Sarah True nails her first full-distance in Frankfurt

Sarah True made her Ironman debut in style, running a blazing 2:54 marathon and finishing second at the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt.

| July 13, 2018 | PERSONALITY

Sarah True on the run course at the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt.

Sarah True on the run course at the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

"I’ll take it," Sarah True was quick to point out when asked about her impressive day at the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt, her first full-distance race. "it’s hard though, man. It’s different hard. I don’t think I’ll be walking up stairs tomorrow. It’s kind of a dull ache that you push through for nine hours, apparently. Now I know."

True represented the US at two Olympic Games triathlon events, finishing fourth 2012 Games in London. Last year she returned to her first Ironman 70.3 race since 2009 (she raced in Oceanside and the 70.3 worlds that year before turning her focus to draft-legal ITU racing), competing at Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga and the Ironman 70.3 Worlds in the same city. This year she took another huge step up by taking on her first full-distance race in Frankfurt.

A happy Sarah True smiles after crossing the line in second place.

A happy Sarah True smiles after crossing the line in second place.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

I asked if there were any surprises during the race.

"The whole race was a whole surprise," she said. "I thought it would be a miserable experience that you just push through … but a transformative miserable experience that you pop out of saying 'Wow, I can’t believe I just did that.' But it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. It was kind of fun."

I then asked how on earth she managed a 2:54 marathon in her first Ironman race.

"I put one foot in front of the other," True dead-panned.

Realizing I'd set myself up for that one, I tried again. "What were you expecting to run?"

"I expected nothing," True said. During the post-race press conference, Sarah Crowley, the defending women's champion, said that after True went passed her, she expected her to blow up.

"Like Sarah, I was waiting to blow up," True said. "She thought I was going to blow up, I thought I was going to blow up, thankfully I didn’t."

True's impressive debut and other 70.3 results will get her enough points to toe the line in Kona, which will serve as her second go at the full distance. Hopefully this one will also be "kind of fun."