Thom Hunt set the indoor record for the mile in high school (4:02.7), was a seven-time NCAA All-American and set the American Record for 10,000 meters on the roads in 1981 with a 28:12. He was also Linda Sweeney’s boyfriend in 1981 and followed her on race day throughout the bike and run on a rented moped.
She only used two gears during the bike ride and had a basket on the front to keep her towel, her cassettes and her cassette player. White Punks on Dope was top of mind. From the reading the materials, Linda Sweeney thought the Ironman course in Hawaii was totally flat. Not quite. It’s hard to believe it has been 30 years since Sweeney won her first- and only- Ironman race.
John Howard was named America’s cyclist of the 70’s and was a three time Olympian, Ironman champion and Pan American Games Gold Medalist. He came on to talk about his new book Mastering Cycling, his Land Speed Record and his win at the Ironman 30 years ago.
Chrissie Wellington is simply the best female endurance athlete in the world right now. She came on with us to chat about her upcoming shot at becoming the third Ironman World Champion in history to win four titles in a row, joining Mark Allen and Paula Newby-Fraser.
Matt Reed raced for the US in the 2008 Olympic Triathlon in Beijing. He was nice enough to come on with us to break the news that in November he’ll be participating in his first ever Ironman event in Arizona.
Clayton Treska was diagnosed with Stage 4 Testicular cancer in July of 2009 and his doctors told him there was very little hope. Fortunately, Clayton never believed them and, against the odds, he just finished the Ironman 70.3 event in Kona, Hawaii.
Top American marathoner Ryan Hall has come down from altitude to San Diego to work on his speed. During our interview he put out a cool idea. He wants to team up with Michael Phelps and Lance Armstrong for charity to see how fast the three of them can get through an Ironman, relay style. How sweet would it be to see that happen?
Rob Englehardt did the Ironman when he was 14 years old back in 1981. The best part? He dropped Bob Babbitt like a stone at the finish.