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Patrick Sullivan succeeded past his wildest desires throughout his “Coronaman 140.6” problem on Saturday.
The 2002 Manson Northwest Webster graduate recorded a time he by no means would have anticipated throughout his personal particular person Ironman Triathlon across the Fort Dodge space. Extra importantly, although, the 36-year-old Sullivan will find yourself elevating near $18,000 for Staff ZERO — a corporation combating to finish prostate most cancers.
Sullivan accomplished his trek in 11 hours, 22 minutes and 50 seconds of transferring time, which was roughly 80 minutes higher than his earlier low mark. He completed his 2.4-mile swim in a single hour and 20 minutes, his 112-mile bike in 5 hours and 40 minutes for a 19.8 mile per hour common, and wrapped up the day on the Fort Dodge Senior Excessive car parking zone earlier than 7 p.m. with a 26.22-mile run in 4 hours and 22 minutes — a 9.58 minute per mile clip.
“Throughout the race, the midway level of every self-discipline was essential to get to only to know I used to be on the downhill of that part,” mentioned Sullivan, who works at Bemrich Electrical in Fort Dodge. “The final 1,000 yards of the swim was very difficult, due to the restricted coaching I obtained in (earlier than the race) when the swimming pools have been shut down.
“The family and friends who have been cheering on the facet of the street in the course of the bike have been superb. Having my brother, Travis, experience the hilly 30 miles within the center was nice. It’s the primary time we’d rode bikes collectively since we have been children driving to grandma and pa’s home in Barnum.”
Sullivan started piecing collectively his plan after quite a lot of occasions had been canceled for the 2020 season because of the COVID-19 international pandemic. He then determined to lift cash for a similar group he had supported throughout his Ironman Wisconsin expertise in 2017.
Sullivan’s authentic objective — which he thought was virtually unobtainable on the onset — was to gather $10,000 for the most cancers trigger. As of Monday, he has virtually doubled that quantity.
“The group at my home that welcomed me again from the bike to start out the run was superb,” Sullivan mentioned. “The end line was the perfect. Mates, household and everybody supporting … all I might do was smile.
“Everybody from the group has been unbelievable in (rallying behind) me and Staff ZERO. I’m very grateful.”
Along with the crowds of people that helped will Sullivan to the end line alongside the best way, St. Edmond senior cross nation runner Rick Xu flanked Sullivan for the long term.
“He ran all the marathon with me,” Sullivan mentioned. “He positively made me a greater runner on Saturday.”
Sullivan thanked his coach and coach, Katie Silfies from Pace Sherpa Nation — “she put an excellent coaching plan collectively for me — and his spouse, Jennifer, “for assembly me in every single place on the bike and driving to every assist station on the run, ensuring that they had prepared what I wanted for fluids.”
Sullivan’s subsequent problem has but to be decided.
“I’m simply going to hit the fitness center for now and acquire some physique energy again.”
For now, the main focus is recuperation.
“I laid round all day (Sunday),” Sullivan. “I might type of stroll — however stairs have been fairly a problem.”
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