As told by an Ironwoman.
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This is my sister, Caroline, eight-time Ironman.
For the unacquainted, an Ironman triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike, and a 26.2-mile run (that last one is a full marathon. You know, casual).
For seven of those eight races, Caroline has acted as a guide for visually impaired Ironman athletes, which means running and swimming tethered to another person, and riding with them on a tandem bike. It also means that it's a good idea for her to be faster than the person she's guiding, so she's not in danger of slowing them down.
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She also likes staying home (so relatable!) and travels a lot for work, so I asked her what equipment is essential for working out, both at home and on the road.