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.
Michael Arnstein is 36 years old and is a father of three. He completed the Ironman in Hawaii four times with a personal best of 9:38, and has run some of the legendary ultra events like Badwater and the Leadville 100 and has a 100 mile PR of 12:57. In April he will run Boston for the 18th time in a row and he has completed over 100 marathons. So how does a guy go from a 2:45 marathon to a 2:28? Michael eats only fruits and vegetables -he is a Fruitarian- and he feels that has made all the difference in the world.
Jamie Whitmore has won more XTERRA events than any pro athlete in history. She ended up with 37 wins, five XTERRA USA Pro Championships and the XTERRA World Championship title in 2004. Her journey since the 2007 XTERRA World Championship race has been extraordinary to say the least. She now runs with crutches and rides the mountain bike basically with one leg. But she’ll be racing the Leadville 100 and her attitude is over the top. “Life doesn’t stop just because it changes,” Whitmore insists. “We can cry about how things are, or we can keep moving forward. I choose to move forward.”
Rebecca Rusch, 42, is hoping for a three-peat at the infamous Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race later this summer. Rusch has found that the older she gets, the faster she goes.
Ned Overend is one of the true endurance sports legends. And at the age of 55, the guy is still tough as nails.
Martin Franklin, who is a long time endurance athlete, wanted to do something to connect with his employees that involved fitness. So what did he do? Over ten days, he joined folks from 10 of the Jarden company locations for 10K runs. For a man who has completed Badwater, Ironman and the Leadville 100, his 10/10/10 experience turned out to be one of his best adventures ever.