HINESBURG -- Nearly eight years ago graphic designer and Hinesburg resident, Steve Redmond, had his first encounter with the Ironman triathlon not as a competitor but as a spectator and source of moral support for his future wife, Jessica.
The opportunity to see many different levels of athletes and people from all walks of life compete was inspirational, Redmond said. Just over a month ago, on July 22nd Redmond found himself on the other side, completing the three mile swim, 115 mile bike ride, and full marathon in thirteen hours and thirty three minutes.
Redmond had made an effort to lead an active lifestyle, participating in small-scale sprints and shorter runs hosted by Lake Dunmore or the Shelburne Athletic Club with friends over the past few years.
However; after an enthusiastic response from his wife when he lightheartedly suggested that he sign up for the Ironman, Redmond became involved in his greatest athletic challenge yet.
Eighteen weeks of training as well as goal setting preceded the competition.
When people told him to train to just finish, Redmond took his own advice.
I should be able to pick and finish at a reasonable time. Just finishing would not entirely satisfy me, he said.
With encouragement from friends and family who accompanied him on race day, Redmond achieved his lofty objective with half an hour to spare.
Outside of the athletic sphere Redmond awaits his next challenge as he and his wife prepare for their first child.
The Ironman is only a small window in what it will be like, he said. Eighteen weeks of training cannot compare to eighteen years of parenting.