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.

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).

Meet our Team Colorado Kona 2018 Athletes

Jeff Beckman on course at the Cleveland Olympic Triathlon

JEFF BECKMAN

*What kind of bike do you ride? Trek Speed Concept, black with red letters

*Where did you qualify for the Ironman World Championships?  Lake placid IM where I won the 45-49 age group

*How many Ironman races have you done? 5 full and 7 half’s (70.3)

*How many times have you raced Kona? Once before last year

*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?  SUP around the coast and drinking Kona coffee

*What is your favorite bike training route? A modified Lariat loop:  Morrison-Kittredge-Evergreen to Golden

*What is your favorite post workout/post race treat? Vanilla milkshake

*What was one unexpected occurrence on your path to Kona?  I was able to enter the Loveland Lake to Lake triathlon sprint relay with my two sons, my 11 yr old on the swim and 8 yr old on the run with dad to hang out in transition.  My boys were the youngest two racing that day. As this was their first timed triathlon event, I offered to accompany them during the race. My 11 yr refused, saying he didn’t want me to slow him down in the water and wanted me to save my legs to “go super hard” on the bike.  My 8 yr old wanted to run the last mile alone to finish the race like his older brother did the swim. Surprisingly, we won the sprint relay and came in 13th overall with a time that would have won my age group. This was by far my favorite race of the season and triathlon experience for that matter and I was tremendously proud of my boys and grateful for my wife’s support that day.  Also, it was great to meet Rich that day and appreciate his coverage of the event and interview – my boys felt on top of the world!

*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 routing for Tim Don and Miranda Carfrae, both truly inspiring athletes in different ways

 

John Van Soest completing Ironman 2018

JOHN VAN SOEST

*What kind of bike do you ride? Bike – older (~2009) black, silver and white Cervelo P3 on Zipp 808

*Where did you qualify for the Ironman World Championships? I’m racing via a legacy slot

*How many Ironman races have you done? Kona will be number 15

*How many times have you raced Kona? This will be my first time racing in Kona. I’ve been twice to spectate

*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?  My favorite activity is tough, maybe swimming with dolphins

*What is your favorite post workout/post race treat? pizza or a shake

*What was one unexpected occurrence on your path to Kona? –  I’d have to say it isn’t triathlon specific.  I lost my mother in January and father in April which has just created a lot of load on top of training and racing in Ironman Maastricht, which I did in August, and prepping for this.

*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’d love to see Mirinda and Tim win together!  I think Patrick Lange and Daniela are tough to overlook.

 

Amazon named Title Sponsor of the 2018 IRONMAN World Championship

TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 10, 2018) – IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holdings company, is excited to team up with Amazon as the title sponsor of the 2018 IRONMAN® World Championship and Official Sports Nutrition Retailer of the iconic triathlon event that will take place on Saturday, October 13 in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i. The collaboration will provide participants access to a vast selection of nutrition products, including items from IRONMAN official nutrition partners CLIF Bar and Gatorade, available to athletes looking to prove ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® on the sports largest stage.

“We are thrilled to announce we’ve teamed up with Amazon,” said Matthieu Van Veen, Chief Revenue Officer for IRONMAN. “The IRONMAN World Championship is the most iconic endurance event in the world and this collaboration with Amazon as we celebrate our 40th anniversary will provide athletes globally with direct access to sports nutrition products that help them reach the pinnacle of the sport.”

The demand for sports performance and wellness products are at an all-time high. The world’s best athletes will have access to a wide range of optimal products located conveniently all in one place at www.amazon.com/ironmanrace, helping them reach their peak performance goals.

Original Endurance Sportswire posting here

 

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!

 

303Radio Interviews Bob Babbitt: The Heart of Ironman

The “Heart of Ironman,” Bob Babbitt talks about Ironman racing from its inception – day one when he ate hamburgers and fries and prepared for it to be a 2 day event–he didn’t know it was supposed to be a one day event. He paid $25 to race on his bike with a raccoon skin seat cover and Hawaiian sweet bread stuffed in his pocket. He shared some great stories in a way only Bob can do. Have a listen and see how this history fueled his passion that later paved the way to his greatest passion, that of heading the Challenged Athlete Foundation. You will feel inspired listening to this. He has lived it, and loved it, and given his heart to this sport.

303Radio Presents: The Voice of Ironman, Mike Reilly: “Dreams really do come true”

The voice of IRONMAN, Mike Reilly joined 303Radio and shared many stories about why he loves IRONMAN so much. Learn about his respect for the brand, and the athletes. Learn his thoughts on the Colorado culture, living in the moment, and what he his thinking when he sees athletes finishing. Understand his genuine spirit and why you “feel” him when he says, “You are an Ironman” – he really means it! He says there are two keys to success: 1) When “ego is not involved with what they are doing,” and, 2) “How the greatest thing we as people can do is make someone happy.” So much wisdom from Mike on life!