In mid-February, 49-year-old professional triathlete Dede Griesbauer finished second overall at Ultraman Florida. The race covered a total distance of 321.6 miles around central Florida; each participant covered a 6.2 mile open water swim, a 263-mile bike ride, and a 52.4-mile ultra-marathon run. Day 1 consists of a 6.2-mile swim and 92-mile bike, Day 2 is a 171-mile bike, and Day 3 is a 52.4-mile run. Dede established a new race and world record. She now owns the women’s title and a new race record with a time of 22:48:31. Dede’s time was also the fastest ever turned in by a female at an Ultraman event. But the Florida Ultraman wasn’t the first highlight of Dede’s career. Since becoming a pro in 2005, she’s won 3 Ironman distance races. Dede is also a 3-time top-10 finisher in Kona and in 2009, was the top American finisher. Dede is the 2016 12-hour Time Trial World Champion, pedaling 258 miles in 12 hours. Today, at the age of 49, Dede is the oldest professional triathlete and still continues to compete at the highest level. I’ve had the pleasure of listening to Dede announce countless IRONMAN NOW events, so it was a really special experience to get to interview her after such a standout performance in Florida. I know Dede has a lot more where that came from, so I’m excited to see what she does next.