My Ironman Saga

You have traveled across the vast numbers of other triathlon blogs in search of wisdom, truth, tips and tricks. I have none of those.

What I do have is the desire and motivation to constantly evolve in life.

"So what's your story, Bryonman?" you ask.

I blogged about that a couple of years ago. It's not a particularly remarkable story ... especially if you are on your own Ironjourney. I blogged a few times on the same July afternoon which was the day I signed up for Ironman St. George (140.6) in 2012. I knew I was embarking on an important adventure so I decided to write some of it down.

FACT: In May of 2011 - I literally could not swim 50 meters without stopping in the pool and gasping for air. In my first open water swim - I swam maybe 100 meters ... grabbed the nearest kayak and starting sobbing. In May of 2012 I swam some of the most epic Ironman swim conditions for over 1 hour and 40 minutes. In November of 2012 I completed the 2.4 mile swim in Tempe Town Lake. I am not blazing fast in the water - but considering where I started I am proud of my accomplishment.

So here I am on 04/08/13 - almost a year beyond my first Ironman ... and almost six months beyond my second and I am here to tell you:

1) I am currently more fit than I was leading up to either Ironman
2) I am just as motivated to train ... but racing much less.
3) I see much further and wider than I ever did before getting into multi-sport.
4) I see nothing as impossible and have pretty much zero fear in trying new things.


St. George update.

I toed the line in 2012 with epic wind. The fitness was there. I finished it. Approximately a 15 hour journey. I blogged about it. I did the last 140.6 at Ironman St. George. WTC has switched that race to a 70.3 (Half Ironman distance). This switch was mostly due to low number of registrations. It is a beautiful course for the full Ironman.

So some of you may be wondering ... what is Ironman St. George? Is it the same as the Ironman in Kona, HI? Do they show it on TV? Where is St. George?

Here is the official Ironman St. George web site.

St. George is in Utah. The last full Ironman in St. George was on May 5, 2012.


Ironman Arizona (IMAZ) update.


The proof of my slow swim.

The only thing similar about IMAZ and IMSG is the mileage. A completely different day on a much more forgiving course (race report). I finished the 2012 race in 11:57:26 with great weather. Unlike St. George, the IMAZ race presents a crowded course. Lots of drafting on the bike course. For shame.

I also posted a follow up to the race report.

Ironman Arizona became an Ironman course in 2005. It is a destination course. It is in a perfect time of year for most people in the southwest due to the cooler late summer and fall temperatures.

It is a fairly flat course but there is a potential for high temperatures and annoying headwind on the bike route.

Here is the official Ironman Arizona web site.

IMAZ 2012 was on November 18th.