As I am in training for my first half Ironman, I know first hand how much work is required to train for just 70.3 miles, I continue to struggle to manage my time effectively to swim, bike, run, sleep and recover, it is the most difficult thing I have ever put myself through mentally or physically.
I have the utmost respect for Chris Nikic, who has just become the first person with with Down syndrome to complete a FULL Ironman triathlon….140 miles of swim, bike and running!
Nikic completed the race in 16 hrs, 46 minutes and 9 seconds. That might sound like a long time on paper, but consider just how ludicrous the Ironman is. The race starts with a 2.4 mile ocean swim, which sounds bad enough in its own right. Then competitors hit the road for a 112 mile bike ride. At this point your brain has collapsed from how sore you’d be. Finally, because the Ironman isn’t torture enough, competitors complete a full 26.2 mile marathon run.
Congrats Chris and well done!! You should be honored for the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disability. You have made the impossible possible. Will you take with me?!
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