TEAM JAENKE: Ipswich ironwoman Kym Jaenke is supported in Hawaii by Lloyd Jaenke, her parents Lyn and Noel Jaenke, Corey Jaenke and Jean Jeanke.
TEAM JAENKE: Ipswich ironwoman Kym Jaenke is supported in Hawaii by Lloyd Jaenke, her parents Lyn and Noel Jaenke, Corey Jaenke and Jean Jeanke. Contributed

Family support helped Kym defy cruel setback

INSPIRATIONAL Ipswich sportswoman Kym Jaenke completed the gruelling Hawaiian Ironman in nine hours, 53 minutes and 18 seconds.

Her 3.8km opening swim leg took 58 minutes, 11 seconds.

Despite a nasty crash (see main story), she completed the 180km bike ride in five hours, 31.42 minutes.

Her 42km run to the finish was over three hours, 18 minutes.

"The swim leg was amazing," Jaenke said. "Two thousand people starting in the water together. Some people say it's a battle of survival."

After recovering from her bike crash, Jaenke was happy with her run. "I do a majority of my long runs and long training by myself," she said.

"I think racing in Kona, that benefited me moreso than if I had been running in a group.

"It's isolated and it's hot with the road temperatures about 40 degrees and 90 percent humidity.

"It's just a matter of keeping focused and determined, which is what I was.

"You get the headwind going out, a headwind coming back, a crosswind at various times.

"It's phenomenal. It's an amazing event."

Still in Kona yesterday, Jaenke appreciated her family support team which travelled to watch her.

Kym's parents Lyn and Noel Jaenke were there, along with Lloyd Jaenke, Corey Jaenke and Jean Jaenke. They wore specially made t-shirts for Kym.

"Their love and support made the day so much special to share it with them," Jaenke said.

Jaenke also thanked Yellow Jersey Bike Shop staff and a local business Ireland & Co.



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