Happy Thursday ya’ll! This morning, I participated in the Tempe Mayor’s Ironman Media Challenge. In honor of the Ironman being held in Tempe, Arizona this coming Sunday, the Mayor of Tempe, Hugh Hallman, holds a media challenge. It’s only 1/100th of an Ironman, but it gives you just enough flavor to have fun and still work hard.
I borrowed a wet suit from a co-worker and Landis Cyclery provided beach cruisers and helmets. I was advised by my fellow participants to wear my helmet and shoes during the swim because there would be no time for transitions – not that I know how transitions work in the first place. The water was freezing! But, we only had to swim 24 yards. 🙂 We then hopped on a bike and rode 1.4 miles and then ran 25 yards. When you’re soaking wet and it’s cold outside, it’s hard to keep your muscles warm so they were in a little pain.
But, I made it and wasn’t last! 🙂 AND, I almost beat the mayor. Almost.
The winner got $2000 to donate to their charity of choice. And this year, the mayor decided that each participant (15 total) got to donate $200 to their charity of choice. I donated mine to UMOM New Day Centers. 🙂 It was a really great experience.
Here are all the Republic participants! 🙂
Have you done an Ironman? I’m considering a sprint triathlon soon, but I hear bikes are expensive. So, we’ll see. For now, I’ll stick to my half marathon this weekend.