This months Ironman news has been almost all about Ironman Texas. I’ve found a couple of really good race reports from female pro Jocelyn Gardner McAuley and fast Irish age grouper Ian Farrell.
Ironman Texas also saw an incredible return to racing for big yank über biker Andrew Starykowicz who, after a horrific crash where he was dragged along under a truck ended up with a back brace and leg in a full cast. Texas was his first Ironman since the crash and his bike and run splits are pretty impressive considering his accident was only eight months ago.
IM Talk also have a really inspiring interview with an athlete called John Young who’s the first person with dwarfism to complete an Ironman.
Click on through for all of the stories.
Jocelyn Gardner McAuley Ironman Texas race report.
Myself and Ais met Jocelyn at the Ironman Mallorca awards ceremony where she won the women’s race. She was very humble and really friendly. Jocelyn’s Texas race is like a long list of all of the things that could possibly go wrong in an Ironman and an equally long list of the best way to deal with adversity in a race. I’m always impressed with Pros who keep going despite difficulties. In a race that saw a lot of the male Pros DNF Jocelyns performance is a real example of what Ironman means to most of us. You can check out her blog here or the Texas race report here. Very impressive stuff.
Related: Ironman Mallorca 2016 race report
Ian Farrell Ironman Texas race report
Fast Irish age grouper Ian Farrell was also racing Ironman Texas, was chasing a fast time and a Kona slot. I spoke to Ian in the shop the week after the race and he gave gave a very honest, no bullshit account of how he got on. It’s well worth a read. You can check out his blog here and the race report here to see how he got on.
Andrew Starykowicz IM Texas return
One of the most inspirational stories I heard during IM Texas was that über biker Andrew Starkowicz was back in the saddle after suffering horrific injuries when he was hit by a truck and dragged along underneath it last August. He not only toed the line but also in typical Starky fashion absolutely smashed the bike with a 4:01 split. Unfortunately after leading into T2 he then lost the lead on the run and finished with a 3:58 marathon.
There are lots of people who have spent as long or longer on the marathon than the bike in Ironman but there aren’t too many of those who still finish with a sub 9… Man I’d kill for an 9 hour Ironman where my bike and run were almost the same…
IM Talk episode 563 John Young
Bevan and John of IM Talk interview John Young on this weeks episode of the best Ironman podcast in the world. John is the first person with dwarfism to complete an Ironman and his story is brilliant. He’s a real no bullshit sort of guy and very entertaining. You can check it out here