Quick Notes from Today’s IRONMAN Pre-Race Press Conference and Pro Panel

The 303Triathlon team attending this morning’s pre-race press briefing. Here are some snippets from the introduction by IRONMAN CEO Andrew Messick and the pro panel that followed.

Highlights from Andrew Messick’s “State of IRONMAN”:

The next location for the 70.3 World Championship race was announced! Taupo, New Zealand in November of 2020.

2018 is shaping up to be IRONMAN’s best year ever, with 225,000 unique athletes participating events around the globe – up 10% from 2017.

IRONMAN’s 2018 partnership with Facebook has allowed them to create a bigger, broader broadcast platform with live coverage of many races, including 20 hours of live coverage, from 4 am to 1 am, for Saturday’s world championship race.

2019 will feature 41 full-distance IRONMAN races and 117 70.3s, with new races in Oman, Greece, Russia, and India.

Highlights from the pros:

Javier Gomez is excited to get out of his comfort zone in his first go at Kona. As for his expectations for Sunday, he said: “the race will put me in my place.”

Mirinda Carfrae and Tim O’Donnell both mentioned their daughter Izzy, born just over a year ago, when discussing this year’s race. Rinny has been “pleasantly surprised” with how her season has gone after coming back after giving birth and she’s excited to see how she measures up against the new talent in the sport. Tim acknowledged that he was mentally and emotionally drained at last year’s race, which was only a few weeks after Izzy’s birth; as for this year, he said he’s not phased by pressure to be the next American to win Kona: “it’s not the result, it’s the process.”

Sebastian Kienle, who won in 2014, said he’s motivated more by his disappointing finish last year: “there is nothing more dangerous to success in the future than success in the past.”

The panel concluded with a few questions from the audience. Noah Aldrich (12) asked the first question. Noah has completed 17 triathlons in tandem with his brother, Lucas (10), who suffers from a rare neurological condition called lissencephaly, and asked the pros what advice they would give to a young triathlete who hopes to one day be a pro. Patrick Lange advised him to have “fun, fun, fun” with the sport, and said to Noah, “it’s not that we’re inspiring you, you’re inspiring us.”

More than anything, I was struck by the friendship and camaraderie evident among the pros as they entered and concluded the panel. While they are clearly fierce competitors on the course, there is obvious respect and fellowship between them as well.

IRONMAN World Championship Features 20 Hours of Live Race Day Coverage

From IRONMAN (Oct. 8, 2018) – IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holdings company, is excited to announce unprecedented global coverage from the Island of Hawai`i for the 2018 IRONMAN® World Championship brought to you by Amazon. This year as IRONMAN celebrates 40 Years of Dreams, nearly 20 hours of live coverage is scheduled and will be available through NBCSN, NBC and NBCSports.com in the United States and globally on www.facebook.com/IRONMANNow. Beginning in the early morning hours with athlete body marking, the dynamic coverage will take viewers through the male and female professional races and all the way through the event’s final finisher just after midnight.

“There is no better way to celebrate IRONMAN’s 40th Anniversary and the amazing achievements of our athletes from around the world than with coverage that takes viewers inside the action,” said Matthieu Van Veen, Chief Revenue Officer for IRONMAN. “As we celebrate this important milestone in our history, we are proud to be able to work with premiere global media companies to give an unprecedented look inside the pinnacle event of endurance sports.”

Coverage for the 2018 IRONMAN World Championship brought to you by Amazon triathlon begins Tuesday, October 9 with daily live shows at 2 p.m. ET from the Island of Hawai`i, running through race day on www.facebook.com/IRONMANNow. The daily coverage will bring the global audience to the island with behind-the-scenes access to the athlete preparation, interviews with professional athletes, age groupers, legends of the sport as well as presentations of the legendary course and event

The IRONMAN World Championship brought to you by Amazon will be broadcast in the USA through the various platforms of NBC Sports including the live start of the race on NBCSN on Saturday, October 13 from 12:30-2:00 p.m. ET with live reports airing on NBCSB and NBC throughout race day and the live race coverage on NBCSports.com. A full race highlight program will air on NBCSN, Sunday, October 14 from 12:00-1:00 a.m. ET and 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET.

The IRONMAN Now channel on Facebook Watch will provide 20 hours of live coverage on race day.

  • The live body marketing show will air from 10:40-11:40 a.m. ET, and will feature a fully-produced, “red carpet” event as athletes prepare for their race. Paula Newby-Fraser, 8x IRONMAN World Champion will join IRONMAN World Champion Greg Welch, 3x IRONMAN Champion Michael Lovato and IRONMAN Europe Commentator Paul Kaye to capture the tension and excitement of this unique element of our sport.
  • Live in-depth race coverage will begin at 12:10 p.m. ET. and continue through the male and female professional races.
  • Coverage will continue at 5:20am ET on Sunday, October 14, with the Finish Line Party, an inspiring celebration of the IRONMAN World Championship as the 2018 crowned champions will come back to the celebratory finish line with as spectators cheer on the final athletes as they cross the magical finish line.

