Monday Masters: SwimLabs joins forces with SafeSplash Swim School

From SafeSplash Swim School

We are so excited to welcome SwimLabs Swim School to our family! SwimLabs’ unique training facilities are indoors, with small, warm-water pools specially designed with 360-degree video feedback technology that lets swimmers of all ages and abilities instantly view their own strokes and compare them against several elite U.S. Olympic swimmers. Check them out at http://www.swimlabs.com/.

Here’s the press release: http://hubs.ly/H06vLT80

2017 Ironman Boulder Bike Course REVEALED

By Bill Plock

Ironman Boulder’s bike course is now THREE loops (passing through the Boulder Reservoir four times!), potentially faster, and should be tons of spectator-friendly fun!

(maps below!)

Ironman continues to refine this course, and after listening to athlete feedback proclaiming they want a more connected and spectator-friendly bike ride, the new course will feature three loops, passing through the reservoir area four times giving racers that extra boost of crowd energy. There, family and friends will be able to cheer and hang out at the beer garden, listen to music, swim in the lake and enjoy the time (and amazing views!) while waiting for their athlete to pass through.

IM Boulder Race Director Tim Brosious and Pro Triathlete Chris Leiferman

Food trucks will be there along with other entertainment and features still being planned. Shuttle buses will run throughout the day for easy transport between the Reservoir and downtown Boulder.

The course could potentially be faster, especially as racers will head east from Highway 36 on St. Vrain road with its nice downhill instead of on Highway 66 like the last three years. The three loops will still utilize most of the same roads as previous years, but on the last lap racers will spend time on a closed Four Mile Creek bike path for a couple of miles before dropping riders onto a few streets heading into T2.

An added plus? No Railroad crossings!

Pro Triathlete, Chris Leiferman, competing this year and who led the group on Saturday, said he “likes the bike path near the end as it’s quiet and will give everyone a chance to stretch out a bit and relax before hitting the run.”

Poppy Sports owner Melanie Mitchell, who isn’t currently signed up, says she is more tempted now after riding the course because, “Three loops mentally seems more attainable than 112 out in the middle of the plains.  Having done the 70.3 it is very familiar territory and training will be easier to ramp up mileage doing loops of the course.

Tim Brosious, the new race director (don’t worry Dave Christen will be around too—he is a regional director now), says, “This is a celebration day not only for the athlete but also for the families, friends, and supporters who have taken on extra responsibilities over the past year to make sure their athlete has a memorable day and crosses the finish line with a sense of fulfillment and pride.

Join the Strava Team Colorado group and get out and practice the loops and see how you stack up with others doing the same.

303Radio podcast featuring North American Race Director Dave Christen and new Ironman Boulder Race Director Tim Brocious, discussing Ironman Boulder features, course preview, and Team Colorado:

Check out all the photos from our 303Radio Podcast HERE.

Here is the official course map!

 

Challenge Regensburg: bucket list European race-cation this summer

Hey U.S. Triathletes – have you ever wanted to try a non-U.S., destination race? Challenge Regensburg, an iron-distance race in Regensburg, Germany, features a stunning host city and surrounding area, and incredibly warm and welcoming Bavarian hospitality. AND, race organizers have put together an incentive package for international athletes with a number of benefits, including an exceptional deal on accommodation (think stay 5 nights/pay for 4, or stay 7 nights/pay for 5—and that’s on top of the already discounted event rate), a dedicated mechanic (to help with those post-travel bike builds), and more.

Want to know more about the race? Check out Colorado industry insider Holly Bennett’s Facebook gallery and write up from last year’s inaugural race. Holly says, “The race organizers are husband and wife team Tom and Sonja Tajsich. Sonja is a beloved professional triathlete who has graced the top 5 podium in Kona and who knows all the important details that make a race athlete-focused and athlete-friendly. Their intense passion for the sport shines through in every detail.”

Register HERE

And use special code IOL-Z99H-F1AR-SSBB for the International Athlete Program.

