Colorado Athletes on Maui: Dallow & Klawitter

Kurt Dallow

My name is Kurt Dallow and I’m in the 65-69 yo age group and will be competing at the Xterra World championship in Maui in a few weeks. This is my second trip- my family and I made a great vacation out of our last trip to the World’s Championship 6 years ago. Then, I was lucky to get in on the lottery. It was an incredible experience racing with some of the world’s best triathletes in a beautiful setting.

 

This year I qualified through perseverance​. I competed at the Mountain States championship held in Beaver Creek, CO this year. Three miles into the bike leg, I had mechanical problems and pushed my bike the remainder of the bike leg. I was able to get support at the last aid station on the bike course and made it in just before the cut off time.

When you are in the 65-69 year age group, the numbers competing are less, so while placing a distant 3rd, the world’s spot rolled down to me. If I had DNFed – No Maui trip!

I have raced triathlons now for over 20 years and in the last 5-10 years have done mainly off road triathlons like Xterra. I am a sports medicine physician so my training time is limited Xterra meets my need to compete as I age.

My wife Cindy and I, now coach endurance athletes and provide both nutritional coaching and sports medicine advice. You can find us at  2Doc tri coaching

 


Lukus Klawitter

 

I am a Professor of Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics at Adams State University in Alamosa Colorado. Adams State is a small Division II University in southern Colorado sitting just above 7,500ft in elevation. I was born and raised in Minnesota and moved to Colorado five years ago to complete my Master’s degree in Sport Physiology.


This is my second year racing Xterra triathlon. I grew up running and always saved time to ride a bicycle. I was becoming extra fond of mtn bike racing after my move to Colorado, when a friend told me about Xterra, combining mtn biking and running after surviving a swim
sounded like fun. My first year of Xterra I raced two races, Xterra Beaver Creek and the Xterra World Championships. I qualified for Worlds at Beaver Creek through a roll over position. I didn’t feel as if I deserved the trip but didn’t want to end the season so soon. I am glad I went because it really fueled me for taking this year current serious and bettering myself in the sport.

This year I had a full race schedule planned from the end of May to the Xterra World Championships if I was able to qualify straight up. However, at the end of May I suffered a stress fracture in a metatarsal of my foot which put me in the pool and off the bike and out of the running shoes for eight weeks. This ended my entire summer race schedule.

I was able to maintain some fitness swimming and push the limits of my rehab to be ready for Xterra Fruita the weekend before Xterra Pan Ams. I had great outings in both races wining the open male category at Fruita and winning my age group at Pan Ams where I qualified for this year’s world championships where I am very excited to bring my current fitness and see what I can do.

My goal for Xterra Worlds is to mix it up in my age group and place high in the amateur rankings. I am really excited to get back on the mtn bike course hoping for little to no rain this year.

Colorado Athletes on Maui: André Szucs

Andre was born missing his leg below-the-knee and has dedicated much of his personal and professional time to improving the quality of life for amputees. He is no amateur to extreme sports after completing the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona and the Xterra World Championships. Andre’s “surfer” mentality and demeanor keeps him level headed throughout the grueling ups and downs of this mountain biking journey.’

 

Excerpt below from xterraplanet.com

Andre Szucs, a below-the-knee amputee, has been overcoming adversity his entire life. So much so, he says “basically, I came to the conclusion that I am no different than anyone else out there, like everybody I am just exploring my physical limits…not to be confused with physical limitations because of an amputation, that’s not how I handle my life.”

“I thought I knew myself enough to consider that I was “fully capable” but I always had that unfortunate feeling that I could not run off-road.  This fear was always surrounding me that I could hurt myself and it could be bad for my knee and nothing could change that.”

2017 Leadville Trail 100MTB

 

“It was a benchmark in my life and a whole new perspective on how far I could go. I am so excited to start this journey and I know there is so much room for improvement, especially on my prosthesis for running.”

Szucs second XTERRA was at the USA Champs, where he finished 3rd in the PC division and earned a qualifying spot into the XTERRA World Championship.

“Lesson learned,” said Szucs.  “Don’t be afraid to be happy. When asking ourselves if we can do something…before answering, go and TRY FIRST!”

Colorado Athletes on Maui: Benny Smith

My name is Benny Smith and I’m 17 years old. I did my first tri when I was 6 and started getting serious with training at like 13. I definitely started doing them because of my dad.

 

This will be my second year going to the Xterra World Championships. I qualified at Xterra Beaver Creek. I’m currently ranked 1st in the country for 19 and under which is pretty sick and I’m grateful to get so many sweet opportunities. I love climbing when cycling and running and I get STOKED when I’m way in the mountains/ocean and snowboarding in waist deep pow!!

