Get to Know our 2018 Team Colorado Kona Athletes

PAUL DAUBER

*What kind of bike do you ride? Ventum One (special blue paint)

*Where did you qualify for the Ironman World Championships? Ironman AZ

*How many Ironman races have you done? 15

*How many times have you raced Kona? 3X (including a DNF which I still can’t get over)

*What is your favorite non-race activity on the Big Island – if you have not been – what non-race activity are you most excited about? snorkeling with my kids (4 of them)

*What is your favorite bike training route? I live in east denver so i head out east towards 36/gun hill road and that area

*What is your favorite post workout/post race treat? peanut butter and ice cream

*What was one unexpected occurrence on your path to Kona? I just moved to denver a year ago so everything about training at high altitude blows me away

*Who do you think will win the pro men’s and women’s races this year? I wish I could be less boring but Daniella Ryff and Jan Frodeno

 

SANDI WIEBE

*What kind of bike do you ride? Ride QR PR5 black/red

*Where did you qualify for the Ironman World Championships? Qualified at Ironman Los Cabos last November

*How many Ironman races have you done? I’ve completed 33 ironman races

*How many times have you raced Kona? This is my 14th trip to Kona with 13 finishes; had to drop last year on bike due to kidney stone, couldn’t ride in the “fetal” position.

*What is your favorite non-race activity on the Big Island – if you have not been – what non-race activity are you most excited about? Enjoy snorkeling with spinner dolphins

*What is your favorite bike training route? Favorite bike training route is the serpentine ie Jay to 36, down neva 63rd, up nelson to 36 down st vrain to 75th up hygiene to 36 down to Ute hwy and back via 75th

*What was one unexpected occurrence on your path to Kona? Not being injured heading into Kona

*Who do you think will win the pro men’s and women’s races this year? I think Jan Frodeno and Daniela Ryf will win again, they’re looking strong this year, especially after World’s in South Africa.

A New World Marathon Record Almost Defies Description

Vernon Loeb for The Atlantic

We were packed into our corrals on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sunday morning, waiting to start the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon, when the announcement came: Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya had just set a new world marathon record across the world in Berlin. One of the thrills for me of running in Philadelphia and the other big half marathons and marathons is just being in the same race with world-class runners like Kipchoge, even though I usually only catch a glimpse of them at the start.

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge celebrates after winning the Berlin Marathon alongside a clock showing his World Record breaking time REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

Somewhere around mile 7 of my race along the Schuylkill River, I found myself marveling at what the great Kenyan distance runner, almost unquestionably the greatest marathoner ever, had just pulled off. He hadn’t just set a new marathon record; he’d shattered the old one by a minute and 18 seconds, running the fast Berlin course in 2:01:39.

Consider what that means: The 33-year-old Kipchoge, who is 5 foot 6 and weighs 115 pounds, had run 26 straight, blazingly fast, 4-minute and 38-second miles. I’ve always said of world-class marathon times like this that if I didn’t know it could be done, I wouldn’t believe it was possible to run that fast for that long. “It was a performance so far superior to anything we’ve seen before that comparing it to another marathon feels inadequate,” the running-news website LetsRun.com said of Kipchoge’s new record. “This was Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game in basketball, Usain Bolt’s 9.58 in the 100-meter dash.”

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Get to Know our Team Colorado Kona 2018 Athletes

SIMON BUTTERWORTH

*What kind of bike do you ride? Dimond, easy to spot, a beam bike

*Where did you qualify for the Ironman World Championships? Kona, won AG last year

*How many Ironman races have you done? 24

*How many times have you raced Kona? 13

*What is your favorite non-race activity on the Big Island – if you have not been – what non-race activity are you most excited about? Swimming in open water with the fish, and sometimes dolphins.

*What is your favorite bike training route? For a short high intensity workout the extreme south end of Alii Dr, all new road with wide shoulder and some hills that will get your attention.

*What is your favorite post workout/post race treat? A Guinness at Quinn’s (across the street from the King Kam) and ice cream at a new (last year) ice cream parlor behind Lava Java.

