FROM: Fort Gordon
OCCUPATION: Garrison commander, Fort Gordon
EXPERIENCE: A lifelong runner, Anderson wanted to try something different. So in June he competed in a full Ironman competition in Couer D’Alene, Idaho. Anderson finished in 13 hours, 48 minutes and 51 seconds.
“It was phenomenal,” he said. “It was the accomplishment of my life.”
On Aug. 8, he started his new position at Fort Gordon after being stationed the previous 10 years in Fort Bragg, N.C. Anderson said he signed up late for the intermedix Ironman 70.3 Augusta, because he was unsure of his schedule and if he’d be able to compete.
“Ironman puts on a phenomenal race,” he said. “But I’ve also heard the community here is such a huge supporter. When you’re out there on the course, that means a lot.”
GAME PLAN: Anderson said he has a specific time goal set for the competition. Now it’s just a matter of hitting it.
“Anything under six hours and I’ll be happy,” he said. “But 5:45 is the goal.”
He said he just wants to get through the swim anyway possible. Then after a steady bike ride, Anderson said he plans to run the first six miles “pain free.” After that, he plans to kick it up.