Crossing the line just past midnight EST, Alyssa Godesky has etched her name into the history books as the cream of the crop in the sport of triathlon. Alyssa completed the Ironman World Championship in 11:06:08 on what was an exceptionally hot and windy day in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. She swam 1:08:37, rode 5:48 and ran a 4:02 marathon on pure grit. Her reward? Perhaps the best welcome from the voice of the Ironman, Mike Reilly:
"Here comes Alyssa Godesky, who likes to abbreviate words, tell funny jokes, and she's holding out for the Orioles to win!"
She looked pretty exhausted crossing the line, and rightfully so. On both the men's and women's side, winning times were 15-20 minutes slower than 2011, when near-perfect conditions led to a men's course record and extremely fast marathon times. Today's marathon times were 7-10 minutes slower, on average, for the top pros, with many finding the day too much to handle. Race leader for much of the day, Marino Vanhoenacker, was taken away by ambulance after severe heat exhaustion halfway into the marathon.
For Alyssa, this is her 6th Ironman in the past 3 seasons, and wouldn't you know it - The Baltimore Sun just did a little story on her, which incidentally was published around the same time she finished!
Alyssa Godesky, You Are An Ironman!
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