Tag: Ironman World Championship
At the age of 10, Angela Naeth watched the Ironman World Championship on TV and felt that one day she wanted to give that race a try. Coming off of a sixth place finish at Ironman Melbourne and a win at Ironman Hawaii 70.3, she just might be joining the best in the world at that legendary starting line in Kona on October 11th.
Allan Pitman is a 66 year old Aussie who will be racing his 40th Ironman in Kona this October and his 16th Ironman World Championship. We also think Allan will be the first triathlete in Kona to be racing with his grand daughter!
John Maclean was training to do a triathlon 26 years ago when he was hit by a truck while cycling and paralyzed from the waist down. John became, on his third attempt, the first handcycle athlete to finish the Ironman Triathlon World championship under all of the cut off times in 1997. He moved on from the Ironman and swam the English Channel, sailed in the infamous Sydney to Hobart race and competed in the Paralympics in rowing. Due to a new therapy technique, John is now able to walk the beach with his wife and son -check out 60 Minutes Australia for the unbelievable story- and his plan now is to race that same triathlon he was training for when he was paralyzed 26 years ago.
Pete Jacobs won the most important event in his sport, the Ironman Triathlon World Championship, in 2012. How did that win change his life, and how is he bouncing back from his tough race in Kona this past October?
What has four-time Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington been up to since she retired from triathlon after her come from behind win at the 2011 Ironman World Championship? Chrissie and I chatted about her possible political aspirations, how she helped lobby to get female cyclists their own race at the Tour de France, her amazing four year career, the events she will be doing this summer including the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race and, of course, that classic 2011 victory that helped to cement her unbelievable legacy in the sport of triathlon.
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.
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!