(Photo by Michael Fischer)
During that time, competing in an Ironman triathlon was also on his radar, along with continuing to work the 2,000-head of cattle on he and his dad's farm south of town.
The training was grueling but completing an Ironman was a goal Christensen had set many years ago, and was determined to see through.
He got the best equipment, the best training coach, and he put in the long hours in the pool and on the road, running and biking, so he would be ready for the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and full 26.2-mile marathon.
Christensen completed the Wisconsin Ironman on Sept. 9 in 12 hours, 36 minutes and 34 seconds. His aunt, Rochelle Christensen, who ran many of the marathons with Kurt, also completed the Ironman last Saturday in Madison, Wisc.
"It couldn't have been more perfect. The weather was just great, couldn't have been nicer. I was thrilled with the results, it was much better than I thought I'd do," he told me a few days after the race. "I give all the credit to my coach. I kept smiling to myself during the run because I had so much enegy and was able to just keep running. I couldn't have imagined it turning out better."
And this was just the first one he's done. Christensen is already signed up to do the Lake Placid Ironman next July and the Wisconsin Ironman one more time.
The way Christensen attacks his goals is something to behold. Sometimes people need to be reminded they really can do anything the set their mind to. People like Kurt Christensen are there to refresh that in our minds.
A full-length feature story on Christensen and his preparation for the Ironman will appear in the Fall 2012 edition of Sports Source, out next week. Copies are available FREE at our office as well as Casey's and other local businesses.