Ian Wright, Extreme Athlete In The Water and On Dryland

Ian Wright, Extreme Athlete In The Water and On Dryland

Ian Wright, a 50-year-old British open water swimmer and triathlete from Sheffield, England, became an Iron Iceman on December 17th in the Hatfield Outdoor Activity Centre, South Yorkshire, UK where he completed an Ice Mile in 4.13°C water and -1.00°C air temperature in 39 minutes 44 seconds.

He previously completed the 2006 Ironman UK in Sherborne Castle in 14 hours 9 minutes. Wright recalls, “I was 34 when I completed the Ironman. We’d just had my first child that summer in June 2006 so my final bit of training was a bit disrupted. Since then, we’ve had two more kids and I’ve realized that long distance triathlon training and having small kids is not very compatible. Now I’m 50, I have focused on something that’s over and done with in less than 40 minutes.” 

To become an Ice Ironwoman or a Iron Iceman, you have to complete both an Ice Mile and a full Ironman triathlon. To date, Wright joins a venerable Who’s Who of extreme athletes:

Iron Icemen:

Iron Icewomen:

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