One Man's Ironman Experience

From the Show: Talk Healthy Today
Summary: What's it like to participate in the Ironman challenge?
Air Date: 5/8/18
Duration: 26:02
Host: Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Ted Spiker, Ironman Competitor
Ted-SpikerTed Spiker is the chair of the department of journalism at UF. He teaches Advanced Magazine Writing and Sports Media & Society, as well as other magazine and writing courses.

Spiker, who was an editor at Men’s Health before coming to UF, has had hundreds of stories published (primarily about health and fitness) in;; Outside; O, The Oprah Magazine; Women's Health; Runner's World; Fortune; and many other magazines and digital platforms.

Spiker writes the Big Guy Blog for and he is the co-author of about 20 books and the sole author of one book. He was once named by as one of the 100 most influential people in health and fitness, and he was named the 2016-17 Teacher of the Year for the University of Florida.
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One Man's Ironman Experience
The Ironman competition is quite a physical challenge. Competitors must complete a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run (full marathon). The challenges must be completed consecutively and must be finished within 17 hours.

Ted Spiker committed to Ironman. He knew that one second past that 17-hour limit would result in a Did Not Finish (DNF) classification.

While Ted wasn’t a strong athlete in his younger years, he worked hard to reach Ironman. Gradient competitions and training prepared him for the event.

Listen as Ted joins host Lisa Davis to share his Ironman journey.