New Braunfels mother of 6 takes on Ironman competion

Nusha Pelicano also runs five yogurt shops, will compete in World Championship

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – In Nusha Pelicano's home, dull moments don't exist.

"I have six children. My oldest one is 16, my youngest is 7. Four girls and two boys," Pelicano said.

It's an enormous job and on top of that, the New Braunfels mother has her actual job.

"I have Orange Leaf frozen yogurt stores. I have five. They're all here in Texas. I do payroll, I pretty much do all the business side of it," Pelicano said.

If that's not enough to impress -- there's much more. Before Pelicano takes the kids to school and gets to work, she wakes up at 4:30 a.m. everyday to train for Ironman competitions.  

"I think they say 'How do you do it all?' Not to say 'You're crazy!' It is a little crazy but I've always had a lot of energy," Pelicano said.

That's putting it lightly. Pelicano's set national sprinting records in Mexico, run marathons, triathalons and last year she competed in the Half Ironman World Championship.

She'll do it again this weekend when she competes in the Ironman World Championship in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada.

Pelicano's training consists of a mile and a half swim. She bikes 56 miles and then runs a half marathon to the finish line.

Like every competition, her fuel and ispiration will be thoughts of her children and the hope that in turn, she inspires them.

"Nothing comes for free. You have to work hard for it and I think it's awesome to have a dream and know that anything is possible," Pelicano said.

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