Producing this year’s event is Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.), a best-in-class television production company that is highly experienced in Live coverage of endurance sports events such as the Tour de France to audiences around the world. The live-action will include more cameras than ever before and aerial imagery that will put viewers into the heart of the race, showcasing the amazing beauty and grueling conditions that the island of Hawai’i is known for.

Kailua-Kona, located on the west coast of the Island of Hawai`i, offers the perfect year-round climate and is an ideal location for this iconic, single-day sporting event. The 2018 field of athletes will tackle the ROKA 2.4-mile ocean swim in Kailua Bay, followed by the Ventum 112-mile bicycle ride along the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway from Kailua-Kona to the turnaround in Hawi, capped with a 26.2-mile HOKA ONE ONE run beginning on Ali’i Drive, where spectators pack the roads, up Palani Road to the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway, before making their way to the infamous Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawai`i Authority. Athletes will complete their journey to the roar of tens of thousands of spectators as they cross the historic Ali’i Drive finish line.

For live tracking, real-time results and instant tracking notifications, fans can follow both professional and age-group athletes on the IRONMAN Tracker app, available for download from iTunes App Store and Google Play.

NBC will air this year’s installment of the Emmy Award Winning IRONMAN World Championship brought to you by Amazon broadcast special on Saturday, November 24, from 2:30-4:00 p.m. ET.

Two Team Colorado Kona Age Group Champs Returning in 2018

38 Team Colorado athletes will join approximately 2,500 others at this year’s 2018 IRONMAN World Championship race in Kona. Two Team Colorado returning Age Group champions from the 2017 race, Diana Hassel and Simon Butterworth, are highlighted in the article from IRONMAN regarding this year’s field.

From IRONMAN (Oct 5, 2018) – Approximately 2,500 of the world’s top athletes will compete in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i on Saturday, October 13 at the most iconic one-day endurance event in the world — the 2018 IRONMAN® World Championship brought to you by Amazon. IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holdings company, will celebrate the history of IRONMAN and the seminal event that continues to inspire so many, by bringing the world’s best triathletes together in competition on the 40th Anniversary of the original IRONMAN event.

This year’s edition of the IRONMAN World Championship will yet again welcome the largest international athlete field in race history with athletes hailing from 82 countries, regions and territories. Athletes ranging in age from 18 to 85 have earned their world championship opportunity by qualifying at one of more than 40 IRONMAN events worldwide.

This year, Europe represents 46 percent of the field, while North America closely follows with 34 percent of athletes registered to race in the IRONMAN World Championship. Asia-Pacific brings eight percent of participants, with South America at seven percent.

“The evolution of this race over the past 40 years, from its modest beginnings to the iconic globally recognized phenomenon it has become, is truly extraordinary,” said Andrew Messick, President and Chief Executive Officer of IRONMAN. “From the very first race on the shores of Oahu, Hawai`i in 1978, IRONMAN has carved out a unique legacy in sports history and the pinnacle IRONMAN World Championship event showcases the best global competitors from around the world every year. We look forward to the next 40 years as our athletes continue to shape history through extraordinary feats and life-altering journeys.”

The United States of America is the most represented nation with 640 registered competitors, followed by Germany (215), Australia (208), and the United Kingdom (130). Athletes will travel from 46 U.S. states, with the greatest number coming from California (91), followed by Hawai`i (45), Texas (44), Colorado (38), and New York (35). Others from countries as far as South Africa, Brazil and Uzbekistan are traveling around the globe for their shot at a title.

This year, returning age-group champions from the 2017 IROMAN World Championship on the women’s side include Sione Jongstra (NLD), Michaela Rudolf (AUT), Diana Hassel (USA) and Missy LeStrange (USA). On the men’s side, returning age-group champions include Antoine Mechin (FRA), Guillaume Montoisy (BEL), Christophe Lemery (FRA), Rick Simpson (USA), Simon Butterworth (USA) and Fidel Rotondaro (VEN).

