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Busy start to Ironman season for Bradley

Staff Reports Posted 1 May 2016 at 12:00 am

Contributed Photo – Scott Bradley in action at the New Orleans Ironman competition with his dad, Wes Bradley, at the right cheering him on.

Lyndonville native Scott Bradley has had a busy start to his Triathlon season with a lot of traveling.

He opened the season at the Ironman 70.3 Pan American Pro Championship in Panama.

Setting a goal of breaking the 4 hour mark, he had a personal best time of 27:27 in the 1.2 mile swim but then trouble struck during the 56 mile bike rise. Another rider pulled out in front of him with 13 miles to go causing him to crash. Fortunately he had no broken bones but the incident cost hime some 37 minutes before he was able to finish his ride.

He then competed in the half marathon (13.1 mile) run finishing 21st out of the 25 Male Pros and 80th overall out of 1,307 competitors in a total time of 4:43.03.

Next he competed in an Ironman 70.3 in Puerto Rico.

He had the 7th fastest time on the bike at 2:07.35 to move up to 16th place.

However after a hard push on the bike ride, he “hit the wall” during the half marathon run slipping four places to finish the overall competition 20th out of 24 Male Pros and 28th overall out of 1.351 competitors in a time of 4:25.32.

Then, after getting his cracked bike frame replaced and allowing a hamstring injury to heal, he competed in an Ironman 70.3 in New Orleans.

The bike again proved to be his strong point as he posted the 5th fastest time of the day at 2:07.14 and moved him up to 14th place.

His half marathon run time of 1:26.12 allowed him to maintain his 14th place finish among the 22 Male Pros and 15th overall out of 1,297 competitors in a time of 4:11.39.

Next up will be the challenge of competitions on successive weekends, the Ironman 7.3 Raleigh on June 5 and the Ironman 70.3 Eagleman the following week.