Another incredible woman, in the middle of a 3,500-mile triathlon

I hadn't planned three straight posts on women performing amazing feats of endurance, but my story Tuesday on Katie Pumphrey, a Baltimore woman who is confronting the pain of fibromyalgia by preparing to swim the English Channel, prompted a reader to e-mail me about Norma Bastidas. It turns out that Bastidas is swimming, biking and running from Cancun, Mexico, to Washington, D.C., to bring attention to human trafficking.

Here is the staggering tracking map of Bastidas's progress so far, from the Web site that is following her journey.

According to the site, Bastidas is a 46-year-old single mother and survivor of sexual violence. If she succeeds, she would set the record for the longest triathlon ever at 3,536 miles, more than doubling the previous mark.

So far, she has swum 122 miles in the open ocean and biked 493 miles, according to the site. I've read Marshall Ulrich's book "Running on Empty," about his run across America, so I have some idea of what Bastidas has undertaken.

I'll see if I can get in an interview with Bastidas sometime before she arrives here in my hometown.




Lenny Bernstein writes the To Your Health blog. He started as an editor on the Post’s National Desk in 2000 and has worked in Metro and Sports.



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