Racing alongside the returning age-group winners is an inspiring group of athletes that includes:

  • Jordan Bethke, a former pro triathlete and current U.S. Navy EOD Officer stationed in Hawai`i, who will be racing to support Kenton Stacy (#StacyStrong), a fellow EOD Officer critically wounded while serving in Syria
  • Rachel Brenke, a cancer survivor, mother of five, lawyer, and entrepreneur shows her commitment to sport and ability to balance what life can bring while achieving her goals
  • Leigh Chivers, who after suffering personal tragedies with the loss of both his wife Sara and 18-month-old son Alfie to brain cancer, will be looking to honor them while completing one of his wife’s dying wishes, to compete at the IRONMAN World Championship
  • Marcus Cook, in only a year and a half, Marcus dropped from 489lbs down to 233lbs. Following the death of close friend, Marcus decided to make huge lifestyle changes and now attribute his success to triathlon and will race for the IRONMAN Foundation after raising over $100,000 on his way to preparing for Kona.
  • Isabella del la Houssaye, is a mother of five, suffering from stage 4 lung cancer and has completed 15 IRONMAN events and 100 total marathons including one in each of 49 states. Isabella will race for the IRONMAN Foundation with the support of Ventum, and on race day, with the completion of the run portion of the IRONMAN World Championship brought to you by Amazon triathlon, Isabella will check the box for completing a marathon in all 50 states.
  • Elle Goodall, who dropped over 250lbs (115 kg) in a stunning lifestyle change that has taken her from fast food addict to the start line of this historic event
  • Bob Jordan, a father who was gifted an entry to the 1997 IRONMAN World Championship after his five-year-old daughter suffering from leukemia wrote letter to IRONMAN. 20 years later Bob qualified at IRONMAN Maryland and will race in her memory this year in Kona.
  • Kyle and Brent Pease, a dynamic team of brothers, Brent competing with his and younger brother Kyle, who has spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy, will look to raise awareness for, motivate and enable athletes with disabilities in the brothers first trip to the IRONMAN World Championship
  • Sarah Reinertsen, the first above-the-knee amputee to finish the IRONMAN World Championship (in 2005) and a gold medal winning para-triathlete returns to Kona to celebrate her place in history and IRONMAN’s “40 Years of Dreams.”

Have Your Eyes on Racing Kona? Here Are Eight Ways To Get There …

Have you always dreamed of toeing the start line at the IM World Championship in Kona? You may not realize that there are a range of ways to get there beyond being super fast. Here are eight ways to get to Kona:

1. Age Group Qualification
Every full-distance IRONMAN event offers a minimum of one qualifying spot per age group for the world championship. The number of qualifying slots in each age category is dependent on the number of competitors in each group. Finish at or near the top of the podium, or get lucky with a roll-down spot, and punch your ticket to Kona. Be sure to bring a credit card to the Roll-Down, as you’ve got to pay your entry fee on the spot.

2. Military Qualification
There are two Ironman 70.3 military qualification races that have allocated spots to the IRONMAN World Championships. Military members participating in a qualification event will be eligible for an Kona slot, allocated on a basis similar to age group qualification.

Full info found here.

3. IRONMAN Legacy Program
The IRONMAN Legacy Program was introduced in 2012 as a way to recognize and reward the most dedicated repeat athletes. Through the IRONMAN Legacy Program, athletes who have completed a 12 full-distance IRONMAN-branded races and have never competed at the IRONMAN World Championship have an opportunity to be selected for a special slot to compete in the IRONMAN World Championship.

Legacy requirements include:
– Athlete must have completed a minimum of 12 full-distance IRONMAN-branded* races (includes existing and past events) by December 31st of the current year.
- Athlete has never participated in the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i.
– Athlete must have completed at least one full-distance IRONMAN event in two consecutive years prior to World Championship.
– Athlete must be registered for a full-distance IRONMAN event in current year.
*2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run

There are currently 100 legacy spots per year.

Full info found here.
Read about 2018 Team Colorado Legacy athletes Rich Kiser and John Van Soest.

4. Physically Challenged/Open Exhibition Drawing

The IRONMAN World Championship Physically Challenged Open/Exhibition Division is available to athletes with a medically verified physical, visual, or neurological impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

Athletes who are drawn will need to validate their entry by completing at any time between October 14, 2017 and August 19, 2018, a triathlon consisting of, at a minimum, and on a single day, a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run. The validating race must have been completed as an individual participant and not as part of a relay team.

Full info found here.
Read about 2018 Team Colorado Physically Challenged athlete Jeffrey Lampe.

5. IRONMAN Foundation Fundraising
The IRONMAN Foundation creates positive, tangible change in IRONMAN race communities by engaging athletes and volunteers to participate in programs that demonstrate service through sport and commitment to community. The IRONMAN Foundation awards a Kona bib to their top fundraiser each year, as well as other select slots including one for Women for Tri.

Full info found here.
Read about 2018 Team Colorado Women for Tri athlete Triny Willerton.

6. IRONMAN Foundation Lottery
10 Kona slots are lotteried through the annual IRONMAN Foundation Kona Drawing. Lottery entries have a suggested donation of $50. Donations benefit the IRONMAN Foundation’s charitable giveback in our race communities around the world and are 100% tax deductible.

Full info found here.

7. IRONMAN Foundation Auction
5 Kona slots are auctioned on eBay. The auctions run for 7 days and the proceeds of the auction benefit the Ironman Foundation. In 2018 one of the spot’s proceeds went to Women for Tri.

