The heat took its toll as three islanders joined about 1,600 athletes who battled temperatures in the 90’s at the second annual Ironman competition Saturday in Utah.
An Ironman competition consists of a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112-mile bicycle ride, which is followed by a 26.2-mile run, the equivalent of a full marathon.
“It was bad out there, it was about survival,” Brian Goodremont said of the toll that the heat took on the final leg of the competition, the 26.2-mile run. “It was like a war zone up there with the ambulances. I saw four people standing in the shade of a rock cliff just throwing up.”
Goodremont bested the heat to complete the course in 12 hours, 29 minutes and six seconds, his third Ironman finish.
Competing in her first-ever Ironman, Meghan Hoffman finished in 14 hours, 37 minutes and four seconds. Whether it’s her last Ironman remains to be seen. “It might be a bit like childbirth,” Hoffman said. “You’ll have to ask me again in about six months or so, when the reward is gleaming and the pain has subsided.”
Though the most experienced of the three, Ron Wilson succumbed to dehydration and heat exhaustion at about the halfway mark of the run and was forced to retire before finishing the course. Wilson was attempting to complete his sixth Ironman at the Utah competition.