POSTED: Monday, October 8, 2012 - 7:34pm
UPDATED: Monday, October 8, 2012 - 7:44pm
Longview, TX — A Longview doctor will compete Saturday in the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, achieving a life-long goal.
Robert Wessman saw the Ironman when it was first televised and wanted to compete.
“It was always a dream I always wanted,” Wessman said. “I am just thrilled to death that I get to live this dream.”
An Ironman Triathlon is an endurance challenge where competitors swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and then run a traditional marathon of 26.2 miles.
The race — designed to be the ultimate test of endurance — began in 1978 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Since learning about the competition, the 6-foot 6-inch tall, 270 pound 47-year-old, has trained in numerous ways, including running three non-championship Ironman Triathlon’s — two in Houston.
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