The standard for excellence in Ironman Triathlon circles is not how many races
you enter each year, but whether you are talented enough to qualify for the
Ironman Triathlon World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.After 20 races
this year, Mr. Lawrence has not come close to qualifying for Kona. Best of luck
@Ironman CAActually my standard of excellence is not whether or not
I can qualify for IM Kona but how I do when I get there. How have you done in
Kona? Are you "talented enough" for a top-10 age group finish on the
big island? If not then you haven't achieved my standard of excellence.
Best of luck next year.
@Brave Sir RobinI am and I have. Thank you for asking. Congratulations on your accomplishments. I respect anyone who qualifies for
Kona. That was the point of my comment, in case you missed it :)This
article is about a guy who finished 684th at Mont-Tremblant and 678th at St.
George, almost six hours behind the winner - in case you missed that, too ;)
And the point of my comment is the guy has finished 20 IM's...in 1 year.
That's more than you or I have ever done or will ever come close to. I
have an amazing amount of respect for this man for simply putting himself
through it...regardless of whether he finished in 8 hours or 14 hours or 17
hours, it's still an unbelievable accomplishment and he deserves better
than getting bagged on for his times.
Is he also setting a world record for the most money spent attempting to set a
world record? This is a very expensive proposition. A single
Ironman race can cost $5K or more. Who is paying for this if he is unemployed
and training full-time? Charity work is his main motivation? What a
guy.I am jealous.
@Brave Sir RobinIf a person breaks a world record for the most
baseball games played in the neighborhood sandlot, in your mind does he rise
above the stature of a World Series MVP?