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Ironman Triathlons on St. Croix and Elsewhere: Challenging Both Physically and Mentally

Companies like Cane Bay Partners, co-founded by Kirk Chewning, sponsor various events to promote community fellowship and inspire people to pursue self-improvement goals. An example is this particular company’s sponsorship of the Ironman triathlon on the island of St. Croix. Triathlons require participants to complete three rigorous athletic events in a row within a certain number of hours, which is a significant physical and mental challenge.

Activities and Mileage

The Ironman triathlon consists of three specific activities and mileage requirements. The St. Croix triathlon was technically known as a half Ironman. Requirements were to swim 1.24 miles, bike 56 miles and run 13.1 miles. There are no breaks between the events. These rules make it apparent why this is such a challenging athletic effort.

Reasons Men and Women Participate

Some men and women compete to rank high on the list of race participants, completing the events in an impressively short time. Others take on the challenge knowing they will likely place near the bottom, but they have the goal of completing all three events.

Numbers of Finishers

Globally, there are around 700,000 Ironman finishers each year, but that includes repeat efforts by some of the same competitors. That’s far less than 1 percent of the world’s population.

Lance Armstrong

Some of the participants are celebrities, with most of them being professional athletes who are accustomed to rigorous training, practice and competition. Lance Armstrong is a primary example, having taken the top Ironman spot twice in 2012, as well as 2nd, 3rd and 7th place in other Ironman triathlons that year. After his doping activity during cycling was discovered, however, he was banned from further Ironman races.

Other Celebrity Participants

NFL player Darryl Haley and MLB player Jeff Conine are two other athletes who have completed Ironman events. Interestingly, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay also has done so. Armstrong’s best time was 3 hours, 45 minutes and 38 seconds. As a non-professional athlete, Ramsay’s finish time was more than 14 hours. Nevertheless, everyone who manages to complete this grueling race within the allotted time frame has every right to be extremely proud of the results.