene, the fight had broken up, but witnesses were interviewed at the scene.

    >>

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - On July 12, officers responded to a large fight at a Coeur d'Alene McDonald's. Court documents say a Hayden man was charged with battery and malicious harassment, which is considered a hate crime in Idaho, following an investigation by police.  When officers arrived on scene, the fight had broken up, but witnesses were interviewed at the scene.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Crews nearing containment of Old CC Fire near Colville

    Crews nearing containment of Old CC Fire near Colville

    Friday, July 20 2018 6:29 PM EDT2018-07-20 22:29:05 GMT

    COLVILLE, Wash. - The Old CC Fire is nearing full containment, reaching 80 percent in the Northeast Washington Interagency's final update on the fire southwest of Colville. Crews are working towards 100% containment, planning to mop up and patrol the fire through Saturday. There are approximately 150 personnel assigned to the fire. The fire began Wednesday evening and has grown to 29 acres. The cause is under investigation.

    >>

    COLVILLE, Wash. - The Old CC Fire is nearing full containment, reaching 80 percent in the Northeast Washington Interagency's final update on the fire southwest of Colville. Crews are working towards 100% containment, planning to mop up and patrol the fire through Saturday. There are approximately 150 personnel assigned to the fire. The fire began Wednesday evening and has grown to 29 acres. The cause is under investigation.

    >>
  • Duck boats linked to more than 40 deaths since 1999

    Duck boats linked to more than 40 deaths since 1999

    Friday, July 20 2018 5:58 PM EDT2018-07-20 21:58:09 GMT
    Cropped Photo: SounderBruce / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0Cropped Photo: SounderBruce / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

    (AP) - Duck boats like the one that sank in Branson, Missouri, killing 17 people, have a long history of safety problems and have been linked to the deaths of more than 40 people since 1999. The deadly sinking in Missouri brought back painful memories of a similar accident nearly two decades ago in Arkansas. 

    >>

    (AP) - Duck boats like the one that sank in Branson, Missouri, killing 17 people, have a long history of safety problems and have been linked to the deaths of more than 40 people since 1999. The deadly sinking in Missouri brought back painful memories of a similar accident nearly two decades ago in Arkansas. 

    >>
  • Court docs: Kootenai Behavioral Health therapist charged with rape, abuse of underage patient

    Court docs: Kootenai Behavioral Health therapist charged with rape, abuse of underage patient

    Friday, July 20 2018 5:55 PM EDT2018-07-20 21:55:59 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A therapist at Kootenai Behavior Health is accused of having sex with an underage patient "hundreds of times" according to court documents. He's been charged with rape and sexual abuse, and is currently on administrative leave from the hospital during the investigation.

    >>

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A therapist at Kootenai Behavior Health is accused of having sex with an underage patient "hundreds of times" according to court documents. He's been charged with rape and sexual abuse, and is currently on administrative leave from the hospital during the investigation.

    >>