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.

 

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