Thursday, May 27, 2010

A Triathlete Visits DRA

Ironman Triathlon officials announced that St. George would be the newest destination for one of their premiere triathlon competitions. Just two-thousand five hundred athletes will be allowed to compete in this race which will be just one of seven Ironman full-distance triathlon races in the United States.  Saturday, May 1st, 2010 marked the first time such an event has ever been hosted in St. George, Utah.

What is Ironman?

Male and female athletes from 47 states and 30 countries, began the event by swimming a 2.4 mile distance in the Sand Hollow Reservoir.  Insulated with wet suits the cool waters (59 degrees!!!) were handled quite well by most swimmers.  After some of the nearly 4,000 race volunteers helped athletes peel off their wet suits at the end of the swim, the competitors then changed into bike gear...

Then comes a 112 mile road cycling course.   This stage of the race follows roads through the cities of Washington County.  Cyclists pedaled a large double loop around Snow Canyon State Park. 


The final stage, a 26 mile marathon, traveled a course from downtown St. George along the gorgeous red rock formations that line the northern skyline of the city.  Though impossible to count, officials estimated that at least 10,000 spectators showed up!


On May 11th, Eric Sullivan, the fastest amateur triathlete came and spoke to the students at Diamond Ranch.  He came in 15th overall with a total time of 9:35:19!  He spent 30-35 hours a week training, but this was by far his most difficult event location to date.  (But the scenery was great!!)

He shared some motivational thoughts with DRA students:

  • Mental Strength is just as important as physical strength. 

  • Be grateful for what you have and never forget that it could always be worse

  • Plan ahead but don't get overwhelmed by the big picture.  Take large challenges one day at a time.

  • You have to be stubborn, never give up, and stay focused on your goals

  • Overcoming challenges becomes easier when you know you have teammates who are counting on you AND you know that they are there for you.

What a great presentation...Thanks for your great words of advice!!

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