Vixxen Racing looking for 2018 Project Feisty Ambassadors

Our Find Your Feisty initiative has been so successful and we love seeing all the women grow and develop as athletes. As a result, Vixxen Racing is introducing Project Feisty as a new initiative for 2018. We are looking for women everywhere to join the Vixxen family and show off their Feisty Side.

As a member of Project Feisty, we hope you contribute to your local training groups and triathlon community, serving as ambassadors to women and sharing the mission of Vixxen.

We are looking for women who strive to be competitive athletes, but mostly we want women competitive within themselves; women racing to be their best selves!

 

The only requirement for Project Feisty is that you embody the Vixxen mission! You will get you access to:

  • Peer-to-peer mentorship from the members of Vixxen Racing
  • A monthly newsletter highlighting all things Vixxen and the issues facing women athletes
  • A great lineup of partners and sponsors including but not limited to: EK Endurance Coaching, Base Performance, Roka, and Zealios Skin Care
  • A Project Feisty Performance Kit including: T-shirt, hat and your choice of cycling or triathlon kit
  • Invitation to select Vixxen racing summits, training sessions, and camps
  • Access to the Project Feisty community

 

Applications are due Monday October 23rd.

Complete details and application HERE

Colorado Athletes on Maui: Ryan McMullen

 

This is my 5th season in Xterra and this will be my 2nd trip to the World Championship. I qualified at Beaver Creek (3rd amateur overall) and at the Pan American Championship in Utah (3rd in age group). I have had a very rewarding season and I’m excited to cap things off in HI.

This is the 5 year benchmark of my racing and has had me reminiscing a lot lately. I started this journey with almost no experience in any of the disciplines of triathlon. I grew up riding BMX bikes around the neighborhood, I took a few swim lessons as a kid, and I ran cross country for a couple of years in high school to hang out with the girls. However, I have always had a strong drive to be active and for most of my life basketball was an outlet and a passion of mine. I poured myself into that sport and I’m very grateful for what it gave me in return, but basketball is tough on your body and eventually I had to look for another outlet. At the same time I was struggling with some old lifestyle habits that were essentially killing me both physically and emotionally.

 

 

The turning point for me was this very clear moment when I realized that my two little girls weren’t going to have their dad around for very much longer if I wasn’t willing to change who I was and what I was doing. So I started making some small positive changes and the momentum just grew, as did the void. Then I remember watching one of the nationally broadcasted Xterra shows and the seed was planted. With absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into, I quickly signed up for an off-road triathlon in Lakewood, CO called “Battle the Bear”. At the time I had no idea what I was doing. I was 40 lbs. overweight, I could barely swim, I couldn’t seem to keep the rubber side of the bike down, and the run just flat out hurt; but I finished, and I found a new passion.

Update from Matt Russell

From Matt’s Instagram: (@mattrusselltri)

Feeling very grateful today. God truly gave me another chance in life.
I have my family, I can walk, the sharpness of my mind is starting to come back. I am physically and very emotionally hurt and shaken up but thankful for so many things. You can not see in the photo but I have stitches on the side of my neck over 7 inches long which was life threatening. Thank you for all of the people that were at the scene that quickly responded to me as I would not be here if it wasn’t for you. Always nice to have my friend and now Ironman World Champ @PatrickLange come visit me. Congrats to all on the day and remember each day truly is a gift from God. Thank you all for the support and even donating. I’m sure everyone has lots of questions but right now I’m going to spend my time with my family and recovering. I’ll try keep everyone updated on this as much as I can. Each day is truly a gift from God.

UPDATE: Hiker dies of snake bite was an IRONMAN athlete

Photo provided by Daniel Hohs’ blog Activeperformance.org

Original Story by The DenverPost

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Daniel Hohs, who died Saturday after being bitten on the ankle by a rattlesnake while hiking on a Jefferson County trail, was an endurance athlete who used his training to help manage his bipolar disorder.

Hohs, 31, had just moved to Golden from Steamboat Springs.

He became an Ironman when he completed his first full-distance race in Louisville, Kentucky in August 2014.

Hohs had been training with Heather Gollnick’s IronEdge triathlon team in Steamboat Springs.

“Dan was so vibrant,” Gollnick said. “He had this huge smile and this energy that just made you happy. It was contagious to everyone.”

In October 2014, Hohs wrote an essay titled “How Endurance Sports Saved My Life” for the website activeperformance.org.

The Chicago-area native struggled with depression while attending the University of Michigan and was admitted to an inpatient psychiatric facility, where he had a major manic episode that left him sleepless for three days. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Read the entire story here

Original post on 303cycling
https://303cycling.com/hiker-dies-after-rattlesnake-bite-at-mt-galbraith-in-golden/

 

Matt Russell Update

From Slowtwitch

Fellow American pro Jesse Thomas was riding behind Matt Russell and witnessed the accident.

