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Thoughts on the Hawaii Ironman Coverage

I was able to watch most of the Hawaii Ironman coverage on Saturday and thought the pro race coverage was decent. I always would love to see more but that is what the live Internet coverage is for. The NBC show is created for a much greater audience than just a small percentage of endurance junkies.

It was interesting to see how even the pros can even have trouble with the basics. It was a bit painful watching the eventual winner Chris Mccormack struggle with putting on his helmet in T1. I felt bad for the guy but it did show he really is human after all. Chris is a triathlon stud and it was great to see him finally win the big one. He is a great ambassador of the sport.

Speaking of pain, it also was not easy watching Natascha Badmann suffer for 50 miles on the bike after hitting a cone before eventually dropping out. She will be back, probably stronger than ever.

An extra emotional and inspirational moment for me was watching double below-the-knee amputee Scott Rigsby finish the Hawaii Ironman in 16:42:46. Stories like this help to remind that the real limits to human potential are those we keep in our mind.

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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