Michael St. Pierre completed his second Ironman triathlon in Louisville, Kentucky this past weekend. The Ironman is a race consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike, and a 26.2-mile run. The event is completed in one day and athletes are given a strict 17 hour time limit. Throughout the course of the day the triathletes abuse their bodies, burning over 13,000 calories and risking dangerous injury all for one thing: the glory and bragging rights of becoming an Ironman.
Over 3,000 people entered Sunday's competition and just over 2,200 completed the race. Finishing times ranged from 8 hours and 42 minutes for professional competitors and all the way up to the 17 hour cut off time. Some got sick in the water, others fell from their bikes, and many collapsed on the run from extreme heat exhaustion and dehydration.
Ironman participants are among the world's most determined and extreme athletes. The level of dedication and perseverance required to complete this grueling race is unrivaled. Hear Michael's story of becoming a two-time Ironman finisher in the video above. Prepare to be inspired.
Could you do an Ironman triathlon?