Holy his conditioning must be second to none then. I've always contemplated about doing it. For me it would be about finishing it not caring if I was last or not.
9 mile swim
100 mile bike
26 mile run
True Story. The very first winner of the Iron Man triathalon would have been a Navy Seals operative. Unfortunately for him his crew ran out of water in the last stretch so they gave him beer instead. He ended up finishing second...lolz!