Lukas Verzbicas is one of five U.S. high school runners in history to run a sub 4:00 minute mile. Out of high school he became a professional triathlete and won his first two races before breaking his back in a bike crash in July of 2012. This year has been all about recovery. Next up is Richard Muscio’s 5 miler on Thanksgiving morning November 28th in Oceanside. Lukas and Richard came in studio and the conversation was about Lukas’ career, his Olympic goals, and the upcoming race.
John Vande Velde is the father of cyclist Christian Vande Velde from the Garmin-Sharp team, and a 1968 and 1972 Olympian. Our conversation ranged from his amateur days to his Olympic experiences, to his appearance as one of the four Italian cyclists in Breaking Away, to the cycling achievements of his three kids, and to the upcoming Gran Fondo – www.christiansgranfondo.com that he and Christian are putting on in Chicago on September 28th.
The day after winning the ITU race in San Diego, the Olympic gold medalist – and the best triathlete in the world – Alistair Brownlee and I sat down for a Q&A in front of a huge Tri Club of San Diego audience. This young man is very special. Enjoy the audio from our interview.
Javier Gomez just might be the most versatile triathlete in the world today. Besides winning the Hy-Vee Triathlon last summer, along with the $151,000 prize purse, he also has won the 2013 Escape from Alcatraz, which is non-drafting, the 2012 XTERRA World Off Road Triathlon Championship during his first ever XTERRA race, and a Silver Medal at the 2012 Olympics in London. In that race he averaged 44K per hour on the bike before getting off and running a blistering 29:15 10K.
Before Lukas Verzbicas, the fifth high school runner to break the 4:00 minute mile and two-time Footlocker Cross Country National Champion, was wheeled into surgery after a horrific bike crash late last summer, his parents were told that there was a good chance he would never walk again. Lukas came in studio to go through his early days of running and triathlon, his accident, his comeback and his plans for 2013 and beyond.
Galen Rupp was named our 2012 Endurance LIVE competitor of the year. He came on to chat about meeting his long time coach Alberto Salazar, his training partner Mo Farah, and his Olympic silver medal at 10,000 meters.
Let’s start with the fact that Kiwi Bevan Docherty has two Olympic Triathlon medals, a silver from 2004 and a bronze from 2008. He has stepped up to the longer distances and could be a huge factor come Kona in October. In his first Ironman in his hometown of Taupo, New Zealand, all he did was win by ten minutes, run 2:49 and break the course record. Nuff said?
Ben Kanute is a 20 year old student at the University of Arizona who became a triathlete when he was all of 8 years old. His goal? To make it to Rio in 2016 as part of the U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team.