The IRONMAN World Championship Annual Kona Auction Winner(s) receive:
– Race bib to compete at The IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua, Kona
– Private athlete registration in Kona
– Four VIP packages
– Invitations to exclusive race-week functions

The auctions have raised over $2M dollars for the Ironman Foundation. Minimum bid is $10,000

Full info found here.

7. IRONMAN Executive Challenge, a.k.a IRONMAN XC
This is a member’s only program and provides guaranteed entry to IRONMAN events, the opportunity to compete for IRONMAN World Championship slots, VIP passes, first-class accommodations and much more. Participants are required to have qualified for their spot at the IRONMAN World Championships at an Ironman Executive Challenge event.

Full info found here.
Learn more about 2018 Team Colorado Executive Challenge athlete Paul Dauber.

8. Outside Charity Spots
In a sport that lends itself to a laser-like focus on individual performance, the IRONMAN Charity Partner program helps athletes widen the spotlight by illuminating worthy causes. Giving athletes a purpose beyond their own accomplishment, the program aims to inspire IRONMAN athletes to fundraise for selected charity partners as a way to add meaning to their training and racing.

Full info found here.
Read about 2018 Team Colorado Team In Training athlete Brett Kessler.

Profession Triathlete Field Set for the 2018 Ironman World Championship

From IRONMAN (October 2, 2018) – Triathlon’s top professional talent will assemble at the start line in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i for the 2018 IRONMAN® World Championship brought to you by Amazon, taking place on October 13. The most iconic one-day endurance event in the world will bring together a highly regarded and competitive professional field, headlined by defending champions Patrick Lange (DEU) and Daniela Ryf (CHE).

“This is a monumental year for IRONMAN as we celebrate four decades of racing at the IRONMAN World Championship in Hawai`i,” said Andrew Messick, President & Chief Executive Officer of IRONMAN. “We look forward not only to honoring the historic professional performances from years past, but also showcasing the ever-growing international triathlete talent that will be on full display.”

The women’s professional field will seek to dethrone three-time IRONMAN World Champion Daniela Ryf (CHE), who continues to add to her impressive resume. In addition to earning her fourth IRONMAN®70.3® World Champion title this past September in South Africa, Ryf also came away with victories at the Mainova IRONMAN European Championship in Frankfurt and Enea IRONMAN 70.3 Gdynia in Poland.

Up for the challenge will be a host of strong contenders, including last year’s other podium finishers Lucy Charles (GBR) and Sarah Crowley (AUS), as well as the highly anticipated return of three-time IRONMAN World Champion, Mirinda Carfrae (AUS). Charles, who finished second a year ago, is coming off two impressive showings in Africa with a win in April’s Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship and a second-place finish at the 2018 Isuzu IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in September. Crowley will be looking to improve upon her third-place finish from a year ago and is in good form following a win at the 2018 IRONMAN Hamburg triathlon and a third-place finish at the 2018 Mainova IRONMAN European Championship in Frankfurt. Carfrae rejoins the ranks of the elite in Kona after spending a year away for the birth of her daughter. With wins this year at IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Rosa and IRONMAN 70.3 Augusta combined with a strong second-place showing at the 2018 Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship in Cairns, Carfrae has been at full force on her comeback trail.

The women’s field only just begins there, as other seasoned and decorated competitors join this elite group. Heather Jackson (USA) is a ten-time IRONMAN 70.3 Champion and multi-time Top 5 finisher at the IRONMAN World Championship, while Kaisa Sali (FIN) finished fifth in last year’s IRONMAN World Championship and earned first-place finishes at the 2018 IRONMAN Switzerland and 2018 Mazda IRONMAN 70.3 Monterrey triathlons. Susie Cheetham (GBR) finished second at the 2018 Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship, just minutes after fellow British racer Lucy Charles, and joins newcomer Teresa Adam (NZL), who earned a victory at the 2018 Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship in Cairns, as others to watch.

Below is the pro women’s start list for the 2018 IRONMAN World Championship brought to you by Amazon:

