Get to Know our 2018 Team Colorado Kona Athletes

ELLEN HART

*What kind of bike do you ride? Trek Speed Concept 9.9–white with multicolored stripes.

*Where did you qualify for the Ironman World Championships? Qualified at Hawaii 70.3, June 2.

*How many Ironman races have you done? This will be my 13th IM.

*How many times have you raced Kona? This will be my 10th Kona IM.

*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? Walking down Alii Drive both the day before the race and the day after, and taking it all in, reflecting on the magic of race day. Other, just in case that’s too connected to the race!: going to the state park beach between town of Kona and the airport (I forget the name of it).

*What is your favorite bike training route? What else? The Queen K!

*What is your favorite post workout/post race treat? Chocolate shake with extra protein.

*What was one unexpected occurrence on your path to Kona? Unexpectedly, my foot has been injured since March, and hasn’t healed. So this will be a very different Kona for me this year, just doing the swim and bike. It is not the way I’d intended to wind up my Kona and IM chapter, but there will be different gifts that day. I will try to be alert to receive them!

*Who do you think will win the pro men’s and women’s races this year? Wouldn’t it be fun if Mirinda Carfrae and Tim O’Donnell both won!?!

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.

Get to Know our 2018 Team Colorado Kona Athletes

MATT CHRABOT (PRO)

*Where did you qualify for the Ironman World Championships? I won IM Mar del Plata in Argentina last December

*How many Ironman races have you done? 6

*How many times have you raced Kona? This will be #2

*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?

*What is your favorite bike training route? Hill reps on Flagstaff Road in Boulder

*What is your favorite post workout/post race treat? Ice cold beer.

*What was one unexpected occurrence on your path to Kona? I didn’t expect PPR Team, an Italian Triathlon Team to reach out and ask me to represent them in 2018

*Who do you think will win the pro men’s and women’s races this year? Me.

TRINY WILLERTON

*What kind of bike do you ride? Argon18

*Where did you qualify for the Ironman World Championships? I was granted a slot by the Ironman Foundation and Women for Tri

*How many Ironman races have you done? 7

*How many times have you raced Kona? 0

*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? We are attending several events hosted by the Ironman Foundation including a an event on Monday to give back to the community.

*What is your favorite bike training route? It has changed since my accident I know enjoy going up left hand canyon a lot.

*What is your favorite post workout/post race treat? I love ice cream

*What was one unexpected occurrence on your path to Kona? I got hit by a truck on May 8th. It has been an incredible journey of support from the community and self discovery.

*Who do you think will win the pro men’s and women’s races this year? Tim Don and Miranda Carfrae

Get to Know Our 2018 Team Colorado Kona Athletes

RICK KISER

*What kind of bike do you ride? I ride a red kestrel talon

*Where did you qualify for the Ironman World Championships? I qualified through legacy. My 12 race was Cozumel 2015.

*How many Ironman races have you done? I have done 15 Ironman races (2 iron distance but non ironman brand so total of the distance 17).

*How many times have you raced Kona? I have never raced Kona previously.

*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 non-race activity is scuba diving.

*What is your favorite bike training route? The majority of my bike training has been on my trainer, much safer than being on the roads ! no crazy drivers swerving at me, yelling at me or throwing things at me.

*What is your favorite post workout/post race treat? Favorite post race treat is a beer and a burger. Then cheesecake !

*What was one unexpected occurrence on your path to Kona? The unexpected occurrence is it taking so long to finally get here !

*Who do you think will win the pro men’s and women’s races this year? I think Frodeno, Jan for men and Ryf, Daniela for the women.

ROB LADEWIG

*What kind of bike do you ride? I will be on a FELT (mostly black) tri bike

*Where did you qualify for the Ironman World Championships? I got this years slot at IM Boulder in June

*How many Ironman races have you done? This years Kona will be my 39 full IM

*How many times have you raced Kona? This year will make my 10th trip to compete in the World Championships

*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? While not racing I like to head up to Volcano National Park and catch the lava flows

*What is your favorite bike training route? I ride on the Air Force Academy down here in the Springs because it is safe and somewhat bike friendly.

