My oldest brother Tom is 58. He’s a professor at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Generally he teaches summer sessions, but Governor Walker has cut back on education spending, so this past summer those sessions didn’t exist. So what did my brother do with the extra time? Catch up on reading? Travel? Spend lots of time with his new grandson?

No, he trained for an Ironman Triathlon.

If you are aware, the “Ironman” designation for the race means specific distances. A 2.4 mile swim followed by a 112 mile bike ride followed by a full 26.2 mile marathon. Any one of those individually is brutal. To get an official finishing time you have to complete them all in under 17 hours.

Tom has done this before when he was younger, so his lack of sanity was not in question. I saw him in July when we visited his new grandson in Chicago. He looked crazy in shape.

So I’m pleased to announce that yesterday my brother finished the Wisconsin Ironman. He was slow and steady the whole way, finishing a bit before midnight.

If you want to see the crazy mass swim start, this video is from two years ago:


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