BIB LAST FIRST COUNTRY REP
F1 Ryf Daniela CHE (Switzerland
F2 Charles Lucy GBR (United Kingdom)
F3 Crowley Sarah AUS (Australia)
F4 Sali Kaisa FIN (Finland)
F5 Cheetham Susie GBR (United Kingdom)
F7 Jackson Heather USA (United States of America)
F8 Jahn Kirsty CAN (Canada)
F9 True Sarah USA (United States of America)
F11 Carfrae Mirinda AUS (Australia)
F12 Hufe Mareen DEU (Germany)
F14 Lester Carrie AUS (Australia)
F15 Siddall Laura GBR (United Kingdom)
F16 McCauley Jocelyn USA (United States of America)
F17 Piampiano Sarah USA (United States of America)
F18 Corbin Linsey USA (United States of America)
F19 Adam Teresa NZL (New Zealand)
F20 Vesterby Michelle DNK (Denmark)
F21 Blatchford Liz AUS (Australia)
F22 Smith Lesley USA (United States of America)
F23 Genet Manon FRA (France)
F24 Robertson Jodie USA (United States of America)
F25 Abraham Corinne GBR (United Kingdom)
F26 McBride Rachel CAN (Canada)
F27 Pallant Emma GBR (United Kingdom)
F28 Frades Gurutze ESP (Spain)
F29 Frederiksen Helle DNK (Denmark)
F30 Huetthaler Lisa AUT (Austria)
F31 Stage Nielsen Maja DNK (Denmark)
F32 Annett Jen CAN (Canada)
F33 Deckers Tine BEL (Belgium)
F34 Kessler Meredith USA (United States of America)
F35 Haug Anne DEU (Germany)
F36 Brandon Lauren USA (United States of America)
F37 Burke Melanie NZL (New Zealand)
F38 Lundstrom Asa SWE (Sweden)
F39 McKenzie Beth USA (United States of America)
F40 Konschak Katja DEU (Germany)
F41 Svensk Sara SWE (Sweden)
F42 Angela Naeth USA (United States of America

The men’s group is equally stacked with titleholders and contenders, including last year’s IRONMAN World Champion, Patrick Lange (DEU). Lange will seek his second win in Kona, where he holds a course-best time of 8:01:40 from his win in 2017, as well as the marathon run-course best time of 2:39:45, set in 2016 when he finished third. Also competing for the title is Lionel Sanders (CAN), who led the race last year through mile 23 of the marathon before giving way to Lange and ultimately earning second. Sebastian Kienle (DEU), the 2014 IRONMAN World Champion, placed fourth in the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship and will be looking for another title after just missing the podium last year. Meanwhile last year’s third-place finisher David McNamee (GBR) looks to follow the trajectory of Lange, moving from a third-place finish to becoming a world champion the following year.

Adding to the competition will be James Cunnama (ZAF), who placed fifth at the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship and Javier Gomez Noya (ESP), an Olympic silver medalist and two-time IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion. Fans will also be keeping an eye on Tim Don (GBR), who was unable to race last year after a pre-race accident left him with a broken neck just days before the event. After a grueling road to recovery, Don has made a remarkable comeback, placing first at the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 Costa Rica triathlon, only eight months after the accident. Americans Andy Potts and Ben Hoffman look to rejoin the Top 5 after both finished in the Top 10 in 2018.

Below is the pro men’s start list for the 2018 IRONMAN World Championship brought to you by Amazon:

BIB LAST FIRST COUNTRY REP
M1 Lange Patrick DEU (Germany)
M2 Sanders Lionel CAN (Canada)
M3 Kienle Sebastian DEU (Germany)
M5 McNamee David GBR (United Kingdom)
M6 Cunnama James ZAF (South Africa)
M7 Gomez Noya Javier ESP (Spain)
M8 Nilsson Patrik SWE (Sweden)
M9 Amberger Josh AUS (Australia)
M10 Currie Braden NZL (New Zealand)
M11 Van Lierde Frederik BEL (Belgium)
M12 Tutukin Ivan RUS (Russian Federation)
M14 Potts Andy USA (United States of America)
M15 Buckingham Kyle ZAF (South Africa)
M16 Aernouts Bart BEL (Belgium)
M17 McMahon Brent CAN (Canada)
M18 Rana Ivan ESP (Spain)
M19 Wurf Cameron AUS (Australia)
M20 Van Berkel Tim AUS (Australia)
M21 Weiss Michael AUT (Austria)
M22 Amorelli Igor BRA (Brazil)
M23 Hanson Matt USA (United States of America)
M24 Skipper Joe GBR (United Kingdom)
M25 Clavel Maurice DEU (Germany)
M26 Van Berkel Jan CHE (Switzerland)
M27 Costes Antony FRA (France)
M28 Koutny Philipp CHE (Switzerland)
M29 Stein Boris DEU (Germany)
M30 Starykowicz Andrew USA (United States of America)
M31 McKenzie Luke AUS (Australia)
M32 Butterfield Tyler BMU (Bermuda)
M33 Clarke Will GBR (United Kingdom)
M34 Hoffman Ben USA (United States of America)
M35 Collington Kevin USA (United States of America)
M36 Duelsen Marc DEU (Germany)
M37 Petersen-Bach Jens DNK (Denmark)
M38 Viennot Cyril FRA (France)
M39 Phillips Mike NZL (New Zealand)
M40 Degasperi Alessandro ITA (Italy)
M41 Wild Ruedi CHE (Switzerland)
M42 Dreitz Andreas DEU (Germany)
M43 O’Donnell Tim USA (United States of America)
M44 Brown Cameron NZL (New Zealand)
M45 Guillaume Romain FRA (France)
M46 Chevrot Denis FRA (France)
M47 Vinhal Thiago BRA (Brazil)
M48 Plese David SVN (Slovenia)
M49 Chrabot Matt USA (United States of America)
M50 Molinari Giulio ITA (Italy)
M51 Reed Tim AUS (Australia)
M52 Schildknecht Ronnie CHE (Switzerland)
M53 Millward Callum NZL (New Zealand)
M54 Cochrane Simon NZL (New Zealand)
M56 Baldwin Nick SYC (Seychelles)
M57 Don Tim GBR (United Kingdom)
M58 Russell Matt USA (United States of America)

