There is no Ironman competition bigger than the World Championship in Hawaii. For the third time, Memorial Hospital CEO Phil Newbold will compete in the Super Bowl of triathlons.
WNDU had the pleasure of delivering the message to Newbold, who received one of the 200 random lottery selections for the October 13th event. More than 6,600 people signed up for the lottery to join the world's very best Ironmen at the world's most prestigious event.
Newbold was stunned and excited when we told him the news at his Memorial Hospital office. The 59-year-old says there is no better feeling in all of sports than crossing the finish line in Hawaii and hearing your name announced to the world.
The Ironman competition begins with a 2.5 mile swim. It is followed by a 112 mile bike ride. Then, the icing on the cake is a 26.2 mile marathon.
Newbold is currently in the early stages of training. In a few months, he will begin to train more than 16 hours a week.
He says the most important tip he can give anyone is that when the alarm clock goes off in the morning, you better be up and out of bed within 30 seconds or it could be all downhill from there.
Phil Newbold's alarm clock goes off at 4:45AM!