OCCUPATION: Registered nurse
EXPERIENCE: Fonce had a lot of stress on her plate nine years ago. After getting divorced, she started nursing school at Aiken Tech while raising three children (two boys, one girl - now ages 18, 16 and 13). Exercising helped get through everything, she said. She eventually graduated with a nursing degree in 2012.
In 2010, Fonce started running 5K and 10K events. Five years later, she joined a group from Fleet Feet and began training for her first half marathon. After running the Augusta University event in early 2016, she added eight more half marathons and ran her first full marathon in December on Kiawah Island, S.C.
“Once I did my first half marathon,” she said, “the floodgates opened.”
Fonce is a member of the local “wear blue: run to remember” group, which honors the service and sacrifice of the military. The past two years, she volunteered with the group during the Ironman 70.3 Augusta, doing things like handing out water and gel packs on the bike course. Fonce eventually decided to sign up for the event herself.
“It’s a dream come true for me,” she said.
Fonce, who competed in two sprint triathlon events in March and May, began training in January. She swims at least once a week, bikes twice a week and runs three days a week.
GAMEPLAN: For her first Ironman 70.3 Augusta, Fonce said she just wants to enjoy the event. Her time goal is to finish under eight hours.
Fonce said she’ll be wearing her “wear blue” triathlon suit and “think about the sacrifices soldiers have made for us,” she said.
She said she believes she can finish the swim in less than 40 minutes. On the 56-mile bike ride, she wants to simply avoid a flat tire and not fall. When it comes to the run, she said hydration is the key as she wants to enjoy finishing up in front of a supportive crowd.
“I want to try and not let my adrenaline overtake my body,” she said. “I just need to take it easy.”