Amputee’s 18-hour ordeal in Ironman triathlon: ‘One of the highlights of my life’

(Photo via NBC Bay Area)

When Jeff Schmidt completed the Ironman triathlon in Hawaii earlier this fall, crossing that finish line after nearly 18 hours on the course meant more than just the end of a race. It signified a positive highlight in a long physical and emotional battle the San Jose, Calif. resident has faced for over a decade.