GJ grad Ben Hoffman wins Ironman Triathlon
It hasn’t sunk in yet.
A few days after he won his first Ironman Triathlon, Ben Hoffman was still trying to put it in perspective.
The 27-year-old won the Ironman Lake Placid, N.Y., race one week ago in 8 hours, 39 minutes, 34 seconds. The triathlon is a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run.
“It’s been a while coming,” Hoffman said. “It feels pretty amazing. I didn’t prepare myself for the reality of winning it. It’s a relief to get out of the way.”
It was his fourth Ironman race.
With the victory, Hoffman qualifies for the Ironman World Championships in October in Hawaii.
“Most people that don’t know about triathlons know about that race,” Hoffman said of the World Championship. “That’s the Holy Grail.”
He competed in the Ironman World Championships last year, but struggled.
“I have a couple more under my belt,” Hoffman said. “I beat a guy that placed 12th last year. Hopefully, I’ll put together a good race and be up there.”
He joined a triathlon club while he was a student at the University of Montana. Now living in Durango, Hoffman participated in a sprint triathlon in 2004. From there, he was hooked.
Hoffman, a 2002 Grand Junction High School graduate, became a full-time pro this year. He competed in his first Ironman competition in fall 2008.