If you were diagnosed with a debilitating disease, the first thing you’d do is...sign up for a triathlon? That’s what 40-year-old Aurora Colello did.
At 19, Aurora moved to Hawaii and volunteered at Ironman Kona. She was awe-struck by the event and vowed to complete one someday.
Fifteen years later as a wife and mother to four children under 7, she was told she had multiple sclerosis, an incurable progressive disease that doctors predicted would leave her partially blind and wheelchair-bound in five years.
"At that moment, I knew it was time to enter my first triathlon,” Colello says. “I had to before my body began falling apart—never mind that I didn't have a gym membership, couldn't run a mile, and didn't even own a pair of workout shoes—I was going to do it!"
Aurora attributes her holistic approach to treatment to maintaining her health. She changed her diet to plant-based, avoids, gluten and sugar, which restored her vitamin and nutrient levels in which she was deficient. Training for the Nautica Malibu Triathlon, which she completed this past weekend, added much-needed physical exercise to her lifestyle.
Now Colello manages her symptoms and continues athletic pursuits where she in turn can help others with health conditions. Her advice to those hesitating to try a triathlon: "Just choose a race and sign up! One you are registered, something happens mentally. You are committed and you have to train. If I can do it, you can do it!"
If you're interested, the Malibu Tri that she did is good for rookies. The half-mile swim, 18-mile bike ride, and four-mile run is along the picturesque and pristine Zuma Beach in sunny California. Proceeds are donated to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles' Pediatric Cancer Research Program, which is dedicated to curing and preventing childhood cancers. This year a record $1.35 million dollars were raised.