For the 19th consecutive year the 2009 Ford Ironman World Championship broadcast will air on NBC, Dec. 19, 2009, from 4:30 – 6 PM ET (check local listings). The telecast will highlight the physical and emotional journey taken by athletes during the renowned 140.6-mile triathlon. Veteran sports commentator and narrator Al Trautwig will provide the voiceover. Why they can’t air this live, I have no idea!!
Athletes profiled in the Emmy-award-winning program range from professionals including Great Britain’s three-time Ironman world champion Chrissie Wellington to physically challenged athletes, military veterans, retired professionals and weight loss success stories.
Featured athletes include:
*Decorated professional and 2009 top American finisher Chris Lieto, the former surfer and college water polo player with three top-10 finishes at the Ironman World Championship
*Matt Hoover, season two winner of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” who gave it his best to be an official Ironman finisher, but crossed the finish line mere minutes after the midnight cut-off time
*Rudy Garcia-Tolson, a double-amputee with numerous world records, who completed an impressive swim but narrowly missed the cut-off after biking the 112-mile course
*Four-time Lymphoma survivor and heart transplant recipient Kyle Garlett, who was not able to complete the challenging swim within the allotted timeframe
*Mike Adamle, a former professional football running back and well-known national and Chicago-area sportscaster, who tested his strength and drive for the second time in Kailua-Kona
1:45 on the bike
45 minutes of this ride consisted of spin class. Even though the class consisted of lots of intervals, I did my best to keep my heart rate in zone 2. I jumped up into zone 3 a few times, but for the most part I was able to ride in my aerobic endurance zone (125-137 bpm) for the entire 105 minutes. Riding here felt pretty easy, even for this length of time. I just have to keep telling myself that I’m building my aerobic engine and that what I’m doing now will pay off in the long run!