Tag: Ironman World Champion
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.
It was a classic. The three-time Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander dueling it out with 10-time Ironman New Zealand Champion Cam Brown at the first ever Ironman Melbourne. Crowie came on to chat about the race, how he has changed his game through the years, and the challenges he faces balancing his racing, training, traveling and promotional opportunities with spending quality time with his wife, Neri, and their two young children. Craig also talks about the possibility of Lance, Lieto, Macca, himself, the Raelert brothers, and so many others going head-to-head in Kona in October.
Before the 2011 Ironman World Championship, the best battle of the day was expected to be between the 2010 champion-Mirinda Carfrae-and the three-time champion-Chrissie Wellington. The racing was spectacular. Mirinda Carfrae came on to discuss the day.
It’s been twelve days since Craig Alexander won his third Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. Now back home in Australia with his family, Crowie took time out to reflect on his season and how he was able to win two world titles in a span of only four weeks.
In my mind, you define a champion by how they handle adversity. On Saturday October 8, 2011, Chrissie Wellington overcame anything and everything that stood in her way to win her fourth-and most impressive-Ford Ironman World Championship title. A week after race day she came on to go through the bike crash, her recovery, her race day challenges and what just might be the greatest win of her amazing career.
She is, in our humble opinion, the greatest female endurance athlete on the planet right now. Chrissie Wellington, the three time Ironman World Champion, will be heading back to Kona for an October 8th showdown with Australia’s Mirinda Carfrae, the 2010 Ironman World Champion. In this candid conversation Chrissie talks about the disappointment she dealt with after illness forced her to pull out of the race last October, her 8:18:13 Ironman Distance World Record this summer in Roth, Germany that included an eye popping 2:44 marathon and how she is looking forward to going after her fourth title in Kona.