Way to go Patricia!
Full details here: http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/Features/2011/jul11/07-06Ironwoman.mspx
Here's the teaser text:
REDMOND, Wash. – July 6, 2011 – Sometimes people, well-meaning of course, ask Patricia Walsh how she manages to do the basic things in life—shower, get around, work—given her blindness.
What they don't know is that they are talking to perhaps the fastest blind Ironman triathlete in the world. At the recent Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas in Woodlands, Texas, Walsh swam 2.4 miles, biked 112 miles, and ran 26.2 miles in 11 hours and 50 minutes.
That's four hours faster than the previous Ironman record held by a blind woman. That time also beat the Ironman record held by the fastest blind man in history—not by seconds, but by 55 minutes.
When Walsh (center) lost her guide a month before the Texas Ironman, she didn't have much hope of finding another. But career triathletes Michelle Ford (left) and Sonja Wieck from Denver stepped in to compete with Walsh and help her break two records.
Wow - an amazing story that just needed to be shared! It came out in a weekly newsletter we get here at work and I am glad it got posted on our external site as well.
Questions, comments, concerns and criticisms always welcome,