Texas native and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong was one of the competitors in this year’s Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3 Texas in Galveston on Sunday. Armstrong, however did not walk away as a winner. Armstrong was one of 2,500 competitors at this year’s triathlon which began at 7:00 A.M. Competitors began with a 1.2-mile swim followed by a 56-mile bike course along the gulf. They ended the competition with a 13.1-mile run through Moody Gardens.
After the award ceremony that was held at 4:00 P.M. Sunday afternoon,Tim O’Donnell and Kelly Williamson, both of the USA, took first place for the men and women. O’Donnell crossed the finish line in 3:47:40 with Williamson’s time at 4:13:27. Armstrong finished seventh in Sunday’s competition.
The finish line officially closed at 5:05P.M. Sunday afternoon. The winner of the event receives a total prize purse of $65,000 as well as a reported 30 coveted slots to the 2012 Ironman World Championship 70.3, taking place September 9 at Lake Las Vegas.
Listen to how Armstrong discusses his performance and progress as a professional athlete on Sunday: