Iron Cowboy James Lawrence
I had the pleasure of meeting and racing with the Iron Cowboy James Lawrence at the HITS 140.6 in Naples, FL this past weekend. The man is a class act! With his finish, James has kicked off his current world record attempt for the most iron-distance triathlons in a single year. In true Iron Cowboy style, James has started off with a bang, finishing the race first overall in 10:27:46.
Currently, James holds the Guiness World Record for most ironman 70.3 races completed in a year with 22 !! The man is a beast… Extremely fit and knowledgable, James has his 140.6 race strategy and nutrition down to a science. He has also been preparing for this iron-distance record attempt over the past three years. James developed a strong foundation of fitness prior to setting the ironman 70.3 record in 2010. He used 2011 to strengthen that foundation and prepare for this year. With pretty much most of his training behind him, James will be using his time between races for recovery and some swimming as well. This is also in addition to all the traveling that he will have to do between races.
James is racing 10 or 11 HITS series races, 16 or 17 World Triathlon Corporation (Ironman) races, depending on whether he can qualify for Kona, and other independent iron-distances races, including the Great Floridian in Clermont, FL. His journey will take him across the world from Canada and the United States, to Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, South Africa, New Zealand, and even Australia.
James is not only racing for another world record this year, he is also doing so for a good cause. Through his efforts, James is raising money for and spreading awareness about Quiet Way, a charity that is working to provide clean water for children and families in Kenya.
If you would like to support James’s 2012 world record attempt for most iron distances races in a year, he still needs help in getting to and from races. It is easy to donate your airmiles or frequent flyer miles to James. You can also help him out by giving him a place to stay at the race destination. Just visit his website to get in touch.
With this HITS race in Naples finished, James has 29 more iron-distance races to go ! I wish James the best of luck and will be following his progress on his Facebook page. It was both an honor and a pleasure to meet such an accomplished and driven fellow endurance athlete !