Mark Allen joined us to take a look back at Ironman 2013. His insight into why people were running fast off the bike in Kona-or not-was fascinating. We also discussed the issue of older pro triathletes, like three-time champion Craig Alexander, racing two full Ironman races a year rather than just one. As someone who won his last Ironman in 1995 at the age of 37, The Grip certainly is a great resource for this topic.
Marko Cheseto grew up in Kenya and ended up running at the University of Alaska at Anchorage. He had no idea what snow looked like or where it came from before arriving there. He was a 29 minute 10K guy who ended up losing both legs below the knee. He is back running 39 minutes for 10K and 65 seconds for 400 meters. His goal now is to get the Paralympic Games in Rio in 2016. He came in studio with Huddle and me to share his unbelievable story.
Gwen Jorgensen swam her first few years at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and then decided to run for the school for two seasons while also getting her CPA. She ended up winning Big 10 titles at both the 3,000 and the 5,000 meters in 2009. Barb Lindquist from USA Triathlon, formerly the number one triathlete in the world, discovered Gwen and asked her if she’d be interested in learning to race a bike and becoming a professional triathlete.
In 2011 Gwen made the U.S. Olympic Triathlon team, in maybe her 15th ever triathlon and, after racing in the 2012 Olympic triathlon in London, she won three WTS races in 2013 and has established herself as one of the best female triathletes in the world. She came on to talk about what has been an unbelievable transformation.
Bart Aernouts from Belgium finished 11th last year in Kona with an amazing 2:47:10 marathon. As a former top duathlete, Aernouts has had to learn to become a swimmer and has spent the last few years paying his dues. When you look at his one hour swim and 4:45 bike ride from last year’s Ironman, the fact that he finished 11th is unbelievable. But when you look at his splits from his second place finish at Ironman France this summer: 51:32 for the swim, 4:38:29 for the ride and 2:37:01 for the run, he obviously has improved a ton in the last 12 months. He is 29 years old and, if he can hook up with the second swim pack in Kona and cut five minutes or so off of last year’s swim time, watch out!
by Bob Babbitt | Oct 04, 2013 | | Comments Off
Chief Executive Tracey Russell from the Asics LA Marathon (lamarathon.com) came on the show to chat about their plans for the March 9th event, the opening of registration for what is sure to be another sold out race, the Stadium to the Sea point-to-point course, and the possibility of the LA Marathon becoming the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.