More notes from Holly if you want to include: “I know a lot of people are nervous about racing internationally, or they don’t want to deal with long flights and the hassles of traveling with a bike. That’s why this race is really perfect for them. Munich is a direct flight from many US cities (including Denver), and then it’s just a short drive to Regensburg (1.5 hrs). With a dedicated mechanic for international athletes, there’s no need to worry if you don’t feel confident putting your bike back together yourself, or if you just want to be sure there’s someone convenient to give it a once over. And the hotel deal is fantastic—the rates are really affordable and include breakfast & wifi, plus you get the extra night(s) free, and the hotels are right in the city center, walking distance to nearly everything. Plus, Challenge race entries are far more affordable than IM!”

2017 Triathlon Business International – Day 2, Lance Armstrong

Basketball… “Flat, Challenging” times in Tri … and Lance Armstrong:
“I went from the stars to the ground, seemingly overnight”

The Monday morning start of Day 2 at TBI began early, with a group workout at the local Dallas YMCA, put on by ACTIVE. Following an old-school basketball lay-up drill, Arch led participants through four, 7-minute “Tabata” sets and had us all sweating and dreading sitting on sore glutes later in the day, but smiling goofy endorphin-induced grins. (Only the first three sets were physical – the fourth set was a mental “Triku” writing exercise… we may – or may not – hear more about those submissions later in the conference.)

By 8:00 a.m. the breakfast crowd was ushered into the presentation hall for a few opening remarks by TBI President Richard AdlerCiting registration data, Adler pointed out 41% of this year’s TBE attendees are race producers, followed by those in the technology field, and manufacturers with 15% each. And then a large “other” category, that includes coaches, tri clubs, city representatives, advertising/marketing entities, sponsors… a good cross-section of the industry.

This year’s conference theme is “profitability and success in triathlon,” and Adler referenced data presented by Gary Roethenbaugh yesterday and reiterating the current “flat” triathlon climate makes for “challenging times.” However. The entire purpose of this conference is to collaborate and share ideas; TBI is, at its core, a “sounding board and connector of resources.”

And then a hush fell over the room as Lance Armstrong was ushered down the center aisle, red carpet style, haloed by a bright spotlight, led by Slowtwitch publisher Dan Empfield. As they walked Empfield referred to Armstrong as his “very good friend,” and Armstrong made reference to Empfield being his “first sponsor” (Empfield was Lance Armstrong’s first bike sponsor, with Quintana Roo, the bike brand Empfield founded).

Empfield opened the session with an air of caution and assertive direction, launching immediately into Armstrong’s The Forward Podcast, and skipping any preamble about the cycling world or doping or other obvious precursors. Admitting he is “very jealous” of Armstrong’s podcasts because “they are so good,” Empfield asked about:

  • Most recent guest (astrophysicist Neil Degrass Tyson – whom Armstrong pointed out is “Stephen Colbert‘s favorite guest”)
  • Toughest interviews (“Seal was very emotional and dark; he and I did the dance and it came off…“)
  • Favorite interview to date (Michael Morton – wrongfully convicted for killing his wife: “He is my favorite by far, so far. He went to prison for 26 years for a crime he didn’t commit. And then DNA evidence proved his innocence and he was exonerated. His views on the people who put him away – what he wanted to do to them – for 15 years he had a plan for every one of them. Shoot & bury. Burn. Drown… And then he found God. . . The guy is amazing. Really cool guy.

As Armstrong mentioned Sean Penn (whom he hangs out with in Aspen), biographer Hunter Thompson, Johnny Depp, Bo Jackson, Brett Favre (a “good friend”), Malcolm Gladwell (If he does a tri, “Who’s going to make the swim cap to go over that ‘fro of his?”) … Empfield points out, “These guys are all friends – you just call them up.” And later in the interview, regarding Armstrong’s residence in Aspen, “there’s a posse, and you’re in it.” Empfield continues, “You can hang with these people and talk with these people in a way a CNN interviewer couldn’t… I mean, a presidential historian and rock stars…”

Armstrong revealed his techniques for landing an interview with someone he finds compelling: “I grab coffee in the morning and read the newspaper. I see who’s in town… send a DM to a mutual acquaintance and get a cell phone number…” He goes on to point out how public most personal information is, saying, “You can find out about anybody’s life – start with Wikipedia, and then go to YouTube… There’s still some secrets out there, but very few.”

He also acknowledges the timing of his Forward podcast, saying, “I couldn’t have done this kind of platform five years ago. . . I went from the stars to the ground seemingly overnight, and all of my platforms went away. That was a humbling experience. The podcast is my first platform, my first offensive move, the first place I’ve gone back to to give people a place to go. . . I’m blown away at the success it’s had.”

