I had the chance to meet Patrick Baldwin during Ironman week in Kona back in October. He’s a great guy and a great triathlete as he broke the 10-hour mark in his first ever Ironman race. I think you’ll agree that Patrick’s motivation and class is as admirable as anyone in our sport. I hope you enjoy some excerpts from our conversation.
Sean Boyle posted a time of 9:44:27 at Ironman Hawaii on 10/18/03 becoming the undisputed Ironman World Champion of the Triathlon Club of San Diego. Amidst other interviews, sponsorship deals, photo shoots and time with his fan club, I talked Ironman with Sean. Please take a moment and enjoy getting to know our very own World Champion.
I got to talk with Birgit Prigge about Ironman and triathlon. Birgit qualified for Kona at Ironman Germany with a time of 11:01:49. She has come a long way in the sport all the way to the World Championship. I remember doing a 100-mile training ride with Birgit in 2001 where halfway she fell in a stream crossing, but finished the final 50 miles. Even Lance Armstrong would have fallen on this slippery, algae covered road. This woman is determined!
Sometimes I think it may be tough to find “a good interview” for this column, but there are so many good stories in the Tri Club of San Diego. This was my first chance to get to know Patrick Rezzo and I thoroughly enjoyed his story. Read on to meet Patrick and I know you will cheer loudly for him in Kona this October.
I recently caught up to Mickie Shapiro for a conversation about Ironman and triathlon in general. Given Mickie’s success and speed at all distances, it was really tough to catch her. The title to Mickie’s story could be “An Accidental Athlete.” You be the judge. Here is some of that conversation.