*What was one unexpected occurrence on your path to Kona? Started to develop arthritis in my joints in mid 40’s. Never dreamed I could complete a Marathon even after 4 years of short course racing. The knees somehow hang in there, just.

*Who do you think will win the pro men’s and women’s races this year? (Remember…we have several Colorado pros on our Team!) I would have to root for Rinni since I met her in Boulder when she first came here. And for similar reasons Matt Charbott who is a neighbor.

 

JEFF SANKOFF

*What kind of bike do you ride? Trek Speed Concept with a custom paint job. Quite distinctive. Black with red maple leaves cascading down the top and down tubes (I am Canadian in CO for 15 years)

*Where did you qualify for the Ironman World Championships? IM Boulder

*How many Ironman races have you done? 4

*How many times have you raced Kona? First timer!

*What is your favorite non-race activity on the Big Island – if you have not been – what non-race activity are you most excited about? I am a diver so I would have to say anything SCUBA related. After the race we are staying on the island for a week and taking our kids on a Manta dive and a dolphin swim. I am pretty excited for them to do both of these things. Since they have given so much for me to be able to race and train, I love to give them whatever experiences I can that will reward them for their sacrifices.

*What is your favorite bike training route? For TT riding I really love the stretch of road between Sedalia and Palmer Lake. For road riding and climbing I love to do a loop from Morrison up to Meyers Gulch to Turkey Creek to Bear Mountain then down to Evergreen and back to Morrison.

*What is your favorite post workout/post race treat? Probably ice cream. Though I don’t drink very much during training and race season so a cold beer gets in there after a race every once in a while and is very much enjoyed.

*What was one unexpected occurrence on your path to Kona? There isn’t just one! My road to Kona is a story unto itself that spans my 17 years in triathlon and began when I told the friend who introduced me to the sport “Are you nuts?! I am never going to do THAT race!!! (Hawaii)” And now, here I am.

*Who do you think will win the pro men’s and women’s races this year? (Remember…we have several Colorado pros on our Team!) I’m Canadian so I have to pull for my boy Lionel though it is likely not the smart choice. Similarly, I would love to see Lucy Charles breakthrough and win even though I know it will likely be the Swiss automaton yet again (Ryf).

Middaugh, Paterson win XTERRA Pan Am Championship

Josiah Middaugh from Eagle-Vail, Colorado and Lesley Paterson from Scotland captured the 15th annual XTERRA Pan American off-road triathlon elite titles on a beautiful morning at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah on Saturday, September 15, 2018.

It’s the third win in four years for Middaugh at this race, and the second in a row for Paterson. Both have now won the championship in Utah four times in their careers.

More than 500 athletes from 30 countries took part in the event, which was the culmination of a 12-stop series of off-road triathlons spanning South and Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Canada, and the U.S.

The challenge started with a one-mile swim in Pineview Reservoir (4,900-feet elevation), followed with an 18-mile mountain bike leg that climbed more than 3,000-feet to the top of Sardine Peak (7,300-feet elevation) and culminated with a 7-mile trail run featuring another 700-feet of climbing on trails in the Wasatch Range.

In the men’s elite race Middaugh came out of the water less than one-minute behind the leaders, took the lead from South Africa’s Bradley Weiss at about mile eight on the bike, and took the tape in 2:26:34. Weiss finished second in 2:30:32, and Sam Long from Boulder, Colorado was third in 2:31:18.

One of the race favorites, 2016 XTERRA World Champion Mauricio Mendez, had to drop out during the mountain bike section due to a broken saddle on his bike that couldn’t be repaired.

Brad Zoller had the fastest swim of the day, but Mendez was second out of the water and was charging hard on the bike. Branden Rakita was next, followed by Ian King, Brad Weiss, Karsten Madsen, and Middaugh, who interestingly, didn’t know Mendez was out of the race.

“Going up Wheeler, Brad Weiss was riding off the front and Karsten was riding really well,” said Middaugh. “I caught them both and couldn’t see Mauricio. I thought he was a good minute or two ahead of me up the trail. I thought I was having a really bad day.”

