Astronaut Sunita Williams completes the 1st Triathlon in SPACE

Nasa astronaut Sunita Williams completed the first triathlon in space, running,  biking and ‘swimming’ as, 250 miles below, athletes did the same at the Nautica  Malibu Triathlon in Southern California.

After ‘swimming’ half a mile, biking for 18  miles and  then running for four miles, Williams made an off-world-record of one  hour, 48  minutes and 33 seconds – although these figures make no account of  time zones.

The space station has a stationary bike and a  treadmill, while harnesses  and straps substitute for gravity and stop  astronauts flying into the  walls.

While there is not  enough water to fill a  swimming pool on-board, Williams used special  weights on board to simulate the  swimming section, which is a cross  between weightlessness and resistance  training.

“I’m happy to be done,” she said after the race. “It wasn’t easy, and I’m sure everybody in California’s very happy to be done too.”

“A big shout out to our astronaut strength and conditioning folks, who were really interested in this and who got this whole workout together,” she added.

Williams was last on the ISS in 2007 where she again showed up those of us back on Earth by running a marathon in space, finishing in four hours and 23 minutes.

WIlliams and her crewmates, Yuri Malenchenko of Russia and Akihiko Hoshide of Japan, will return from the ISS in November.

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