As a youngster, Luke McKenzie would work the aid station toward the end of the Ironman Australia marathon. Who knew that one day he’d go on to win five Ironman titles and become one of the world’s top pro triathletes?
Ken McAlpine is a long-time author and friend of Competitor Radio whose second non-fiction book, Together We Jump, was recently released. It’s an awesome read. Find out more about Kenny and all of his books at www.kenmcalpine.com.
Eric Orton was Christopher McDougall’s coach while McDougall wrote the huge best seller ‘Born to Run.’ Now Orton has a book of his own called ‘The Cool Impossible’ that is a must read for any rookie or seasoned endurance athlete. Orton is also a great interview.
Larry Turkheimer created a program called the Coast 2 Coast Swim Challenge three years ago with the help and support of the LA Tri Club. The program has now helped to teach 1654 inner city youngsters how to swim. 250 supporters are expected to gather at the Culver City Municipal Pool on Sunday, June 2nd to swim and help raise money for the program. For more information the website is www.coast2coastswim.com
Baron Herdelin Doherty, who oversees the YMCAs in San Diego, was on a short bike ride on a protected bike path near his home on June 1, 2011 when a driver lost control of his vehicle and the car flew off the road, over an embankment and hit Baron and another cyclist. The other cyclist was killed instantly and Baron’s injuries were extensive. A few weeks before the second anniversary of the crash, Baron came in studio to tell the story of the crash, his recovery and his return to racing.
He was one of the first great male British triathletes, a two-time ITU world champion and a man with a true sense of style. Spencer Smith came on with us to chat about his short course and Ironman career, his rivalry with Simon Lessing, and to share some hilarious stories from his days in the sport.