When asked about the “corporatization” of sport, making big business out of triathlon or other endurance sports, he was clear, saying whether it’s Ironman or New York Road Runners or the Boston Marathon, “we still have millions willing to pay to play.” But. ASO/Tour de France is “much more evil” than Wanda Sports. “The business model of pro cycling is 100 years old and not sustainable. There is turmoil there. They want to control as much as they can and cast a shadow over all the other events. The Tour is too big – but they are the only one, and the only thing people care about.”

“I wish there were more players and riders who had a bigger voice in pro cycling.”

Armstrong’s latest venture, WEDU Sport, was touched on but not well defined. According to the trademark application, WEDU will incorporate monitoring & tracking (“Computer software and computer application software related to tracking, monitoring, planning, compliance and motivation”), clothing, and “athletic competitions, triathlon events, athletic coaching services.”

When Empfield asked about the new brand, Armstrong provided an explanation for the name, saying, “WEDU is an answer to a question: Who does 100X100’s in the pool or runs Rim2Rim? Who wants to do that? Who would be crazy enough to do that? The answer is WEDU. That is the brand. There is space for more events in the endurance world. Also, monitoring and tracking – GPS, Strava, wearables – allowing athletes to train better, smarter, and injury free.”

Later in the interview he added on the subject of WEDU: “We’ll provide events, content, and training. Similar to Endurance Nation – we’ll sell plans. And WEDU may be an app.”

And what about that subject of doping? Empfield raised the subject, and Armstrong elaborated, saying first, “It will never change.” He said there will always be cheaters Whether traditional doping, or course cutting, or mechanical doping with engines. He did an obstacle course race, and when he missed an obstacle he had to do 180 burpees. “I did all 180 burpees,” he said. “But how many people really do them? It’s the honor system. If they have to do 30 burpees, how many do 30? No one. They do 22.”

What about just letting letting drug testing go – just “chilling” – and letting athletes do what they will do? “Just chilling is not an option,” Armstrong insists. “I don’t have a lot of credibility on this.” (crowd chuckles) “You laugh, but it’s true. Should we test athletes? I’m probably not the guy to ask. But if it’s my kids, I say test them.”

And, on the future of triathlon: “Who knows? Who would have thought there would be the Tough Mudder and events like that? We just don’t know… You never know what the next event is. What will provide relevance and motivation? For Type A motivated people, what are you going to give them in ten years?”

He speaks about the return of his Aspen mountain bike race in 2017 (the 2016 event ended up being “a party at my house” since he missed the permitting deadline), his preference for century rides over Gran Fondo’s, because they are untimed and easier to permit, and “alternative” events in general. He then adds, solemnly, “I want all of the ships to rise.”

Also: Jimmy Buffett & Margaritaville. “When you stay there, he is making money off of you from the minute you wake up until you go to bed. From music to blenders to everything… I really respect what he’s done with his brand.”

Finally: Empfield circles back to the Forward podcast. He notes that listeners are asked to rate the show, one star to five. “There are no 2s, 3s or 4s. Only 1s and 5s. Is this a metaphor for how people view you?” Armstrong responds, “I was an asshole for a very long time. I understand that.”

As Armstrong left the room (for 1.5 hrs of post-appearance interviews in the outer hallway), the TBI sessions continued with discussions covering the Future of Triathlon (“Triathlon has plateaued. But it’s stable. Flat is the new ‘up’.” – Chuck Menke); Sponsorships; Diversity in Triathlon moderated by Sara Gross (“Diversity brings innovation, and that’s what triathlon needs now”); and the USAT State of the Union address by Rob Urbach (which began with, “Do you remember the first time you made love?”). Late afternoon sessions allowed participants to choose between topics including Working with Municipalities, Retailer Relationships, Understanding Millennials, and Triathlon Teams.

The Ron Smith Reception and Awards Celebration filled the evening, with winners announced in multiple categories. Be sure to check out 303Triathlon’s twitter feed for all the details on the day’s presentations and events.

 

Mid-Week Fun: Callum Millward’s Top Tweets from Kona

Hopefully enough time has passed that even those who had a rough day in Kona are able to look back with a sense of humor. Here’s just a small taste of Callum Millward’s take on the day… click at the bottom to see the entire collection. You’ll be glad you did.

