Kona Tag

With the Ironman World Championship just one month from today, I wanted to post a quirky interview with the current World Champ -  Australian Mirinda 'Rinny' Carfrae, who you can count on for fighting hard to retain her crown. Do you think she'll chick all...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ds8uy1JD4J4 Wishing everyone the race of their dreams and good mechanical luck!...

There are so many strong women in the field, it's hard to decide if you root for one or all of them! Wouldn't it be wild if Natasha Badmann used her super smile and super skill to beat them all at 46? I...

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJNpn7G43vc] With so many strong contenders this weekend, it's hard to pick someone that clearly comes out on top on the men's side. We all know former 3-time champion Crowie never comes to the start line thinking he can lose. After a not so...

If I could recommend something to read before a race, it would be chapter 6 of the very compelling book, Elite Minds - Creating The Competitive Advantage by Dr. Stanley Beecham. Here are two great quotes of the week from that chapter: If you...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYsmOSZzWgA We're just over 2 weeks away from the big dance in Kona! So far, two race favorites are out: Chris McCormack has mono and Mary Beth Ellis has a broken collar bone. Who will rise to the top? I can't wait!...

[caption id="attachment_3412" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Pure Joy![/caption] There is nothing like a photo like this, by Nils Nilson, that captures pure joy, that joy that's like Olympian joy of winning a medal. Luke Bell proved today that his first Ironman win in Australia was no fluke. ...

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0W_WTFASVCU] On a hilly course I remind myself: You're light as a feather - Keep it together! Going downhill I remind myself: Push your pace! (I do this in the later part of the run and when I feel like my swim is...

[caption id="attachment_3304" align="aligncenter" width="640"] St. Louis Arch 2013[/caption] Sometimes you need to accept your limitations and strive to really excel at the things you can do. Rick Hoyt ...

[caption id="attachment_3287" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Photo from Ironman.com[/caption] What does a pro do when she starts the run 20 minutes behind 1st place at Ironman South Africa? Well, for Vermonter and mom of three Jessie Donovan, the answer is put forth a spectacularly gritty run and never...