Mike racks up 10th Ironman

Netherby butcher Mike Hanson competing at the recent Ironman World Championships.

Super fit butcher Mike Hanson has now knocked off 10 Ironman races and is eyeing up Hawaii later this year as his swan song.

Mike, who is 51, competed at last month’s Ironman World Championships in Utah, USA and finished 85th place from 303 athletes in his 50-54 year age group category.

His time for the gruelling 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and 42.2km run was 12 hours 22 minutes and 33 seconds.

Mike qualified to compete after a good performance at the Taupo Ironman in March 2020, but covid interruptions have prevented him taking to the start line earlier.

“It’s good to have finally done the race after two years of contemplating it and I’m pretty happy with how things went.”

Utah was hot and around 33 deg. C, and the course was hillier than his previous races.

“It was definitely my hardest Ironman to date,” Mike said.

While in Utah he caught up with professional triathlete and former Methven man Braden Currie, who finished third in the race.

Mike has previously competed twice in Ironman in Australia and at seven Taupo events.

“I’m not getting any younger and I always said that my aim was to knock off 10 Ironman races before packing it in – I’ve done that now.”

But with his determined nature and competitive streak, he is now considering a final Ironman test in Kona, Hawaii in October.”

“Kona is the home of the original Ironman event and it would be the perfect place to bow out,” he said.

There was still a lot to consider, including the management of his Netherby butchery business, his training and fitness schedule and other logistics.

“We’re coming into winter now, so getting out there and training is going to be tough.”

Mike usually trains locally with other triathletes, including mate John-Henry MacDonald, and swims are typically held in irrigation ponds.

Run and bike training takes him around Canterbury including the Mid Canterbury foothills and river trails.