We took pride in our physical training at the department I worked at for 22 Years.  Working out was part of our regular shift, along with regular fire department training and emergency’s.  A lot of us worked out on our days off. Others took it a step further and competed in the fireman Olympics. Firefighter Robert Verhelst of Waunakee, Wisconsin, has broken the record for the most Ironman 70.3 races completed in one year, according to Guinness World Records. Robert takes it to a whole new level.  Check out this video about his accomplishments (below) from Fire Engineering and the article below that from the Guiness Book of World Records.

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Bruce merrifield

Wisconsin Firefighter Sets Half-Ironman Race Record

Fireman Rob races into the record books by completing 23 half-Ironman races in one year

By Rachel Swatman

most-ironman-70.3-races-completed-in-one-year-fire-gear_tcm25-409166In an extraordinary display of strength and determination,  Robert Verhelst from Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA has broken the record for the Most Ironman 70.3 races completed in one year, having finished the gruelling challenge an incredible 23 times between 10 January and 8 November 2015.

Robert is known to people in his hometown as “Fireman Rob” because of his job and the fact he always completes the running portion of each triathlon in his full firefighter gear (including a helmet, bunker pants, jacket and an air pack). This means he runs with over 50 lb of extra weight.

The 34-year-old has been doing costumed Ironman’s since 11 September 2011 when he first attempted the race to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York City.

A motivational speaker and father of three, Rob wants to inspire people all over the globe to put their passion into action and show his children that anything is possible.

The half-Ironman is an extremely demanding race that involves a 1.93 km (1.2 mile) swim, a 90.12 km (56 mile) bike and then a 21.08 km (13.1 mile) run – Rob completed a staggering total of 55,000 miles during his year-long Guinness World Records attempt.