What is Ironman?

”Swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, run 26.2 miles, brag for the rest of your life.”  That is the Ironman mantra spoken by Ironman founder John Collins.

Ironman was born out of a contest in Hawaii where swimmers, cyclists, and runners argued who was the fittest.  They decided to combine all three races and whoever won would be called the “Ironman”.  Sounds reasonable.

Well I can swim.  I swam as a kid.  I can backstroke, side stroke, crawl.  I can swim.  NO PROBLEM.  I can run marathons and feel little pain after I’m done.  How hard can swimming be?

Biking – I loved to bike.  I can run 26.2 miles – how hard can biking be.

These are my assumptions but I have no reason to believe they are true.  They are private thoughts put down on electronic paper.  But it is calling me.  My new lifeboat – Ironman.

I’ve eyeballed a couple of potential races.  Ironman Maryland is one.  Ironman Chattanooga is another.  Maybe even Ironman Florida.  I’ve settled in my mind that Ironman Chattanooga is the one for me.  It has a river to swim in, you swim downstream even, so that makes it a bit easier.

There are decisions to be made, but before I do that, I’m going to take a long weekend, find an indoor pool and see if swimming is as easy as I remember it to be.

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Living in the Hudson Valley of New York State, at age 40 (almost 41), I had a health scare and had to make serious changes in my eating and exercise habits. This is the story of how, I went from Morbidly Obese to being a Marathon Runner and ran 12 marathons in 12 months. After I ran several more, I did something I never imagined possible: I am an Ironman.

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