Beal to continue with Ironman events

Cross-country ride was by no means a swan song for Beal

ASked for some insight into how her raw vegan diet fuelling her run, Wanetta Beal said, “I never lost any energy. I met a lot of men that were riding across Canada, but I didn’t meet one woman, not one, which I found very unusual, I thought there’d be more of us out there …”

The men she said told her they were consuming anywhere between 8,000 and 12,000 calories a day, “and myself, because I was eating raw vegan food, I didn’t eat any more than 4,500 calories a day. I felt amazing,” she said, “and I got stronger as the trip went on. My energy level stayed really high because I was eating live food and supplementing with Avena Enzimes.”

Wanetta ate an 80 per cent raw vegan diet heading into the trip, and is now 100 per cent, something she said she’ll maintain at least until after, she makes a run at completing the Canadian Ironman Triathlon in Penticton Aug. 27 and 28.

Her plan is to do two full Ironman triathlons within 48 hours. There have been a few men that have done this, but she is the first woman to attempt it.

The Ironman is composed of a 3.8 km swim, 180 km bike ride and 42 km full marathon run, and must be completed within 17 hours.

This will be her second (and third) run at the Ironman — husband Grai proposed to her at the finish line back in 2006.

“I do feel confident, I’m scared though. It’s definitely out of my comfort zone.”