Friday, October 29, 2010

Welcome to Ironman Access - NOT!

As a marathon runner with a bicycle in the garage and memories of competitively swimming in High School I've long been tempted to try an Ironman. While I've been dissuaded by the staggeringly high registration fees ($600 to $1,000!) as this NY Times article points out the demand for Ironman slots continues to grow nevertheless.

The following PG-rated animated video which I found on Iron Brandon's site humorously ridicules the World Triathlon Corporation's attempt to bridge the supply-demand imbalance to their singular profit via their "Ironman Access" program (which, interestingly, was rescinded the day after its launch due to negative feedback):

Regardless, I sincerely respect anyone who can even finish an Ironman event, and even more-so with an incredible time in the marathon after having just completed a 2.4 mile swim and 112 mile bike leg. Here's a great video recap of Australian Chris McCormack's recent second Kona win; note his relaxed form while completing his 2:43:31 victorious marathon:

More Ironman humor:


  1. Awesome video! Mark, Ironman: Do it, do it, do it.

  2. LIke that video and just wanted to say thank you for your comment - really appreciate it. I'm going to run it to the best of my ability. Thanks!

  3. The first video is how a lot of people I know feel. Ironman is something I've thought about but the price is already a barrier. Very impressive accomplishment though.

  4. I simply love this animated video very awesome..

    --kizzy marmot