Triathlon Taren

The Iron Cowboy James Lawrence on the 50-50-50 Ironman Ep.003

In this podcast Triathlon Taren and No Triathlon Kim interview James Lawrence who’s better known as The Iron Cowboy.

The Iron Cowboy is not a professional triathlete, he’s an age group triathlete who holds some of the greatest long distance triathlon records in the world.  In 2010 James broke the world record for the number of half-ironman triathlons completed in a single season, in 2012 he broke the same record but in full ironman triathlons, then in 2015 he did the unthinkable completing 50 Ironman distance triathlons, in 50 States, in 50 consecutive days.

In the interview the Iron Cowboy talks about how he found out he had a knack for endurance sports, how his first running races left him in a wheelchair, and how he was able to endure the physical challenges and actually get faster throughout completing the 50-50-50.

Topics discussed in the podcast interview:

Iron Cowboy Website 

Iron Cowboy Book

3 Comments
  1. Wow.
    Unbelievable accomplishment.
    Unthinkable mission, but clearly attached to many lessons and great tips to follow.
    I loved the emphasis on the fundamentals.
    Awesome interview.
    Thanks Taren and NTK!

    1. Yeah, he’s an awesome guy. It’s probably one of the most intense endurance accomplishments every in my opinion, and I love how he’s taking a step back to short course.

  2. I love the interview. I like the Iron Cowboy’s personality and I really enjoyed listening to it. I have to say that I did feel like criticized for signing up for an Ironman 70.3 as my first triathlon (although I just did an Olympic as practice for the 70.3). I think that before we criticize people we need to understand that not everyone is looking to finish in the top 10 or even top 100 for bigger races. There are many people like myself that do it for the accomplishment even if that means being the last one. Just as long as we cross that finish line and know of what we are capable to do, that’s a great thing, better than not wanting to do it at all. But anyway, great interview.