*What is your favorite post workout/post race treat? Macadamia Nut Ice Cream

*What was one unexpected occurrence on your path to Kona? A one minute, seventeen second win at Boulder. Very close race, with a come from behind win at mile 17 on the marathon.

*Who do you think will win the pro men’s and women’s races this year?  I am not sure who will win either race but I sure hope Andy Potts has a great race.

**Featured in 2016 IM Boulder Athlete Video

SARAH PELTIER

*What kind of bike do you ride? Dimond

*Where did you qualify for the Ironman World Championships? Chattanooga

*How many Ironman races have you done? 10 if you count the one I DNF’d on the run due to my heel breaking at mile 3.

*How many times have you raced Kona? Once before

*What is your favorite non-race activity on the Big Island? So many things to choose from! It’s a three way tie between the Kanaloa Octopus Farm, Da Poke Shack, and Volcanoes National Park.

*What is your favorite bike training route? St Vrain canyon up from Lyons, stop off for a chat @ the Raymond General Store, then P2P to Ward and back down.

*What is your favorite post workout/post race treat? Fritos & rice pudding. So weird I know.

*What was one unexpected occurrence on your path to Kona? This spring I had a last minute opportunity to race in a team sponsored by Strava in The Speed Project – a 340 mile running relay from LA to Las Vegas. Some parts of that race were more mentally challenging than Ironman!

*Who do you think will win the pro men’s and women’s races this year? Rooting for Rinny and True but have to go with Ryf. And with Frodo out I’m going with Lange.

Get to Know our 2018 Team Colorado Kona Athletes

BRETT KESSLER

*What kind of bike do you ride? Blue-Triad SL (black with yellow)

*Where did you qualify for the Ironman World Championships? I got in through a charity slot with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. I coached with them from 2002 -2010. My qualifying race was the Hanu Half IM in June.

*How many Ironman races have you done? This will be my first IM.

*How many times have you raced Kona? Hanu Half…

*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? Surfing!!!!!

*What is your favorite bike training route? I have been riding the windy rolling hills between Aurora Sports Park and Bennett, CO….

*What is your favorite post workout/post race treat? Anything I can get in my mouth!

*What was one unexpected occurrence on your path to Kona? The overwhelming amount of support from my patients ( I am a dentist), community, colleagues, family and friends.

*Who do you think will win the pro men’s and women’s races this year? I am pulling from Merideth Kessler (namesake, but no relation). Not sure about the men’s race.

Here is an article that brings together why I am doing this race/fundraiser.

Cancer Breakthroughs

 

JEFFREY LAMPE

*What kind of bike do you ride? Red Felt IA16

*Where did you qualify for the Ironman World Championships? For me Qualifying was a little different being part of the Physically Challenged Division Lottery. First my name was chosen, next I had to complete 1 half Iron. I did two one in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho and another in Boulder CO.

*How many Ironman races have you done? At this point 2 70.3 races, no fulls.

*How many times have you raced Kona? First Time

*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 excited to try out surfing and to see a volcano.

*What is your favorite bike training route? I like to ride from Boulder, CO up around Carter lake down the North Side and up to Masonville, then Back to Boulder.

*What is your favorite post workout/post race treat? Either a chocolate Shake and/ or a cheeseburger from Five Guys.

*What was one unexpected occurrence on your path to Kona? 4 Flat tires in Coure D’ Alene, and basically going to Kona all together.

*Who do you think will win the pro men’s and women’s races this year? I honestly can’t say but I have met a few this year at the Boulder Reservoir or in Colorado Multisport shop, all were willing to help me out, truly amazing group of people from this sport!

