Jaime Sloan, a 34-year-old active duty Air Force Airman and mother of two children under the age of three, set a new personal best (PB) record during an Ironman race last month—and she did it while pumping breast milk.
Hailing from Tucson, Arizona, Sloan completed the 70.3-mile Ironman in 6 hours, 12 minutes, and 44 seconds on October 21. The grueling race consists of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run.
Sloan, who just gave birth to her second baby, Carter, in March, struggled with sciatica during her pregnancy, making the accomplishment all the more meaningful.
According to Daily Mail, she said:
“… I had to stop running when I was pregnant with Carter. About five months in I could barely even walk. So right after I had him, I waited by six weeks and then was really excited when I got back running again.”
Though Sloan had learned to work breastfeeding into her regular training routine, she was holding out hope that she wouldn’t have to pump during the race. If she did have to pump, she planned to step down, but once she realized she might be able to set a new PB, her plan changed.
“I was thinking I might even be able to make it through the whole race without pumping. But I knew that this particular day would be a longer one and I wasn’t quite sure how it was going to go.
“By the time I got off the bike, I knew I needed to pump. But I was also looking at a personal record because I had had a really awesome bike ride.
“I just thought ‘I’m just going to do it on my run.’ I figured that coming off the bike would be the best time to do it as my legs would be tired anyway, and I would probably want to walk a little bit.”
Other racers cheered Sloan on. She said she got positive reactions from other racers who noticed her pumping. She used a cloth to cover her breast while pumping because the race has a strict no-nudity policy.
Sloan, who hopes her accomplishment will inspire other women, said:
“I think a lot of other new mothers are super encouraged by it. I hope that it can encourage other women and mothers and really anyone who has a lot going on in their lives. There’s always a way that you can make it happen, you might have to get a little creative from time to time. No matter what, if someone believes they can do something they can make it happen because it is possible.”
People online were impressed by Sloan’s dedication:
You do not have to pump breastmilk while achieving a personal record in a half Ironman race to be a badass.
But OMG is this mom a badass. https://t.co/1jV7cpJmFa
— Diana | SportsTV (@DianaSportsTV) November 9, 2018
That’s pretty awesome!
— William Simons (@billy_simons) November 9, 2018
Shoutout to Jaime Sloan, 🎉🎉who nabbed an Ironman 70.3 personal record last month — and even found time to pump breast milk during the run portion of the race to feed her 7-month-old son. https://t.co/0ZOa42svNX
— Bumps Tweens & parenting (@bumptweenparent) November 9, 2018
One thing’s for sure, Sloan is definitely an inspiration. #MotherhoodGoals
And proof that men really should just stop whining:
— Dr. Katie Rizzone (@DrKatieRizzone) November 9, 2018