The 2018 IRONMAN World Championship will offer a $650,000 total professional prize purse which will be distributed to male and female first- through tenth-place finishers.

Tri Coach Tuesday: How to Stay Fit this Off Season

By: Peter S. Alfino, Level II USAT coach, Owner Mile High Multisport, LLC

 

The off season is where the greatest improvements in your fitness can be gained if you take the correct approach during your off season. What you do and don’t do right now will go a long way in how you race when it counts. My experience has shown that most triathletes don’t make the right decisions at this time of year to help them make improvements down the road. Get adequate rest and a solid preparation phase before beginning your base building phase of training. So how do you know what to work on?

 

REST :

There has to be a period of significant rest between your last key race and your preparation period. I’m not talking taking two days off. If you haven’t given both your body and your mind a period of rest and rejuvenation you will end up injured or flat at some point in the future. How long to rest and recover depends on your tenure in the sport, how long your last season lasted and what was the impact on your body and mind from you last race of the season. Adding that one last race of the season i.e. I just did a full Ironman so I might as well jump into this half two weeks post race or I might as well run that marathon 4 weeks later, is common amongst those people new to the sport. That last race typically pushes you over the edge. Know when to call it a season and avoid the temptation to keep adding races to an already long and rigorous season. Significant rest means 4 weeks at minimum of structured training and possibly more. During this time you can do some light activity such as short 30 minutes swim sessions, hikes or shorter bikes up to an hour. Intensity should be limited and you should spend the majority of your time in zone 1.

 

PREPARATION PHASE :

When you start back with a formal plan you need to allow 4-6 weeks for the muscles to adapt back to a routine. Emphasis should be on lower intensity and form should be emphasized over duration or intensity. Now is the time to really think about range of motion and improving form in all disciplines. It is a great time of year to start working on your limiters.

Strength training: you broke down a lot of muscles during the race season. Time to build strength. Not only will this help you with power but this will aide you in preventing injuries.
Yoga/Pilates: Great time of year to incorporate Yoga or Pilates into your routine. Improved strength, flexibility and symmetry
Pool: Time to focus on improving your stroke, body position, kick and arm turnover. Get videotaped and work with a reputable coach. Join a masters program
Running Drills: Drills and speed skills at this time of year produce improved running economy. Shorter more frequent runs versus fewer longer runs
Cycling Drills: Speed skills such as spin ups, higher cadence work, ILT’s,( Isolated Leg Training) improve your cycling efficiencies. Sessions on the trainer are shorter although if the weather cooperate there is nothing wrong with a long slow ride in zone 2.


So this off season get rest, slow down, analyze your form and incorporate the necessary work to make improvements when you don’t have the pressure of getting fast for an upcoming race. If you can be patient, your chances of making physiological gains next race season have just improved.

Peter S. Alfino is the owner of Mile High Multisport, LLC. He is a level II USAT certified coach based on of Highlands Ranch Colorado. Contact him at Pete@milehighmultisport.com

 

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30 DAYS TO KONA: Sponsor Spotlight: INFINIT

Founder and CEO, Michael Folan, had a goal when he set out to create a better sports drink. As a ten-time Ironman finisher, he knew the product had to provide enough calories, sodium, be easy on the gut and taste good. Plus, it had to make race day nutrition simpler, eliminating the guesswork of: When did I take my last salt tablet?.. Did I eat enough gels this hour?.. How much did I drink?

INFINIT Performance Nutrition specializes in providing customizable nutrition-solutions that naturally maximize the performance of athletes worldwide. We stand by our decade-long commitment of developing products based on the most current sports science research, and made with only the highest quality ingredients, free from artificial colors, sweeteners, and preservatives.

INFINIT’s unique customizable system gives athletes the ability to design their own sports fuel formulas, made with all-natural ingredients, to their exact specifi

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Kona is the biggest stage for all Ironman racing. The ultimate goal is to earn that spot on the start line in Hawaii. You can not be successful at the Ironman distance, without spot on nutrition to fuel you. In Kona, you will face the most grueling, hot, humid conditions and you need to be well fueled and hydrated. Our product offers this as a very simple, all-in-one drink. When it is that hot and you are pushing as hard as you can for hours on end, the last thing you want to worry about is choking down a gel, or unwrapping and chewing a bar. With INFINIT, all you have to do is focus on drinking your mix and moving your body one pedal and one stride at a time.

