WVU Professor by day, and Iron Woman by night. That's exactly what Morgantown resident, Lori Sherlock is. She'll be the only West Virginian competing in the Ironman World Championship in October.
Sherlock has qualified for the Ironman World Championships two times before. She said training this time was much more difficult, while she was completing her Doctorate.
"That process was unbelievably debilitating to my body and to my training," said Sherlock. "I wasn't able to do the hours of training that I usually do, so I felt like I was clawing my way back to get into the physical shape I needed to be in to complete the Ironman let alone qualify for the world championships"
Sherlock trains approximately 20 hours a week.
"A lot of people think that it's about a part time job," Sherlock said. "[Thursday] morning, for instance, I was up at 4 o'clock and I ran 15 miles and I have a swim this afternoon. So, I am very dedicated to get out there and make sure I get the mileage in."
Sherlock said most people don't realize the hour long broadcast of the event actually compiles 17 hours of running, biking, and swimming, in rough conditions, together.
"You look around and you see this amazing ocean and this beautiful back drop, but what you're not realizing is that the lava fields are so hot," Sherlock continued, "And by the time the ocean breeze gets to you after it crosses those lava fields, it's like somebody is breathing down your neck."
Sherlock will be heading to the championship October 11. You can keep track of her journey by going to the IRONMAN website and typing in 'Sherlock' in the athlete tracker.