Continuing my tradition of Kona race day tweets, I recapped the highlights from this years race. Enjoy.

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Kona Digest: 7-Day Recap

Here’s a recap of all the Kona news produced by 303 over the last several days…

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We continue to share many Colorado athlete profiles – 17 so far! Be sure to check out the complete list of all Colorado athletes competing.

We’ve explored the “why” behind so many athletes from Colorado achieving World Championship status.

We’ve produced many Facebook Live newscasts, including:

  • The Keiki Dip-N-Dash – Part I
  • Keiki Dip-N-Dash – Part II (older kids)

We compiled a solid list of swim tips, with an exclusive introductory video by the Voice of Ironman, Mike Reilly.

teamWe took selfies, went swimming, and had a laughter-filled dinner with Famous Dave, Ironman Boulder Race Director and North American Regional Director Dave Christen…

And the celebrity sightings are too numerous to count (be sure to check out our Facebook album for this one!)

We tried out new gadgets like power meters, and attended the Stryd Running Panel, moderated by the famous Bob Babbitt…

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We handed out generous gift bags to dozens of Colorado athletes (with many more hand-offs scheduled for tomorrow morning!) – all made possible by generous Colorado company sponsors.

 

 

 

 

Here’s a fun video interview explaining all about our gift bags and introducing the 303 Team:
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We attended the “Heroes of Hawai’i” ceremony and and observed the long-standing tradition of the Parade of Nations… which included some very clever team messaging!

 

 

 

 

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We went running in the beautiful mountain town of Waemea and enjoyed a break from the relentless heat…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This afternoon Rinny held a press conference and 303’s questions were featured…How do you come back mentally from last year’s DNF, and what did you learn from it? (at minute 12:00) and Why do you love living and training in Boulder? (at minute 22:00).

Write ups on the Cobb Saddles Women’s event, the unveiling of the new Cervelo P5X, a ride-along with Ventum Bikes – all in the works. And the crew is still out attending Tim O’Donnell’s CLIFF party, and the Training Peaks Party! Those stories, and MANY more coming your way yet this week. Stay tuned!

Kona- Dig Me Beach Swim Tips

JUST ADDED:

Top Tips straight from The Voice of Ironman, Mike Reilly!

303-swimFor most arriving on the Big Island of triathlon dreams, the time-lapsed days begin pre-dawn, and lines of athletes show up at Dig Me Beach ready for a practice swim as soon as the sun breaks the horizon.

The mainlanders among us are usually done with our coffee by 4:00 a.m., waiting until it is light enough to jog down Ali’i Drive (enjoying the oxygen rich air) to join the crowd filing in to the water.

There is something  magical about stepping in to the waters off of ‘the pier’ in Kailua Bay. Located on Ali’i Drive in front of the King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel – which serves as Ironman headquarters and athlete packet pickup – there is always a group of swim spectators sitting atop the sea wall. Walking through the silty-sand of the gentle beach, the water is welcoming, enveloping you in her warm current, salty buoyancy, and un-thrashing ways.

However. In the chaos of Ironman World Championships Race Week, some human-powered thrashing may be had. Thus, here are some swim tips for pre-race swims:

  1. You may check belongings at the Ironman tent in front of the hotel from 6:30-9:00 a.m. each morning. This is strongly recommended. They also provide water and Gatorade. Please note the end time – you need to collect your bag no later than 9:00.
  2. Be sure to lube up with sunscreen, anti-chafe, and plenty of lip balm. The sun and saltwater really expose all your skin’s vulnerabilities.
  3. Safety kayakers are on the course each day 6:30-9:30 – take a moment to tread water, take in the view, and thank them for their help. (If you swim with your GoPro or waterproof camera tucked into your suit, the kayakers will take your picture!)
  4. Kayaker Jan, who lives here on the island, told us this year’s practice swim course is slightly crooked at the beginning – follow the buoys to avoid lava rock and coral near the shore, and all the boats in the bay. It’s really important to stay on the shore-side of the buoys to remain out of boat paths.
  5. Kayaker John, who traveled all the way from New York to volunteer as a safety kayaker and also cheer on a handful of athletes he coaches, advises keeping an eye out for sea life. On Monday, he spotted a large sea turtle just 100 yards from shore!
  6. 303’s Nicole Odell recommends visualizing that it’s race day and you are feeling good – try to feel any nerves that you might have on race morning melt away.
  7. Site Site Site. There are several traffic rules working concurrently during the practice swims. Always swim in a clockwise pattern. And always swim in a counter-clockwise pattern. Always pass left shoulder to left shoulder. Oh, and always pass right-to-right. In other words, near-head-on collisions are just part of the experience. It is a good day if you lift your head every couple strokes, and have several close calls… with no actual head bumps.
  8. The Coffee Bar!