INFINIT’s founder and CEO Michael Folan’s offers his advice, “I’ve raced Kona two times, 1997 and 2004. IF you have a chance to be top 5 in your age group, then worry about nutrition, sleep, taper and your position at the swim start. Make sure your tires are pumped up to 120 and caffeinated INFINIT is on your bike and run special needs. Go lik

e hell on the swim, pound the bike and then bring it home in the marathon.”

“For the other 95% of us…take time to ENJOY the day and worry less about your times. Spend every morning down at dig me beach watching all the people go by. Go for long swims by yourself. Spend way too much time at Lava Java and drink way too much delicious coffee. Drive to Hawi and see the black and green beaches. Run in your underwear. Go to the little blue church, Mark and Dave do.”

“On race day…just look around and let it all soak in. Body marking. The cameras. The Pros. Getting in the water. The locals blowing conch shells on longboards. The sunrise over the volcano. How far that last buoy really is. The roar of huge crowds on the shore for the pro start and the NBC helicopters buzzing over-head. Encourage your fellow competitors. SMILE, wave, thank the volunteers and acknowledge the crowds.

Most importantly, BE PROUD of your accomplishment. Just getting to the line makes you one of the few among thousands that try”.

“20 years after racing Kona, I never think about my finish times. However, the memories of those 2 weeks are still etched in my minds eye because I was there not to race, but to be a part of a once in a lifetime experience.”

We have quite a few of our sponsored athletes based in Colorado and their love for our product has helped to rapidly spread word about what INFINIT can offer. These pros and sponsored athletes will be using INFINIT: Andy Potts, Lesley Smith, Matt Chrabot, Kayla Bowker, Eric Engel, Craig Richardson, Taylor Tichenor.

At the end of the day, we are athletes helping athletes. INFINIT Nutrition was founded by endurance athletes. Athletes who—in a nutshell—realized that the difference between a good race and a great race is nutrition. We really do understand what athletes struggle with out there, and we put the same level of detail and care into your nutrition plan as we know you put into your training.

We understand that every athlete is different. Our experienced and knowledgeable Customer Support Team is dedicated to help each individual athlete perform better and achieve their personal goals. We work with each customer to solve their unique nutritional challenges through personalized fuel & hydration formulas that eliminate the need for any bars, gels, or food when competing.

30 DAYS TO KONA: Sponsor Spotlight: Blue Competition Cycles

Thinking about a triathlon bike for next season? Or maybe adding aero bars to your road, here are some thoughts from Blue Competition Cycles.

Everyone knows you can go faster by increasing your power output on the bicycle. Those who are into triathlon have spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours working to improve their power and efficiency on the bike. But a missing element for many is how to improve their speed on the bicycle at the same power. Aerodynamics holds the key to getting a faster bike split – wind drag is the number one force against you and prevents you from going faster on the bike. It’s not tire friction or the weight of the bicycle that matters most but the air force against the forward motion that slows you down. Wind drag increases exponentially with an increase in speed, so, in order to go only a few miles per hour faster you have to overcome a greater force.

Many people start off on a road bike for their first triathlon, maybe next they transition to the road bike with aero bars and then make the leap and buy a triathlon bike. Each time they think it means they will go faster. The real results they see may not change much or they may be going a bit faster because they have now put in more training and have some experience. Some people would be surprised to find they are riding in a non-ideal position for aerodynamics even on a triathlon bike. In order to maximize speed you have to understand how body position plays a key role.

The two primary ways to go faster are to 1. increase the power on the pedals and 2. increase aerodynamics. The trick seems to be doing one without hurting the other.