It wasn’t until after the bike-to-run transition that Middaugh realized he was in the lead.

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XTERRA Pan American Championship Elite Race Preview

More than 30 elites from around the world are scheduled to compete at the XTERRA Pan American / USA Championship race in Ogden, Utah next Saturday, September 15.

As the culmination of a 12-stop series of off-road triathlons spanning South and Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Canada, and the U.S., the contenders are coming from near and far, and with $80,000 in prize money at stake and cameramen capturing all the action for a nationally broadcast one-hour TV show, the stage is set for XTERRA’s best to show what they can do.

The story lines run deep in the men’s elite race, and the best one belongs to Bradley Weiss. The 29-year-old from South Africa, once the prodigy of XTERRA Hall of Famers Conrad Stoltz and Dan Hugo, has an opportunity to do something neither of his fellow countrymen ever did – win the continental Grand Slam of XTERRA.

“So far in 2018 I have won the XTERRA African Champs, XTERRA Asia-Pacific Champs, as well as most recently the XTERRA European Champs, so if I could win the Pan American Champs and hold all the continental titles in one calendar year, that would be pretty special,” said Weiss.

It would also be unprecedented, but to do it the reigning XTERRA World Champion will have to get past the 2016 XTERRA World Champion, Mauricio Mendez from Mexico, and the 2015 XTERRA World Champion, Josiah Middaugh from the U.S.

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Jan Frodeno Out of 2018 IRONMAN World Championship

Liz Hichens for Triathlete Magazine

Photo: Donald Miralle/Getty Images for Ironman

Two-time Ironman world champion Jan Frodeno of Germany announced on Wednesday that he will not be competing on the Big Island next month due to a stress fracture in his hip.

The announcement comes as a shock, as Frodeno just turned in an amazing performance at Sept. 2’s Ironman 70.3 World Championship to take the victory in an epic battle with Alistair Brownlee (GBR) and Javier Gomez (ESP).

“Certainly not how I hoped this season would end,” Frodeno announced on Instagram. “A stress fracture in my hip (SI joint)… The highs and lows of sport have never been so close for me- winning a world title last week and being sidelined for the season the next… Just a reminder to all of us that success never comes in a straight line… currently listening to Daft Punk- One More Time, so see you all next year 😉 #FrodosOut #Literally”

Read the full article on Triathlete.com.

Kick-Off to Kona 2018

By Bill Plock, Publisher/President of 303Endurance Network

KONA….It’s a powerful word, especially in the triathlon community. No other amateur event evokes the same recognition and credibility that comes with competing at the Ironman World Champions in Kona. 303Triathlon is excited to bring you 30 days of stories, athlete interviews, podcasts, pictures and of course up to the minute coverage of the race on October 13th.

It started 40 years ago. The stories and legends have many Colorado ties. The “Iron Wars” between Boulder’s Dave Scott and Mark Allen, come to mind. The last American male to win at Kona, Tim DeBoom resides in Boulder as well.

This year, 38 amateurs and nine pro’s from Colorado will compete and we plan to bring you their stories and share the experience overall. We have many coaches, industry leaders and personalities we hope to catch up with on the Big Island and give you their insights and why’s.

Colorado has a strong pro field. Ben Hoffman, a native growing up in Grand Junction finished second a couple of years ago has aims at the podium. As does new (ish) mom, Mirinda Carfrae (3x World Champion) and her husband Tim O’Donnell along with Tyler Butterfield, Matt Chrabot, Kirsty Jahn, Lesley Smith, Tim Don and Andy Potts.

As amateurs, Colorado has more per capita athletes than any state and the third most overall. We will share stories from athletes such as Diana Hassel and Simon Butterworth who will defend their titles as best in the world in their age groups along with those from others vying to meet their goals and make their Kona dreams come true.

