NASA astronaut Sunita Williams has just set the bar for space athletes. Williams became the first person in history to complete a triathlon in space.
Fox News reports that Williams, who is currently aboard the International Space Station finished her half mile swim, 18 mile bike ride, and four mile run in one hour, 48 minutes, and 33 seconds.
“I’m happy to be done… It wasn’t easy, and I’m sure everybody in California’s very happy to be done too.”
The space triathlon, of course, had to be slightly modified to be conducted within the confines of the ISS. Williams used a stationary bike, a treadmill, and a strength training machine to simulate swimming during her triathlon.
MNN reports that the space triathlon was meant to keep the astronauts strong while staying at the ISS for an extended period of time. Muscles and bones can deteriorate in a weightless environment if they are not exercised.
“A big shout out to our astronaut strength and conditioning folks, who were really interested in this and who got this whole workout together… Thanks everybody for your support and ideas about health and fitness and how important it is for humans and getting us back into long-duration spaceflight.”
Surprisingly, this isn’t the first time that Williams has accomplished an athletic feat while orbiting around the earth. In 2007 she ran a marathon in four hours, 23 minutes, and 10 seconds aboard the International Space Station.
Here’s a video of the first space triathlon.