By Bill Plock
Boulder resident, Dede Griesbauer, the oldest professional triathlete in the world at 49 years old, placed second overall (male and female) at Ultraman Florida completing the race in a little over 22 hours. Listen (link below) to our interview with her talking about this race and her amazing, record setting accomplishment.
“It is not easy being a pro triathlete, but I know the alternative (she left a Wall Street career), while it’s a lot easier, I am just living my dream…”
To put some of this in perspective she swam the 6.2 miles averaging a 1:22/100. Her bike average speed over the two days of 263 miles was almost 24mph (and racers have to stop at stop lights and stop signs) and she ran a double marathon in a little over 8 hours, so about a 9 minute mile. That is remarkable.
Ultraman Florida is a three day endurance race covering 321.6 miles in central Florida. Each participant completes a 6.2 mile (10km) open water swim, a 263 mile (423km) bike ride, and a 52.4 mile (84km) ultra-marathon run. Day 1 consists of a 6.2 mile swim and 92 mile bike, Day 2 is a 171 mile bike, and Day 3 is a 52.4 mile run.
In this podcast Dede talks about the event, the training leading up to, her nutrition plan, how her coach Julie Dibens coached her through the event and maybe what her future holds.
Listen to the full podcast DEDE GRIESBAUER Podcast