Local mom to compete in Half IRONMAN

Local mom to compete in Half IRONMAN (WKEF/WRGT)

MIAMISBURG, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Hannah Ross is your typical, everyday mom.

She holds the family down, while her husband Kenneth often travels for work. Up until this year, she even home schooled their three kids.

"She made some big sacrifices to leave the corporate world and come home to be a stay at home Mom," Kenneth Ross said.

Way before her Mom duties start for the day, Hannah starts her training at 5 a.m.

The 41-year-old Dayton Christian grad will be representing the U.S as an amateur at the 70.3 Half IRONMAN World Championships Saturday, September 9, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The race consists of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1 mile run.

"I usually swim three days a week, I bike four days a week and I run four days a week," Hannah said.

Hannah initially got into competitive running.

"I always enjoyed being active, I loved to lift weights and run mostly," Hannah said.

However, nagging knee injuries slowed her down. That’s when Kenneth stepped in.

"I surprised her and got her a nice carbon road bike and told her, ‘oh you're going to do triathlons’," Kenneth said.

It was a great decision.

"I was scared to death the first year of doing triathlons and then it was something I discovered I just really loved to do," Hannah said.

Hannah hasn't looked back since. She's been competing for the last five years in triathlons and the last two in iron man events. She has a lot of hardware to show for it.

She trains every day at home, at the gym and outdoors with her best friend Becca Moore, and it’s taken a toll this year. She's battled through Achilles, shoulder and plantar fasciitis injuries, in preparation for this weekend.

"I had to take seven weeks off of running and I didn't even know if I would be able to do any more races at all this year," Hannah said.

With this unique opportunity, Hannah is determined to ride it out.

"I'll keep going until I can't do it anymore,” Hannah said. “One of my favorite phrases, and I have it in my workout room, is one day I will not be able to do this but today is not that day."

She hopes to finish in the top half of her age group this weekend, but no matter the outcome, this everyday Mom will always keep her priorities together.

"I've never let my training or any of my races interfere with my kids' activities."

That’s why her family will always be there to support every step of the way.

"We're just so proud to see her there. We can't wait to see how she does."

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