Faces in Kona: Meet Erich Manser – 2018 Athlete

USABA File Photo – Erich Manser with pilot

Couch to Kona: How one mile at a time led to a dream of Kona

An Ironman triathlon is no small feat. Athletes must endure a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and finish the race with a 26.2-mile run. The best of the best flood the town of Kona, Hawaii, each October to participate in the Ironman World Championships. One man never thought he would be there. At one point in his life, he did not even think sports were possible for him. Stuck in a rut of preconceived notions and doubts, Erich Manser needed to find freedom. Little did he know, that need for freedom would take him all over the country.

Erich Manser is one of only five para-triathletes set to take on the Ironman World Championships in October this year after being selected via the Physically Challenged Athlete lottery. Currently, this is the only way for athletes with physical disabilities, with the exception of hand cyclists who have a qualifying circuit of races, to qualify for the World Championships in Kona.

Read the full article here

 

Get to Know our 2018 Team Colorado Kona Athletes

A.J. JOHNSON

My best friend who I coached qualified for Kona via the Legacy Program. Sadly, he passed suddenly on April 19 and I am racing in his honor. The full story can be found on the D3 Multisport website.

*What kind of bike do you ride? Bike – Alchemy – This is Joe’s bike. He was 6’3″ and I’m 5’10” Thankfully the guys at Colorado Multisport were able to fit me to the bike well enough.

*Where did you qualify for the Ironman World Championships? Qualified via invitation from IM

*How many Ironman races have you done?

*How many times have you raced Kona? I’ve raced Kona 3 times – 04, 05, 06.

*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 the turtles, coffee tours, cliff jumping.

*What is your favorite bike training route? Heading south towards Captain Cook.

*What is your favorite post workout/post race treat? Giant burger

*What was one unexpected occurrence on your path to Kona? This whole experience this year was unexpected. I found in June that I would be racing.

*Who do you think will win the pro men’s and women’s races this year? Winners: Frodeno and Ryf. Lionel Sanders with Frodeno out.

 

KRISTIN LOUDERBACK

1. What kind of bike do you ride? Cervelo P2

2. Where did you qualify for IM World Champs? IM Boulder

3. How many IM races have you done? 2 full Ironman (2013 Coeur d’Alene in 13:10; 2018 Boulder in 10:23) 2 IM 70.3 (2018 Florida in April and Steelhead in August)…. and Harvest Moon in 2011 or so
I focused on the marathon for the past few years, trying to qualify for the Trials. Came kinda close 2:48 in 2015, but kept getting hurt during subsequent tries, so finally last winter I decided to put that on hold and do a 70.3, then IM… and now I’m hooked 😉 Anyway that’s why I don’t have a ton of IM race experience.

4. How many times have you raced Kona? ZERO. When I did my first Ironman in 2013 I don’t even know if I knew what Kona was, except it was for fast people and I didn’t need to worry about qualifying.

5. What is your favorite non-race activity on the Big Island? I haven’t raced Kona before, but my now husband (then boyfriend!) qualified 2 years ago so I’ve been there during IM week. We are both pumped about the plentiful availability of yummy açaí bowls and shave ice. We just got married in July (a month after we both did IM Boulder) and one of us had to qualify to get us to a honeymoon in Hawaii. Glad I pulled through ; ) We are staying the week after for a little R&R to enjoy the Big Island! Maybe a few little hikes and beach/water activities, but mostly just relaxing sounds amazing (I say that now…. when I get there might be a different story haha!)

6. What is your favorite bike training route? I didn’t ride a bike for almost 5 years, so when I decided to get back into triathlon in December, I got a new bike (much much better than my old road bike!). I only had a few months of riding outside before IM Boulder, since it wasn’t warm enough to ride until about March/April… so I only rode the course. Might as well learn every crack and turn and climb since it’s in my backyard. Over and over and over again. Now I’ve ventured off of the IM course and LOVE LOVE LOVE doing repeats up Lefthand Canyon. The best is to see how fast I can get from Greenbriar to the split to Ward.

