KPRC 2 Meteorologist Eric Braate is an Ironman! Eric finished the Ironman World Championship in a little more than 14 hours. He finished just after 2:00 a.m. Houston time Sunday morning. Eric competed as part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. His goal is to help end blood cancers.
Standing on a dark beach in Kona, not far from the bay where he started the Ironman more-than 14 hours earlier, Eric said, “Wow! it’s been a wild ride! First thing is all of the people I met along the way. Hopefully they wake up tomorrow morning, they see that I crossed the finish line and we completed what we started.”
Eric said the swim was his strongest part of the 140.6 mile race on Hawaii’s Big Island. After the 2.4 mile swim, Eric raced his bike through the hot, black lava fields for 112 miles. He said the Houston heat helped prepare him. However he said the hills took their toll. He said the extra effort expended on the bike was apparent when he started the 26.2 mile marathon.
But he said the pain he felt was nothing compared to the people he met along the way.
“And they were a huge part. Opening themselves up, telling their stories so that people are aware of how important it is to donate to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to support blood cancer research," Eric said. "We crossed the finish line today. Hopefully we cross the finish line sometime soon in the battle against blood cancer.”