Tag: Ironman Arizona
Amy Dodson may have lost both a leg and a lung to cancer, but nothing ever slows her down. This past fall she raced two Ironman events within a month of each other, one in Kona and one in Arizona. When she’s not teaching fourth graders reading, writing and arithmetic, she’s teaching the rest of us that life is about living every day to the absolute fullest.
Eric Byrnes had some great years playing Major League baseball. But his true passion now is swimming, cycling and running. He finished the 2011 Ironman Arizona in under 11 hours and he came on with us just a few short weeks before the inaugural Ironman New York City.
How good is Paul Amey? Good enough to go 8:01 at Ironman Arizona this past November and, some people feel, good enough to win pretty much any time he’s on the start list. Plus, who else races a wet and slippery Columbia Muddy Buddy dressed in costume a week or two before his most important Ironman race of the year?
Rudy Garcia-Tolson had both legs amputated above the knee when he was only five years old. At the age of six he discovered swimming and in 2004 he went 2:42 for the 200 IM, set the world record, and won the Gold Medal in the Paralympics. In Beijing in 2008 he won Gold again and in 2009 he became the first double above knee amputee to finish an Ironman Triathlon when he completed Ironman Arizona. So what does the 22 year old do for an encore? He’s training for the Paralympics in London for swimming, and at the Endeavor Games this past weekend he ran 5:22 for 1500 meters, 32 for 200 meters and 64 for 400 meters. Try that with no legs!
The newly crowned Leadman Triathlon Champion, Jordan Rapp, was in San Diego for a Q&A with Bob in front of a packed house from Tri Club of San Diego. Jordan went through his pre-triathlon rowing career at Princeton, his move to triathlon, his Ironman Canada and Ironman Arizona wins and, of course, his comeback from a horrific hit-and-run accident in March of 2010.
She is one of the very best endurance athletes in the world and is getting ready for Ironman South Africa. Chrissie Wellington took an hour out of her day to chat about everything from drug testing, her disappointment over not being able to race Kona last October, and her unbelievable 8:19- and 2:48 marathon- in Roth, Germany in the summer of 2010.
Tom Sanchez was just driving home from work when his life changed forever. The 2009 Ironman Arizona champion, Jordan Rapp, had just been involved in a horrific accident and was bleeding to death on the pavement. Sanchez’s quick actions not only saved Rapp’s life, they also created a life-long bond between the two.
Jordan Rapp was on a major roll in 2009. After a fourth place at Wildflower, the Princeton graduate and former top rower won Ironman Canada and Ironman Arizona. Out for a training ride in March of 2010, his life changed forever when he was hit by a hit and run driver and nearly bled to death. He is now back and hoping to defend his title in Arizona. The fact that he will be racing only eight months after the accident is amazing.