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Posts Tagged ‘triathlon’

Gallery of the Intrepid: Limits?

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

– Wiccapundit

“Chu keep using that word.  I dunna think it means wha’ you think it means.” – Inigo Montoya

What are these ‘limits’ of which you speak?  Umm, I don’t think this guy has found his yet:

Scott Rigsby, first triathlete to finish the Ironman™ in Kona, Hawaii  (2.4 mile ocean swim, 112 mile bike ride, 26.2 mile marathon, all in 17 hours) on two prosthetics.  Because he’s a double amputee.


Gallery of the Intrepid – “Limits? What limits?” Edition

Monday, April 26th, 2010

–  Wiccapundit

As your Wiccapundit prepares to run his first triathlon this week, the subject of limits appeared to be a suitable topic for discussion.  I have used the Gallery of the Intrepid to highlight individuals who simply refused to accept limitations on what they wanted to do with their lives, in order to honor that special force within the human spirit that says “Hell no, I will not be beaten!”  When life seems to be sucking ass pretty hard and I get weary, I use this as a source of inspiration.

The triathlon is a combination endurance challenge consisting of a swim, followed by a bike ride, followed by a run, all in order and without stopping in between.  My first tri will be a time trial (10 min. swim, 30 minute bike, 20 minute run), although I hope to run a Sprint-length tri in a few months (400-600 yd. swim, 12-16 mile bike ride, 5K run).  The granddaddy of all triathlons is the original Ironman™ Triathlon held in Hawaii every year.  It consists of a 2.4 mile open-water ocean swim, followed by a 112 mile bike race passing  through a volcanic lava field, followed by a marathon (26.2 miles).  All three events must be completed in a maximum of 17 hours, but the current record is 8:04:08.  Altbough Ironman-length triathlons are held all around the world, the one in Hawaii is the Ironman.

Some notable Ironman™ personalities:

Paula Newby-Fraser: 8 time women’s winner, including 4 consecutive wins.

Sarah Reinertson: First person to complete the Ironman Hawaii on a prosthetic leg.