Lets look at the aerodynamic aspects of both the body and the bike. An example of a bicycle designed to maximize aerodynamics is the latest on the market for BLUE Competition Cycles the Triad Elite. This triathlon superbike utilizes SFT2 (Super Flow Tube Technology) tube shapes that are narrow and wing-shaped. The SFT2 carbon-fiber tubes slip through the wind easier as they allow air to flow over the tubes like the wing of a plane. This bike has aero covers on the front brake to reduce frontal area drag combined with an aero cover over the bottom bracket and rear brake to increase aerodynamics even further. While an aero bicycle will shave time off your Ironman bike split in order to maximize aerodynamics your body needs to also be more aero. This means your torso is in a horizontal position compared to the direction of the air flow and your head is lower than your shoulders. When you get in this position however their are several issues that come up regarding bike fit that may reduce your power with a net zero increase in speed. If you try to get in an aero position on a standard road bike your hips are not tilted forward so it is difficult to lean very far forward. A triathlon bicycle like the BLUE Triad Elite has a steeper seat tube angle than a traditional road bike. This steeper angle allows you to be more directly over the bottom bracket instead of behind it like on a road bike. This helps push your hips into a forward position allowing you to bend forward more and be lower on the front of the bicycle and utilize a lower handlebar position. As an example of the savings for estimation purposes we used a bicycle power vs. speed calculator to see the speed difference of riding a road bike vs an aero triathlon bike in a 112 mile Ironman bike leg. A 150lb rider producing 200 watts on a road bike in a more upright position would take between 5 hrs 20 min to 5 hrs 40 min (making some broad assumptions about factors such as wind and terrain). The same rider outputting the same power on a triathlon bike in an optimized aero position could ride it in 4 hrs 54 min to 5 hrs 10 min. Even if the rider had slightly less power in the triathlon position they are still going substantially faster. As a reference point if the same rider’s road bike was 1lb. lighter than their triathlon bike it would only shave 1 minute from their bike time.

 

The additional benefit to this “triathlon” position is it allows you to utilize your hamstrings and gluts on the bike so that your quads are not doing all the work. Done correctly this can help in that dreaded transition from bike to run so that your quad muscles are fresher for the run part of the race. A critical aspect to a good aero position is a balance between aerodynamics and power. Since you are leaned forward more you don’t want to decrease the angle between your torso and thigh so much that you lose power at the top of the pedal stroke. It is not an easy combination to figure out but a bike fit expert can help you setup your triathlon bike to maximize your power and increase aerodynamics.

If you ever find yourself riding along on the Queen K highway in early October surrounded by three or four Ironman Champions, you better hope you are riding a fast bike and in the best position possible. Why? Because you know you are going to have one heck of a race on your hands and going to need several things to go your way. You are going to need to save as much energy for that run to follow and you are going to need to come off the bike able to use that energy you saved.

Oktoberfest 2018: A Blast of a Season Closer

by Rich Soares

The Oktoberfest Triathlon has earned a reputation of being the “don’t miss the fun” race of the season.

 

Officially the last local triathlon race of the season, more than 700 athletes come from around the country to say goodbye to the summer triathlon race season by letting their fun flag fly! Oktoberfest featured sprint, relay team and collegiate division races including draft legal and non-draft races from twelve Universities.

 

Sunday’s race began with the draft legal men’s and women’s races. The men’s division had ten athletes representing five universities, including Colorado Mesa, CU Boulder, Utah, Wyoming and Colorado State. The women’s NCAA division had 49 athletes representing twelve universities, including Arizona State, Black Hills State, Colorado Mesa, Colorado State, Daemen College, Northern Vermont University, United States Air Force Academy, University of California Berkeley, CU Boulder, South Dakota, Utah and Wagner College. The non-draft collegiate competition followed with 98 athletes (50 women and 48 men) representing Colorado School of Mines, CSU, CU Boulder, Wyoming, and USAFA. Sprint triathlon and team relay waves followed the collegiate start with 415 athletes in the triathlon and 30 relay teams.

Clear skies and mild temperatures made for perfect conditions at Union Reservoir in Longmont. The course started with a 750-meter square left-hand swim course around four neon yellow buoys. The water was calm and temperatures were in the low-mid 70’s making it reasonably comfortable for those who did not care to swim in wetsuits. The 13-mile bike course led riders out of the reservoir north on County Rd 1, east on Route 66, south on County Road 7 and back east on 119. All intersections were well controlled and large sections of the course were coned off in high traffic areas to provide the riders separation from automobiles. The run course led athletes through the race village past the vendor and club tents, spurring energy and excitement for spectators and athletes alike. Runners donned costumes adding to the “let your fun flag fly” vibe. Costumed or not, the runners headed on to the gravel out-and-back course with an energetic aid station located a mile from the race village. The finish line was lined
with spectator cheering and partying to the beat of race music.

After the race, athletes enjoyed good music and great food catered by Wahoos. The post-race party was capped off with the awards ceremony recognizing the serious competition of more than 700 athletes.

The collegiate competitions posted fast times. Nick Dorsett took out the men’s draft legal race with a time of 00:58:10, while Hannah Henry from ASU bested the rest of the NCAA women with a time of 1:00:04. In the non-draft collegiate race Jack Toland from CU Boulder won the men’s competition with a 00:56:28 and Kelly Grier of USAFA won the women’s with 1:09:58. In the age grouper sprint race 49 year old Kevin Konczak from Boulder won the overall with at time of 59 minutes even and 29 year old Caitlan Standifer of Boulder was the overall winner for women with a 1:05:39.

Complete results here

Thanks to Lance Panigutti, the entire Without Limits Productions crew and volunteers for putting on a fantastic 2018 season. I’m already looking forward to 2019!

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.”

Read the full story here.