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Rob Gray Ultraman
Rob Gray Ultraman is in Niwot, Colorado.
Niwot, Colorado
Almost "off grid capable"... The final solar panels go in tomorrow, ready for Armageddon 2022 or whatever is likely to happen next!
Rob Gray Ultraman
Rob Gray Ultraman is in St. Francis Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
St. Francis Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Just a week ago, fresh off a 30km run with @calebdryden and @miles_boucher on Thursday, we spent some time chilling in the estuary at Cape St Francis. @miles_boucher legs seem to be just fine based on the look of these jumps! 💪💥🎉

Big G on the windsurfer, I'm in the cold water, recovering and on GoPro duty.

For me it was super fun to take a vacation from all structured training, spend quality time with the family and just do fun things every day. Now I'm back to the grindstone and hard work!
Rob Gray Ultraman
Rob Gray Ultraman
Rob Gray Ultraman is feeling cool.
In one of Lionel Sanders' latest videos, he hints that he'd like to do Ultraman. Of course I think he could win it (for sure!), provided that he didn't make too many mistakes. I recorded a video breaking it down into how I think he would fare over the 3 day race.

My UM analysis starts around 4m30s
https://youtu.be/mQqsWpddWBo

I think it would be cool to see him try it, we should make it happen!

#triathlon #triathlontraining #ironman #ultrarunning
Rob Gray Ultraman
Rob Gray Ultraman is with Ian Hersey in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Our usual Thanksgiving weekend is spent on the Big Island of Hawaii, competing in the Ultraman world championship. It's a 3 day race that circumnavigates the entire island. Day 1 is a 10k (6.2 mile) swim followed by a 90 mile bike ending around 4000ft above sea level in Volcano national park. Day 2 is a 171 mile bike and day 3 is a double marathon (52 miles) where you basically run the 2nd half of the Hawaii Ironman bike course!

Sadly, this year it was cancelled for the second year in a row. Coupled with multiple other race cancellations and some bad luck, I've not raced a triathlon since 2019! As much as I want to race, the priority is the safety and well-being of the people of Hawaii. They rely heavily on tourism and have been hit really badly by COVID.

The best I can do is share some photos from previous races. Here are some from 2017, the last time we got to ride the "red road" before the 2018 eruption covered parts of the road in lava. You can see the varying conditions that we had to deal with, we overcame much and prevailed with a successful race overall. One of the things I love about the Ultraman race is the reliance on my race crew led by @ihersey (@szcary60 and Michael Bush) and of course the crew for the other 362 days of the year led by @mambolinatimes !

Hopefully we get to race in 2022!
Rob Gray Ultraman
Rob Gray Ultraman is in Mountain View, California.
Mountain View, California
18 months later and it's finally official! World Record with 7 incredible friends. I've got to say this is one of the hardest things I've done. After day 4 you experience levels of fatigue and sleep deprivation that are simply unreal. My biggest day was 21k in total, with shoulders that felt close to falling off. Surprisingly, the worst side effect we all experienced was losing the skin on our toes because of all the flip turns.