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Missoula Runner Prepares For Ironman Triathlon

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After long days of grueling training, on Friday dozens of Missoulians are heading to Coeur D' Alene for the 2013 Ironman Triathlon.

For five years, Andrew Drobeck of Missoula has worked up to this weekend, the 2013 Coeur D'Alene Ironman Triathlon. He said from now on until race day, all he can do is hope.

"Just hoping you're feeling good on race day, and hoping it goes well, because it's nine plus hours for a good athlete," Drobeck said.

The race starts at 6:30 Sunday morning, and lasts until midnight. Drobeck said the best athletes finish in about eight to nine hours. Drobeck said even after years of training, he still has his worries.

"There's a lot that can go wrong, and really, you have to be really lucky to have everything go perfect on race day," he said.

The triathlon consists of a 2.4 mile swim in the lake, a fairly hilly bike ride on a 112 mile course, and finishes up with a 26.2 mile run, a full marathon.

"I've just been getting better, and better since I've started training, and I have a coach to help get me through it," Drobeck said.

More than 400 people from across the nation, and even some from outside the U.S., plus about 20 Missoulians are in Coeur D'Alene preparing.

"It feels good to be here," Drobeck said.

Drobeck said he's trained more than 40 hours a week for the event, and hopes to qualify for the world championship.

50 qualifying slots are open for the Ironman World Championship this October in Kona, Hawaii.

To follow the race on Sunday head to ironman.com.

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