Tag: Ironman World Champion
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.
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.
Tim DeBoom is the last American to win the Ironman World Championship, back in 2001 and 2002. Tim wrote an article for the latest edition of Inside Triathlon and came on the show to talk about who he feels can end the drought and his thoughts on Ironman’s pro qualification process.
Dave Scott is the six-time Ironman World Champion, Mr. October, and a man who is never afraid to express his opinion. Does he feel Lance Armstrong’s penalty is too harsh? Yes. Does he feel the cyclists who testified against Lance got off too easy? Yes. Would Dave still like to see Lance racing the Ironman in Kona? Absolutely.
Craig Alexander is the three-time Ironman World Champion and the Ironman World Championship course record holder. He came on with Huddle and me to chat about, among other subjects, his 2012 race in Kona, how he has changed his training and racing now that he is almost 40, and what might have happened if Lance Armstrong had raced in Kona this past October.
Greg Welch is an Ironman champion, an Ironman Hall of Fame inductee and one of the best all-around triathletes to ever squeeze into a pair of racing flats. In 1999 he finished 11th in Kona and ran a 2:46 marathon off the bike, but that’s just the beginning of the story. During the race he was forced to stop three times each during the swim and run and then another dozen or more times during the bike ride. Why? He was getting light headed and was having problems breathing because, as he found out later, his heart was beating out of control and was topping out at over 300 beats per minute.
So what happens after you become the Ironman World Champion? Plenty! Three weeks after the biggest win of his life, Pete Jacobs came on to take us through the months and weeks leading into Kona and the blow-by-blow of race day.
Funny story. The evening before this chat, Pete was in Noosa having dinner with fellow Aussies three-time Ironman World champion Craig Alexander and two-time Ironman World Champion Chris McCormack. A fan came up and wanted to get a photo…..with Crowie and Macca. “Pete, it just shows that winning only once doesn’t quite do it,” laughed Crowie.
Three-time Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander came on to chat about the impact Lance Armstrong had on his decision to race Kona this year, how the race changes without Chris Lieto in it, and his preparation for a shot at win number four in Kona.