For the past two years Cam Wurf has broken the Ironman World Championship bike course record and led off the bike. As a former Olympic rower and pro cyclist, Cam is simply one of the most unique talents – and personalities – to become part of our sport. Cam joined me to go through his race experience at the 2018 World Championship in Kona.
The day after the Ironman World Championship we interviewed the top 4 professional men and women finishers, filmed on location at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Interviews include: David McNamee, 3rd place; Sarah True, 4th place; Bart Aernouts, 2nd place; Daniela Ryf: Women’s Champion; Patrick Lange: Men’s Champion; Lucy Charles, 2nd place; Timothy O’Donnell, 4th place; and Anne Haug, 3rd place.
For the women’s race, there was big drama on race morning as word spread that the 3-time defending champion Chrissie Wellington had pulled out when she was too sick to start.
In the men’s and women’s pro races, we saw battles between multiple-win champions, and some second place finishes that left the fires burning for that top step.
After the drama of the Iron War race in 1989, in 1990, the drama came largely from the Big Island and the race day conditions. It was one of those brutal weather days, that took its toll.
2018 is the 40th anniversary of the Ironman World Championship, and I’m looking back at each of my years at the Hawaii Ironman, starting in 1980 on the island of Oahu.
Timothy O’Donnell has accomplished pretty much everything in his triathlon career. He has four top ten finishes in Kona, has been the top American there twice, won both the Ironman and Ironman 70.3 US Pro Championships, and gone 7:55:56 at Ironman Brazil.
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Meredith Kessler has completed 61 Ironman races in her career and won 11. Add to that twenty-two 70.3 wins and you have an epic career. Meredith is a new mom, an athlete about to turn 40, and a huge supporter of the Challenged Athletes Foundation.
Coach Jim Vance came on to chat about the Ironman 70.3 Texas champion Ben Kanute, Ben’s unique run/walk workouts that have helped him stay injury free, and Today’s Plan, which Jim is a huge fan of!