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.

Could an American Win in Kona This Year?

From Triathlete.com
by Susan Lacke

The last time an American won the Ironman World Championship, My Big Fat Greek Wedding was showing in movie theaters. Kelly Clarkson had just won the first-ever season of American Idol, and the world was gearing up for the winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, UT. That was the year that American Tim DeBoom won in Kona with a time of 8:29:56. DeBoom’s time would be considered slow by today’s pro standards, set by a wave of Australian and German athletes who have inched ever closer to the sub-8 mark, leaving Americans in their dust. In the women’s race, the drought has lasted even longer, as an American hasn’t won since 1996.

Could 2018 be the year the USA takes back the Kona crown? This year’s American athletes provide some of the best odds for a Kona win since…well, Kelly Clarkson won American Idol. The top bets for an American victory in Kona:

Women

American Heather Jackson. Photo: Oliver Baker

Heather Jackson
The 2016 third-place finisher is hungrier than ever for the win. Her 9:02:29 finish in Kona last year was less than a minute behind third-place finisher Sarah Crowley, and the experience fueled her all-in mentality for 2018. Her wire-to-wire win at Ironman Lake Placid in July, where she clocked a 9:18:49, shows she’s in top form and ready to rumble.

Linsey Corbin
With 11 appearances on the Kona start line, Corbin has more experience at this race than anyone else in the pro ranks, male or female. Within those years are three top-ten finishes and countless lessons on mastering the Kona game. She’s the fastest American female in history, holding an Ironman record of 8:42:42. Her recent “back-to-basics” approach to training has focused on consistency, recovery, and balance. She went ahead and nabbed her Kona 2019 spot with a win at Ironman Wisconsin in September. Will the decision to race such a late 140.6 help or hurt her Kona chances? We’ll find out!

Jocelyn McCauley
In only her first pro race at the Ironman World Championships, McCauley finished 10th place in 9:21:08. She backed up that breakthrough race with a third-place finish at Ironman New Zealand in March, and has been laser-focused on Kona since, taking the lessons she learned in her rookie year to improve for her second go-around. She looked sharp at Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa, where she finished fourth in a strong field that included three-time Ironman world champion Mirinda Carfrae.

Sarah Piampiano
Piampiano hasn’t finished off the podium in 2018—in five 70.3 and full starts this year, she’s taken five top-three finishes, including a win at 70.3 Lima and second place at Ironman Brazil. Can she keep the trend rolling in Kona? It’s certainly feasible—a look at her performance since turning pro in 2012 has shown a strictly upward trajectory, and Piampiano shows no signs of letting up.

Sarah True
The two-time Olympian made the jump to racing Ironman this year, and what a jump it was: True nailed her first-ever attempt at the distance, taking second place at the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt with a time of 9:05:19. The first-place finisher? Defending Ironman world champion Daniela Ryf. True, who will be making her Kona debut this year, is a dark horse, but her history at both short-course and the 70.3 distance shows she’s got the chops to take on big names and high stakes.

 

Men

Ben Hoffman. Photo: Oliver Baker

Ben Hoffman
Hoffman is the closest America has come to the top step of the podium in recent years, taking second place in 2014. Though he’s had some stellar races since, including a sub 8-hour performance at Ironman South Africa in 2017, this year has been a bit of a mixed bag. A bike crash during the Cape Epic mountain bike race derailed his plans to defend his title at Ironman South Africa; Hoffman struggled from the start of the race and finished in a personal worst time of 12:06:48. He finished second at both 70.3 Boulder and 70.3 Santa Cruz.

Timothy O’Donnell
With his third-place finish at Kona in 2015, O’Donnell is most recent American male to podium. His 8:00:54 performance at this year’s Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship was good enough for fourth place in a strong field that included many Kona qualifiers for this year. His superpower in Kona seems to be heat management—where others wilt on the bike and run, O’Donnell thrives.

Andy Potts
At 41 years old, Potts is the elder statesman of the race, but he can still mix it up with the young guns. Potts was the top American finisher at last year’s World Championship, clocking an 8:14:13 (including a blistering 2:50:27 marathon) to take seventh place. He’s come close to the top spot before, finishing fourth in 2014 and 2015, and is known for tweaking his routine to accommodate what he learns each time he races Kona. Will 2018 be the year he finally cracks the code?

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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.

30 DAYS TO KONA – Friday Fun – Khem’s Spectathlete Must Haves!

Khem’s Spectathlete Must-Haves

We all know that spectating at a race, especially a long-distance one like IRONMAN, can be an endurance sport in itself. There’s nothing worse than trying to capture those special moments when your athlete rolls by and your smartphone is dead. So after many years of supporting athletes and working behind the fences at various races, I’ve found some must have items to add to your race-sherpa toolbox! Race day tested, Khem approved!

