Pádraig Mallon, Ice Ironman

Pádraig Mallon, Ice Ironman

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

It is quite unusual for an athlete to be competitive in both the sprint races and distance events.

Athletes like 5-time Olympic gold medalist speed skater Eric Heiden or swimmers like Michael Phelps in the 100m freestyle and the 400m individual medley or Keri-Anne Payne in the 200m individual medley and the 10 km marathon swim are some examples who come to mind.

But it is truly someone special who can do both an Ice Mile and a full Ironman triathlon during their career or especially in one calendar year.

Those men and women are called…Ice Ironmen.

They have to have the grit to swim 1 mile in nearly frozen water and the ability to swim 2.4 miles (3.86 km), bike 112 miles (180.25 km), and run 26.2 miles (42.19 km) in a full Ironman. These two types of events could not be more difficult and demand totally different skill sets.

It is a lonely club of Ice Ironmen … with Pádraig Mallon as the first confirmed Ice Ironman in human history.

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Steven Munatones