    Since 2008, Coffees of Hawaii has commandeered the Floating Espresso Bar anchored just a few hundred meters off-shore. From 7-9 a.m., Tuesday thru Friday you can swim up to the boat and enjoy complimentary cups of their coffee.

    This is a great social experience, and a way to hang out and tread water with athletes from literally all over the world. Keep in mind the coffee is HOT, and can be a little rough on raw, salty lips…

  9. Get the feel of the swells – if you are drifting to one direction, try over-correcting a bit with your stroke. If you are new to ocean swimming, becoming accustomed to the rolling feel of the currents is important before race day.
  10. Swim early and swim often. Swim early for “flatter” water and smaller swells. Swim often because it’s HAWAII! Make the most of it!

Ironman’s 2016 Kona World Championships News Release, with a Colorado Angle

The Headline: 2016 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP brings elite athletes together to BATTLE ON triathlon’s PREMIER global stage

tylerRead the full News Release below, noting Colorado’s significant No. 2 position in qualified athletes. And keep in mind, what the official release does not mention is Colorado’s long-time pro Tyler Butterfield, who placed 5TH in Kona – 2015, who will be among this year’s leading contenders, and is positioned for another top-ten or possible podium finish… not to mention Rinny, who – though she’s officially from Australia – calls Colorado home, along with husband Tim O’Donnell… And so many other Coloradoans who make up the large number of elite athletes representing the Rocky Mountains here at the World Championships! shiz2

PLUS, Shirin “Shiz” Gerami, the Iranian female triathlete mentioned below, has been training in Colorado for two months prior to Kona (watch for 303’s in-depth story this week by Jen Findley who chatted with this amazing athlete and discussed the cultural and political obstacles she’s overcome. (Be sure to read Bill Plock’s column exploring why so many Colorado athletes make it to the world stage, and check out 303Triathlon for profiles of all our Colorado age groupers, and daily “60 Seconds in Kona” videos.)

More Than 2,300 Athletes Will Descend Upon Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i on Oct. 8

for World’s Most Iconic Endurance Event —

TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 30, 2016) More than 2,300 of the world’s top athletes will unite in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i on October 8 for the most iconic one-day endurance event in the world – the 2016 IRONMAN® World Championship. IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holding company, has produced this world class event since 1978.

The largest international athlete field in this race’s history will toe the line for the 38th year of the annual IRONMAN World Championship triathlon, representing 64 countries and territories on six continents. Athletes ranging in age from 19 to 83 have earned their championship opportunity by having finished among the best at one of more than 40 qualifying IRONMAN events worldwide.

Regionally, North America represents 40.5 percent of the field while Europe is close behind with 36.5 percent of athletes registered to race in the IRONMAN World Championship. Asia-Pacific brings 14.3 percent while South America represents just over six percent of the field.

“The inspiration that is generated by not only our amazing professional athletes but also our age-groupers, shows why the IRONMAN World Championship continues to be the pinnacle event of the endurance world,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer of IRONMAN. “Over 2,300 of the world’s best athletes have traveled to this prestigious island to showcase their unwavering strength, passion and commitment while proving that truly ‘ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.’”

The United States leads the way with 804 competitors, accounting for just over 33 percent of registrants this year. Athletes from all 50 U.S. states are represented, with the greatest number coming from California (153) followed by Colorado (51), Hawaii (49), New York (46), and Florida and Texas with 45 athletes each.

Australia leads the international contingent with the second-most athletes competing (230), followed by Germany (195), Canada (137), Great Britain (124) and France (119). Other athletes from countries as far as Turkey, Slovenia, Iceland and Denmark are traveling around the globe for their shot at the title. 