 


Cairn™ Lantern + Power Bank & Neve® Lightning Cable

What’s one of the biggest frustrations of being a race Sherpa? Dead phone? Tangled up lightning cable? Well, the folks at Lander have developed a handful of products that bridge the gap between the outdoors and technology. I’ve been lucky enough to give a few of their products a whirl, and I will tell you, I am thoroughly impressed.

The Cairn™ Lantern + Power Bank is exactly what it is. A lantern and power bank in one. It has a built-in multi-axis lanyard, allowing you to attach the light wherever you need it. The stitching in the lanyard, Illumifind™, is reflective and makes it easy to find in the dark. Just shine a light and it pops out! Want to take it to the next level? Their Cairn™ XL Smart Lantern is Bluetooth compatible. Via the free Cairn XL app, you can control power, dimming, color, light alarms, proximity lighting, battery settings, and light strobe.

Well, what’s the use of having a power bank if you don’t any cables? Lander outdid themselves with the Neve®Lightning Cable. Available in Lightning to USB, micro-USB, USB-C, and lengths of 3 feet or 10. Yep, 10 feet of charging bliss!!! Like their power banks, the cables feature the signature Illumiweave® reflective technology that makes it easy to find in the dark. They are also made of nylon in a flat, tangle-free design and long Everpull® connectors, avoiding breakage where most cables fail. Their lifetime warranty also stacks up to their claim that you’ll never need to buy a new cable. My cable has seen a fair amount of action with all the travel and race spectating, and so far I’m giving it a two thumbs up!

 


myCharge

Ever in a spot where you need an outlet and there’s none to be found? I have for sure!!! The myCharge Portable Power Outlet is a great solution for all those “need to plug in the wall” electronics. This device also has two USB-A ports and one USB-C port, so it’s like having a mini-generator and power bank in one device. Fully charged, there’s enough juice to run a 34-inch LED TV for up to four hours and the power bank recharges 50% faster than its competitors.

The easy to read light up screen tells you how much juice is left in the unit and the output of power, USB or power outlet. The durable rubber-like casing protects the myCharge from dings and scratches – no need to worry if it accidently gets knocked off the table. During long-haul flights or airport gate areas where power outlets are either scarce or non-existent, the myCharge Portable Power Outlet has kept my laptop and other electronics fired up so I don’t miss a beat! Definitely worth the investment if you aren’t not quite ready for going totally off the grid or have a plethora of electronic devices to charge up while your athlete is out racing!

 


Edifier MP100 Mini Bluetooth Speaker

As an athlete, I will tell you that hearing awesome tunes as you’re running by is such a great pick-me-up. As a spectathlete, it’s a great way to rally others around you and keep the energy high throughout a race. The Edifier MP100 Mini Bluetooth Speaker was a great companion while I was kayaking across Skaha Lake during the most recent Ultra 520K Canada race. The splash proof exterior ensured I had tunes regardless if the waves started to kick up. The clip at the top of the speaker made it easy to latch onto wherever I needed it. I was also impressed by the sound quality, and at times had to turn down the volume because it packs quite the punch. I also took it with me skiing, and through my pockets I could hear my music crystal clear. The speaker also doubles as a speakerphone so you can take calls hands free and keep on about your business.

 


The Tinkle Belle

I know what you all are thinking, but sometimes you’re stuck out in the middle of nowhere and nature decides to call…and for us ladies, squatting sometimes can be inconvenient. The Tinkle Belle is ergonomically design to fit the female undercarriage, minimizing the chance for leaks and splash backs. It also comes with a handy case that is waterproof lined just in the event there are a few drops left, and attached with a small carabiner making it super easy to transport. A few months ago at a pre-race briefing, when asked if there would be porto-potties along the course, the race director kindly responded with “You have 520km of bathroom at your disposal.” Disclaimer: Don’t use on private property and be discreet. Just because your friend/brother/boyfriend/husband pees in whatever corner they wish, doesn’t mean it’s okay…but pee freely standing up ladies!!

 

 


All these spectathlete must-haves (and more) will be making their way to Kona for the IRONMAN World Championship in my luggage. If you’re curious as to what other goodies will make the trip, feel free to reach out via email at khem@303colorado.com or comment on this article’s 303Triathlon Facebook post. See y’all on the Big Island!! Aloha!!

 


Khem Suthiwan is a staff content editor/media correspondent with 303 Endurance Network, a triathlete, triathlon coach with Mile High Multisport, IRONMAN Foundation Ambassador Athlete, member of the Palmares Racing Cycling Team, avid skier, SCUBA diver, finisher of the 2015 IRONMAN World Championship, and a Colorado resident since January 2001.

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

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

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“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.

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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.

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.

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.

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