Mirinda Carfrae is having a pretty awesome 2013. First she won her second Ironman World Championship, broke the course record and out-ran all of the male pros. Next up is her wedding to fellow pro Tim O’Donnell.
Two great American runners, Meb Keflezighi and Bob Kennedy, are now both part owners of Movin’ Shoes, three San Diego based running stores. Bob came on to chat about his running career, which included 16 Big Ten track titles at Indiana University, the first ever sub-13 minute 5000 by a non-African, four USATF 5,000 meter national championships, American records at 3,000 meters, two miles and 5,000, plus a spot on the 1996 U.S. Olympic team.
Woody Woodburn is an award winning newspaper columnist whose new book is called Wooden & Me: Life Lessons from My Two-Decade Friendship with the Legendary Coach. Woodburn took walks with UCLA’s legendary coach plus traded letters and phone calls with the Wizard of Westwood for over 20 years. What he learned from Coach Wooden also drove the former 2:58 marathoner to get back into running after nearly dying in a car crash. Since then he has put together a running streak where he has run at least three miles every day for over 10 ½ years.
Lukas Verzbicas is one of five U.S. high school runners in history to run a sub 4:00 minute mile. Out of high school he became a professional triathlete and won his first two races before breaking his back in a bike crash in July of 2012. This year has been all about recovery. Next up is Richard Muscio’s 5 miler on Thanksgiving morning November 28th in Oceanside. Lukas and Richard came in studio and the conversation was about Lukas’ career, his Olympic goals, and the upcoming race.
The book from VeloPress is called Land of Second Chances, The Impossible Rise of Rwanda’s Cycling Team. Author Tim Lewis came on to chat about the nation of Rwanda, where 800,000 people were slaughtered in the span of just 100 days back in 1994, and the diverse cast of characters that come to life on the pages of his book: Jock Boyer, the first American to race the Tour de France back in 1981, mountain bike pioneer Tom Ritchey, and Rwandan cyclist and mountain bike Olympian Adrien Niyonshuti. The book is fascinating to say the least and Tim was a great interview.
Eric Lagerstrom, Joe Maloy, and Jason Pedersen are three up and coming young triathletes training together in San Diego with hopes of one day making the U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team. How do you live and train with people you have to try and beat on race day?