MPD officer 1 of 2 training for Ironman race

MPD officer 1 of 2 training for Ironman race

Krista Luedtke is one of two Madison police officers training for September’s Ironman Wisconsin triathlon.

News 3 caught up with her Sunday as she trained in Verona for the race, which is set to take place Sept. 11 in Madison.

“I started (training in) probably mid-February,” Luedtke said.

Luedtke said she trains, on average, around 15 hours a day when she’s off. On work days, she said, she tries to squeeze a few hours of training in after work.

She does all of this while also balancing the responsibility of being a mother to a 9-year-old son.

“It gets a little chaotic sometimes. I just do my best,” Luedtke said. “I don’t really have the luxury like some people might, where you can fit in a lunchtime run or something like that.”

This isn’t first time Luedtke has trained for the Ironman.

“I did do the Ironman once before, actually on Sept. 11, 2011,” Luedtke said. “It was an amazing day, I don’t really have words for it.”

The significance of participating in the race on the anniversary of a day where dozens of fellow law enforcement officers died isn’t lost on Luedtke.

“It seemed like a fitting date to give it another shot,” she said. “I think by racing on 9/11, it’s kind of my personal way of honoring that, of going after things when so many people lost their opportunity to go after their hopes and dreams.”

With her son, who Luedtke calls a “big cheerleader,” rooting her on, Luedtke said she hopes she’s able to show others her outlook on life.

“One of the reasons I choose to race is because tomorrow’s no guarantee,” she said. “You can’t sweat the small stuff, because you never know what’s going to happen, so just enjoy it.”

Luedtke said she will race alongside fellow Madison police Officer Angela Kamoske as well as her friend, a firefighter from California.

To learn more about the Ironman Wisconsin triathlon, visit its website.