The director of the Sand Springs Parks Department is spending his free time training for Ironman!
112 miles by bike. 2.4 miles of open water swimming on Keystone Lake. Then a 26.2 mile run. All in 5 p.m.
“As long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to do something that would put you at your wit’s end,” said Jeff Edwards, Sand Springs parks superintendent.
Jeff Edwards spends his office hours at the Case Community Center.
After work, he trains for his first Ironman.
“It’s usually about 1.5 to 2 hours of training during the week after work and Saturday is about 5 hours of training and then Sunday is about 2 hours of training “, said Edwards.
Jeff has never competed in a triathlon before, let alone an Ironman.
“I’m what they call a couch for Ironman,” Edwards said.
He loves the process and surprises himself along the way.
“I’ve never swum in open water, especially in a competition. I’ve never cycled that far, especially with 5,000 vertical feet, and I’ve never enjoyed running in my life. I find a way to love all those things,” Edwards said.
Jeff says the long training sessions give him the opportunity to reflect on the things and people that matter most to him.
“I have two daughters, they are both about to be seniors… what are they going to do when they grow up, where are they going to be in life… my wife and I are going to do when we can retire,” Edwards said.
It’s how Jeff finds a work-life balance.
“For me, it’s like this epic journey,” Edwards said.
Ironman is May 22.
Jeff’s goal is to complete his Ironman in 14 hours or less.