The Ironman World Championships took place on Saturday, October 8th, and while our swimmers were competing at the Visalia meet, two current and past TNT athletes were among over 2,000 who competed at the Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The competition involves a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run, all as one 140.6 mile event. Our own Missy LeStrange clocked an overall time of 12 hours, 56 minutes and 13 second to finish 3rd in her division that consisted of 35 contestants, splitting 1 hour 8 minutes and 30 seconds for the swim 6h 24m 38s for the bike, and 5h 11m 21s for the run. Her swim time was the fastest in the field by three seconds over Brazil’s Marise Nunes who finished 8th overall with a time of 14h6m5s.
AJ Reid competed in the 18-24 division, and finished 20th in his field of 38 athletes. AJ’s time was 11:02:17, and he was the 4th fastest American to finish in the division. AJ swam 57:57, and then followed that with a bike split of 5:30.57, and finally the run of 4:22.33. This was AJ’s firs Ironman World Championships.