The competitive fields should provide for an exciting race with IRONMAN World Champions Jan Frodeno of Germany and Daniela Ryf of Switzerland returning to defend their titles. The men’s competition is packed with a strong veteran group that includes former IRONMAN 70.3® and IRONMAN World Champions. Sebastian Kienle (DEU), coming off a narrow second-place finish at the 2016 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, will provide Frodeno with a strong challenge alongside Brent McMahon (CAN), Tim O’Donnell (USA) Andy Potts (AUS) and Timothy Van Berkel (AUS). On the women’s side, Mirinda “Rinny” Carfrae (AUS) is back for redemption following last year’s injury-plagued race which forced her to withdraw. Meanwhile, both Ryf and Carfrae will be challenged by last year’s top American finisher Heather Jackson, as well as Mel Hauschildt (AUS), Julia Gajer (DEU) and relative newcomer Kaisa Lehtonen (FIN) all of whom have IRONMAN titles to their names.

Racing alongside the talented pro field is an inspiring group of age-group athletes that includes IRONMAN Legacy Program athlete and basketball trainer to NBA stars, Joe Abunassar, proving that his clients aren’t the only ones to push physical limits;  the courageous father and son team of Jeff and Johnny Agar; Iran’s first female IRONMAN triathlete Shirin Gerami racing to transcend cultural divides and inspire women around the world; the first female African-American fighter pilot to see combat in a major war, U.S. Air Force Reserve Major Christina Hopper; the globally inspiring 28-year old Australian brush fire survivor, Turia Pitt, who is proving doctors wrong after suffering burns to 65 percent of her body; and Japan’s Hiromu Inada who, at 83 years old, could become the oldest competitor to ever cross the IRONMAN World Championship finish line.

The 2016 field of athletes will tackle a 2.4-mile mass swim start in Kailua Bay, followed by a 112-mile bike along the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway from Kailua-Kona to the turnaround in Hawi, exposing intense trade winds that buffet much of the western and northern coast of the Big Island. Athletes then take on a 26.2-mile 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 Natural Energy Laboratory Hawaii Authority (NELHA). Athletes will complete their journey to the roar of tens of thousands of spectators as they cross the historic Ali’i Drive finish line.

Additional historical facts and stats on the field competing in this year’s IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i:

·         This will be the largest athlete field ever at the IRONMAN World Championship, with over 2,300 competitors

·         70 percent of participants (1,683 athletes) are male

·         30 percent of participants (718 athletes) are female, which is up 2 percentage points from 2015 and also marks the largest female field in history at the IRONMAN World Championship.

·         43 is the average age of registrants this year

·         100 race participants (57 males, 43 females), or four percent of the total field, are professional athletes

·         Hiromu Inada (Yachiyo, Chiba, Japan) is the oldest participant at 83, while Hiraya Shun (Asahi City, Chiba, Japan) is the youngest at 19

·         Belarus is sending an athlete to the IRONMAN World Championship for the very first time.

·         Eight athletes will be celebrating their birthday on race day

·         All 50 U.S. states are accounted for, with the greatest number coming from California (153)

·         Approximately 91,000 athletes register to compete in IRONMAN races each year, representing over 90 countries and territories

·         Approximately 260,000 registered athletes representing over 155 countries and territories competed in IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 races this year

·         826 competitors representing 390 different TriClubs from around the world are racing at this year’s IRONMAN World Championship and total over 34.8 percent of the field

·         23 new IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 races were established in 2016

·         More than 5,000 volunteers will help make the IRONMAN World Championship a success

The 2016 IRONMAN World Championship can be viewed live on www.ironman.com. Comprehensive coverage will capture every aspect of the race and feature a hosted show, athlete tracker and live blog.

In addition, NBC will air the IRONMAN World Championship special on Saturday, December 10 at 2:30 p.m. ET (check local listings for details).

Day Four: 60 seconds in Kona – motion of the ocean

Presented by Roka Sports

The Ironman 2.4 mile practice swim one week out from World Championship race day. Lots of amped up, tapering triathletes making the most out of this supported & chip timed swim on the full course. Roka, Roka everywhere! Our Colorado athletes in Kona will receive custom 303/Colorado swim caps, thanks to this sponsor. Video by 303’s Kenny Withrow.

Watch previous episodes:

60 Seconds in Kona – Day 3

60 Seconds in Kona – Day 2

60 Seconds in Kona – Day 1