Thousands of people packed into the Woodloands over the weekend for the Texas Ironman competition. The big event attracted dozens of athletes from all over the world including Japan and Mexico. My hat goes off to the participants who spent from 6 am to midnight competing in the Saturday sports event. So what did they have to do? Here's a description that will just make you tired reading it: Athletes will begin with a 2.4-mile swim in Lake Woodlands. Next is a 112-mile bike course that will take participants west through the scenic, rolling farmland of east Texas. The day ends with a 26.2-mile run course entirely within The Woodlands that concludes with a spectacular finish on Market Street. Congratulations to those who competed and completed the grueling challenge!