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Old 08-07-2015, 08:01 AM   #1
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For most people, landing a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records would be an ultimate achievement. But James Lawrence wanted more. Having already set the record for completing the most Ironman-distance triathlons in one year (finishing 30 races in 11 countries during 2012), Lawrence was already one of the world's most accomplished endurance athletes. To top it, he'd have to do something that, for most, would be impossible.

So for 2015, the 36-year-old athlete set out to do the unthinkable: complete 50 triathlons, in 50 days, in 50 different states. That's 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of cycling and a full 26.2-mile marathon run every day for 50 days straight. Somehow, Lawrence, "The Iron Cowboy," did it.

We're not sure how he had time to sleep (his average: 4.5 hours a night) — much less recover and travel state to state. For some insight, here's a behind-the-scenes conversation with the world's toughest Ironman.
Meet the Iron Cowboy

RedBull.com: First off, why even try this?

Lawrence: The first time I set a record, it was an accident: I did the most half-Ironman-distance races in a year in 2011. In 2012, I decided to go for the full thing. That eventually led to the 50-50-50 project. Each project I do supports a charity — the 50-50-50 project raised money for the [British celebrity chef] Jamie Oliver Food Foundation.

What was the hardest state?

Arizona and Tennessee. Why Tennessee? I fell asleep, fell off my bike and crashed at mile 30 and had to finish the ride with a lot of nasty road rash.

You fell asleep?

It was one of my biggest struggles, especially on the bike. With swimming and running, you have to actively keep moving. When biking, you can coast. That’s when I’d fall asleep. During my most exhausted periods, it could happen in three or four seconds, while my heart rate was well above 100 bpm.


That sounds like it hurts. Which part of your body took the most abuse?

In between my legs (seriously!) and my toes. My feet were just destroyed — blisters in between my toes, toenails coming off.

We heard you ate 3,500 calories every morning?

Eggs and hash browns, every single day. It would be about half of my 7,000-8,000 calorie intake for each day; 3,500 calories before every bike ride!


So you’re a numbers guy?

I’m not a numbers guy — that’s why I hired one to be my coach. I couldn’t have done this without him and my two wingmen, who did a great job of keeping the attitude fun and lighthearted, which you need to do on such a challenging project.

Speed wasn't your goal in these.

No — and if it had been, my average was about 14 hours. The goal was to finish 50 — and I'm pretty sure I did that faster than anyone, ever!

You had a lot of people join you on the way.

I invited people to join me for the last 5 kilometers of each marathon. Some days we had 10 people, other days we had 2,000. I was totally inspired. People shared their stories with me every single day, and it kind of became a game of emotional pingpong. They’d bat their stories to me, and I’d take that and use it as fuel the next day.

What’s up next?

The Iron Cowboy triathlon, coming up in August 2016 in Utah.



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Well that's insane.
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Too much cardio is bad for even the healthiest people.

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i'm not sure if we can harp on this guy for anything at all, but I'm impressed you found something.
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This guy not have a job?
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Did anybody notice the person in the left corner of the top photo.....
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I'm not sure if that's a man or a woman....
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Rather incredible feat.
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Damn, that's insane. It would probably take my body 50 days to do 1 triathlon
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i'm not sure if we can harp on this guy for anything at all, but I'm impressed you found something.
I can. As the great Kenny powers said "I'm not trying to be the best at exercising, I play real sports"
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That's crazy and gross.
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Dude could start a side business etching VINs into glass with those nipples.
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I can. As the great Kenny powers said "I'm not trying to be the best at exercising, I play real sports"
Ironman is not exercising.
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That's insane. Just purely insane, my hat goes off to that guy. What a frickin beast.
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Ironman is not exercising.
Running=exercising
Biking=exercising
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Did anybody notice the person in the left corner of the top photo.....
Incentive to keep "Iron Manning".
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That is an amazing achievement. Besides the task of completing one of the most physically taxing events in the world, over and over and over, the training to even get to the point where such a thing becomes possible is unimaginable.
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Therefore iron man=exercising
So a bunch of guys playing pick up hoops at the Y is a sport, while the Tour de France is just a bunch of guys out exercising together?
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He didn't do this because it was "good for him". He did it to set a record that will probably never be broken.
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Congratulations to this guy, talk about discipline
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This guy is a bad ass.
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Has anyone here actually done an ironman? Doing 2 in a weekend would be insane. 50 in a row is simply nuts. I've done a half ironman and that alone takes A LOT out of you. Took me almost a week to recover.
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