7. Favorite post workout/race treat? Fro-yo, only after a race. Sometimes I have some gummy bears or other gummy snacks as a treat on Sundays, but this close to race day it’s time to focus and keep it clean. But I can’t WAIT for some fro-yo after the race!!

8. One unexpected occurrence on your path to Kona? Hmmm I don’t know, I guess getting interviewed for a podcast! Kona Kamps. That was cool. Otherwise I can’t say anything has been terribly unexpected.

9. Who will win pro races? Who I am rooting for: Rinny and Tim, of course!!!! Who will probably win: Daniela and Lionel. Lucy will be in the mix too, for sure.

Tri Club Tuesday: Oktoberfest Collegiate Racing

Without Limits Productions Oktoberfest Sprint Triathlon at Union Reservoir in Longmont this past weekend served as host for both the NCAA Women’s West Regional Qualifier and the Zarzur Cup – Mountain Collegiate Triathlon Conference Race.

It was a beautiful day to race and the competition was fierce.

CU Boulder’s Jack Toland and Seth Kurtz took the top two steps on the podium in the Men’s Non-Draft race.  CSU’s Ian King took third.  All three, finishing the course in well under and hour.

In the women’s race, USAFA athlete Kelly Grier took home the top prize, while Sophie Hererra and Ali O’Donnell from CU were close on her heals to take second and third.

In the Draft Legal race, Nick Dorsett from the University of Utah took the over all win for the men followed by Thomas Raney and Roy Madrid, both from CU.

ASU swept the podium in the NCAA Women’s Draft Legal West Regional Qualifier race.  Hannah Henry, Charlotte Ahrens and Kate Gorczyca crowned the podium.

 

Complete results can be found here

 

 

 

Get To Know Our 2018 Team Colorado Kona Athletes

KYLE HUGHES

*What kind of bike do you ride? I ride a dark blue Cervelo P2 with black HED wheels. White Rudy project helmet with visor. Will have white hat on during run.

*Where did you qualify for the Ironman World Championships? I won a spot at Kona through the Ironman lottery drawing. So got super lucky.

*How many Ironman races have you done? This will actually be my first full Ironman. I have done a couple half iron races including the Boulder 70.3 in August.

*How many times have you raced Kona? This will be my first time racing Kona.

*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 Have been to big island several times and really like to go coffee tasting at some of the plantations. Also like to go watch the lava flow into the ocean from Kilauea before the sun comes up, really cool to see. Kona brewery is a mandatory stop as well.

*What is your favorite bike training route? My favorite training ride route is anything on the rural roads outside of Boulder. Great roads with bike friendly drivers.

*What is your favorite post workout/post race treat? Best post race treat is a huge cheeseburger and a beer at Avery Brewery.

*What was one unexpected occurrence on your path to Kona? The most unexpected occurrence on my road to Kona is that I actually get to race Kona! I couldn’t believe my ears when I got the call from Ironman saying I had won.

*Who do you think will win the pro men’s and women’s races this year? Before today’s news that Jan Frodeno was out with a stress fracture I would have picked him to win the men’s race, now I will go with Lionel Sanders for the men Daniela Ryf for the women’s race, but I will be pulling for Mirinda Carfrae.

BOB McRAE

*What kind of bike do you ride? -Dimond

*Where did you qualify for the Ironman World Championships? -IM-Boulder

*How many Ironman races have you done? -Full IM’s: 16

*How many times have you raced Kona? -4x: 2007, 2014, 2015, 2016

*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? -Spending some much needed down-time with the family after

*What is your favorite bike training route? -The IM-Boulder routes

*What is your favorite post workout/post race treat? -Recently, it’s become a warmed cheese danish and two sausage and cheddar sandwiches from Starbucks

*What was one unexpected occurrence on your path to Kona? -Being sidetracked with illness and rediscovering health — a few times! It’s given me a new appreciation for health and hunger for the pursuit of personal perfection

*Who do you think will win the pro men’s and women’s races this year? -Women: easy…Ryf -Men: I hope it’s Sanders