We have an exciting list of sponsors who make this coverage possible; Infinit Nutrition, Couer Sports and Boulder’s Base Performance will be at our side. 303 will have five people, all Ironman Finishers bring you “boots on the ground” coverage; Bill Plock, Khem Suthiwan, Rich Soares, Kim Welk and Alison Freeman.

You will find part of our 303Triathlon page dedicated to Kona coverage and please like us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for even more. Our hope is to bring you behind the scenes, introduce you to some remarkable people, companies and organizations all celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Ironman World Championships!

 

Madeline McKeever, of Denver, Captures Women’s Age Group Title at 2018 IM 70.3 Worlds

NELSON MANDELA BAY, South Africa (Sept. 7, 2018) – Madeline McKeever, 31, of Denver, Colorado captured the world championship title in the women’s 30-34 age-group at the 2018 Isuzu IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship triathlon in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa on Saturday, September 1. Approximately 1,600 women were registered to compete in Nelson Mandela Bay as the Isuzu IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship came to the African continent for the first time.

Photo credit: FinisherPix

McKeever completed the 2018 Isuzu IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship event in 04:36:56 (swim: 32:41; bike: 02:32:15; run: 01:25:11), beating out the top athletes in her age group. The race encompassed a 1.2-mile (1.9 km) swim that started at King’s Beach and proceeded with an open-water swim in the Indian Ocean, followed by a one-loop, 56-mile (90 km) bike course that took athletes around the Nelson Mandela Bay area. The event capped off with a two-lap, 13.1-mile (21 km) run as athletes finished to energetic crowds at Hobie Beach.

The two-day Isuzu IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship saw approximately 4,500 registered athletes from 48 U.S. States and 102 countries, regions and territories compete in this world-renowned event, marking the largest field of any IRONMAN or IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon to-date. Athletes ranged in age from 18 to 78. The world championship event is the culmination of over 100 global events in the IRONMAN 70.3 series where more than 185,000 age-group athletes vied for slots to compete in the 2018 Isuzu IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship. Qualification is already underway for the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship which will rotate to Nice, France.

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Ashley Horner reluctantly puts Ironman challenge on hold after medical scare

By Kelaine Conochan | Aug 21, 2018
Special to espnW

The mission was clear: complete 50 Ironman-distance triathlons in 50 days to raise money for an orphanage in Haiti. But Friday, four days into her Woman of Iron challenge, Ashley Horner stopped.

from espnW

She had already completed her 2.4-mile swim that morning and transitioned to her bike. Feeling nauseous 10 miles into the 112-mile ride, Horner unclipped and dismounted from her bike on the side of a Delaware road, where she proceeded to vomit. “I think I puked like five times. Uncontrollably. It was everything I had in me,” she said.

Accompanied by her coach, Alex Viada, who had been riding with her for the first lap, Horner got back on her bike, hoping it was just nerves or something not settling right in her stomach. But when they made it back to the YMCA in Dover, Delaware, the staging area for the day, Viada recommended that Horner get medically evaluated to ensure she was fit to continue with the rest of the bike ride and the marathon. Paramedics on site at the YMCA performed an evaluation of Horner’s vitals before recommending she head to the hospital.

“It is so frustrating because aside from the dehydration factors, I felt fine. I didn’t have any soreness whatsoever in my muscles,” she said. “There’s a good chance that I started behind [on nutrition and hydration] and never got ahead of it.”

When Horner arrived in the emergency room, she was treated for severe dehydration and given a blood screening. She received intravenous fluids for six hours, then left the ER, sent Viada the results of her blood test, ate a pizza, and got a full night of sleep.

“I woke up the next day [Saturday] and felt amazing. I got in the pool and swam my 2.4 miles, then met with Alex,” Horner said. Her intention was to start the Delaware leg from scratch and push on.

Viada was in a different camp.

The blood screening revealed that Horner was suffering from both hyponatremia, a low concentration of sodium in her blood, and rhabdomyolysis, a condition in which a muscle releases a protein pigment called myoglobin into the bloodstream, which can lead to kidney damage. The conditions would not only jeopardize her body for this challenge, but they could be life-threatening if untreated.

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