Turia Pitt is one of the most inspiring Australians alive today.
After suffering life-threatening burns during a marathon in 2011, Turia has returned stronger than ever to complete the Ironman competition in Port Macquarie on Sunday.
Turia was competing in a 100km ultramarathon in Western Australia five years ago when a bushfire raged through the course.
Turia, then 25-years-old , suffered burns to 65 per cent of her body and lost four fingers. She spent 864 days in hospital and was told she would never run again.
However, over the weekend, the phenomenal athlete achieved her goal of completing an Ironman triathlon.
Turia, 28, dominated the 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride, and 42km run in just 13 hours and 24 minutes.
"What gets me out of bed is just getting back to that really compelling reason of why I wanted to do ironman – just to prove that I'm fitter now than I was in the ultra marathon," she told Fairfax.
Turia, who got engaged in July last year, will rest up for three weeks before heading to Papua New Guinea to conquer the gruelling Kokoda trail for her charity of choice, Interplast.
Feature image via Twitter/@TuriaPitt