Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Race Is ON!

Mike and George got off to a good start this morning. Weather's and overcast, just like George likes it. Hopefully, it doesn't get too hot today.

Here are a few pictures from this morning's start.

Mike, Angela, George, and I

Mike and George, wet-suited and
ready to swim!

The swim is over. Here's the best picture I got from the first transition (swim to bike), or T1.

George is the guy in the Air Force jersey sort of hunched over with the woman kneeling in front of him...mildly disturbing if you don't know what's going on. There's a line of blue-shirted volunteers smearing sunscreen on anyone who wants it. George's legs are getting coated.

Once skin safety was taken care of, off he ran to jump on his trusty steed and pedal an insanely long time.

You can track George and Mike and all the other athletes using the Tracker on THIS WEBSITE. George's bib number is 2424, and Mike's is 2478.

George's swim time was 1:21:53.

Mike's swim time was 1:56:50.

I'll keep you posted on their progress and if Ironman puts up the live feed of the finish later today, I'll give you the link to that. I hope they have it this's amazing to watch all these crazy people achieve their goal!!!


  1. This is nothing short of amazing. The technology, the athletes, all of it.

  2. I have a question: I know why marathons are 26.2 miles, but why is the bike distance 112 and the swim 2.4?

  3. Great question, Sharon! I had to look it up, but it appears that in planning for the first Ironman (which was very unofficial and seat-of-the-pants), they decided that a ride counter-clockwise around Oahu that started at the end of the 2.4-mile Waikiki Roughwater Swim and that ended at the Aloha Tower (where the Honolulu Marathon started) would be 112 miles. By merging the swim and marathon and a bike ride around Oahu, Ironman triathlon was born.

  4. Thanks, Susan. That's interesting! I see George is almost halfway through the run--good for him!


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