FOLLOWUP: He did it! 17-year-old Herman Meyer’s ‘solo Ironman’ triathlon

As previewed here Friday, 17-year-old West Seattle High School senior Herman Meyer spent his Saturday swimming, biking, and running a “solo Ironman” triathlon. Family and friends posted as-it-happened updates and photos in the comment thread of the original report, but in case you weren’t following along, he finished in just over 16 and a half hours. Herman’s mom Katherine Meyer reported, “He started just after 8 am and finished strong at 12:40 am! He had to dig deep, and he did.” The day began with more than 2 miles of swimming off Alki:

Then 112 miles of bicycling (in loops around West Seattle):

And finally a marathon run:

That’s friend Riley Nachtrieb running with Herman, in a photo by Riley’s dad Erik Nachtrieb. In her preview of Herman’s “solo Ironman,’ published here Friday, Riley explained that Herman’s feat was simply out of personal motivation – “purely driven by his determination.”

33 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: He did it! 17-year-old Herman Meyer's 'solo Ironman' triathlon"

  • Emily W September 26, 2021 (4:36 pm)

    Congrats Herman! You’re an inspiration!

  • Denise September 26, 2021 (4:41 pm)

    Amazing. Great job!

  • annaeileen September 26, 2021 (5:08 pm)

    Congratulations!!! I am out of state but checked in to see how he did. What an accomplishment, way to go young man!!!

  • amrakx September 26, 2021 (5:10 pm)

    Congratulations on challenging yourself and winning!

  • Madeline September 26, 2021 (5:31 pm)

    Great job Herman!! That certainly was a huge feat to undertake and must have taken months of preparation. Well done! I am so impressed by your commitment and determination to do this! Weren’t you so fortunate that there was no rain yesterday, however, you earn extra points for swimming in such cold water! You are an inspiration to all that know you did this I’m sure!

  • StopCuttingDownTrees September 26, 2021 (5:36 pm)

    He’s amazing. I walked 1/2 mile to Safeway yesterday. I’m exhausted despite months of training.

  • Mj September 26, 2021 (5:55 pm)

    Mission accomplished, congratulations.  

  • Marty2 September 26, 2021 (6:11 pm)

    Way to go Herman! Congratulations!

  • OneTimeCharley September 26, 2021 (6:35 pm)

    Way to go Big H! Impressive as all get out.

  • R September 26, 2021 (6:39 pm)

    Wow! A 17 year old who is up and out the door at 8 am! The other stuff is amazing, but you started by winning the day.

  • GShepherd September 26, 2021 (6:58 pm)

    Congratulations Herman!  You have a wonderful future ahead of you with that kind of determination!

  • Neighborhood joe September 26, 2021 (7:14 pm)

    Impressive. Nice work, Herman! 

  • BRN September 26, 2021 (7:19 pm)

    I was totally obsessed by Herman’s journey and ACCOMPLISHMENT! Way to go and thank you!!

  • ACG September 26, 2021 (7:25 pm)

    Wow!  What an accomplishment!!  Congratulations!

  • HS September 26, 2021 (7:40 pm)

    So inspiring! But also, I think it’s amazing that you could complete all the events in WS. I don’t know why I find that so amazing but I do. Awesome job Herman 👏👏👏👏⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Bonnie September 26, 2021 (8:03 pm)

    Good job! I am impressed!

  • Karen September 26, 2021 (8:15 pm)

    WOW!!  👏👏INSPIRING, 🏊‍♀️🚴🏃‍♂️ Bravo

  • jissy September 26, 2021 (8:42 pm)

    Herman:  thank you for inspiring a very overweight, tired and discouraged old lady to keep moving!  I always wanted to attempt just a 1/2 Ironman in my younger years after watching the AMAZING Ironman story of Dick and Ricky Hoyt that I stumbled on on a rainy day on my one weekend off in 3 months back in oh…. 1998/99??  The weekend left me in tears and determined to do more and appreciate my able body.  You should be VERY proud of yourself.  

  • TM September 26, 2021 (9:05 pm)

    Sick! Nice rally

  • Curtis September 26, 2021 (10:54 pm)

    Way to go Herman!  Very inspiring…

  • Flip September 26, 2021 (11:17 pm)

    Simply awesome Herman!

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  • Scubafrog September 27, 2021 (12:44 am)

    Great job!!  Incredible.

  • Brian Hughes September 27, 2021 (5:58 am)

    Nice work!  Way to pull off something huge. Remember to turn in your timing chip. ;-)

  • Mark B September 27, 2021 (6:00 am)

    Congratulations on an awesome accomplishment, not just Saturday but also for all of the hard work that led up to that day!

  • Graciano September 27, 2021 (6:30 am)

    Congrats Herman! 

  • anonyme September 27, 2021 (7:00 am)

    Kudos, Herman!  You’re an inspiration to not take our bodies for granted, and to embrace a challenge.

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  • Regina September 27, 2021 (9:23 am)

    You are an inspiration to us all. Keep up the good work!

  • Sunflower September 27, 2021 (9:32 am)

    Rad! So what’s next? :)

  • Jane L September 27, 2021 (8:46 pm)

    So INSPIRING and SOOO Impressive!!!

  • MALOU September 28, 2021 (10:26 am)

    Great job Buddy!!

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