The Ironman is the unholy spawn of endurance racing, cross training and suffering on earth. This three-headed chimera of a sport breaks down into three sections:
- Swimming 2.4 miles
- Running a marathon ~26miles
- Bicycling a +century (over 100 miles)
In 2011, there were 1773 finishers. The worlds population is 6.8 billion. That means only 2.59191314 × 10-7 % of humans had the fortitude to even complete the task. They say people have a hard time processing extremely large numbers, which is probably why the 99% of us still don’t understand the causes of the Global Financial Crisis 2008. To give you an idea of the awe inspiring magnitude of just how infinitesimal the probability really is: you have a better chance of winning the lottery.
The challenge is insurmountable for mere mortals like us. Those that have made it are miracles of nature, even when they have to crawl to the finish line after soiling themselves. 2011 was the year of three time winner of the Ironman: Craig Alexander. This is Craig Alexanders bike & triathlon gear.