“He had just caught me about 5-10 min before and was in front of me heading back into town from Mauna Lani at that first intersection that leads to Waikoloa,” said Thomas to Slowtwitch. “Tailwind section, haven’t looked but I’m guessing we were going well over 30mph, he was pushing hard. I saw a truck start to cross the intersection and thought, ‘that’s cutting it way too close’, then the next moment a van pulled out behind the truck to try to cross as well. It looked like the crossing guard was animated in some way, either trying to wave the van quickly through or trying to get it to stop, but I couldn’t tell what was happening in the brief moments it all went down. I sat up immediately and yelled “oh fuck!” Matt saw it too and sat up and hit his brakes but had probably less than a second to do so and the van was too wide to miss from his angle. He went straight into the side of it nearly full speed. Super loud crash, looked like bike parts shattering, etc…

Read the full story

UPDATE from Triathlete Magazine:

Matt Russell’s wife, Gillian has shared this statement on Matt’s condition with us:

At this time, Matt remains in the hospital and he is getting the care he desperately needs.

Since the accident, Matt has had multiple procedures and surgeries to address the life threatening injuries he suffered Saturday.

While Matt is resting more comfortably than yesterday we are not out of the woods yet as Matt’s doctors remain concerned with the magnitude and severity of his concussion and vascular injuries.

Matt loves to race and I know he will want to get back when he’s able. However, it’s way too early to know if and when that may happen.

At this point we just want Matt home. Home with me and his newborn son – it’s going to take months of intense rehab to get him prepared for everyday life – and frankly the sooner we can get started the better.

2017 IRONMAN World Championships Kona – Bill Plock’s Tri Hearter Recap

BEN HOFFMAN

By Bill Plock

I’m struggling to know what to share with you. There is so much. So much. Joy. Triumph. Sadness. Perseverance. Grit. Guts. Tenacity. The list is super long!

The results of the Ironman World Championships are not measured by a clock, or a place on a podium or by a Garmin. They are measured by smiles, tears and hugs. By racing and watching this race, we make huge deposits in the experience bank of our souls that serve us later in life.

Colorado’s Vicki Derrick and Jamie Twedt

It’s hard to share an epic event like this without using a cliche. I need to remember that to “narrow your focus broadens your appeal” and as one of the eyes and ears of 303triathlon, my “job” is to share with you and try to find relativity in this ocean of stories. Imagine you are on the pier and 2,400 boats appear on the horizon intending to land. Each one from a different place, maybe a different continent, maybe even from a country you didn’t know existed. Each boat carries stories and dreams and some are captained alone but most come with a crew. But they all have one goal. To finish.

Being in Kona for race week is like being on a captive island of history and tradition drawing these boats in like a compass faces north. The triathlon world focuses here for the week. Even if the Ironman distance is not your race of choice, the challenge of the sport clearly radiates here. Experts and those in the industry greet all of these boats, and in our case meeting legends like Bob Babbitt and Mike Reilly to share the history and meaning of this race just make the landing that much richer.

D3 Multisport’s Simon Butterworth, on his way to winning his age group

I encourage you to listen to those interviews to gain a true perspective on what happens here and what HAS happened here. What I have learned, and continue to learn each time I am here, is that to know the history, and to respect the race is essential to understand its epic nature.

With the focus on Colorado and our saturation of this race with 54 athletes toeing the line we have a lot share—and a lot to be thankful for. It feels like family. With all those boats landing and people scurrying everywhere, to latch on to a familiar smile, to know just a few stories is like finding a life preserver in rough unknown waters.

303 Ambassador Todd Plymale-Mallory encourages Andy Potts

We at 303 see ourselves as a bridge to you. A place where you can see what happens when your friends and loved ones landed here with 2,346 other athletes. Yes some came here to win it all, and our local pro, Andy Potts, was the first American across the line. We in Colorado have a lot to be proud of.

The other 53 athletes persevered. We tried to share moments of each of their journeys and for any we may have missed, it wasn’t for lack of trying. And you made Colorado proud and it was such an honor to share your journey with our readers and subscribers a few thousand miles away. Even with technology of instant connectivity, it’s the intangible flow of like-minded energy and a love of this sport and a love of every journey we encountered, that hopefully rushed at the speed of light into your hearts. We hope you felt what we did, and sharing that and feeling such a wonderful community in Colorado at the “Super Bowl” of triathlon is what makes being at this race epic.

Be proud 303 Nation. We have the most amazing triathlon community in the world.