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No one likes a complainer

There's no denying that a cancelled race, shortened distance or course change will evoke a lot of emotions for the athlete who has invested time, money and energy in to participating in the upcoming race. Although no athlete can predict or control modifications and cancellations, it's part of the game when preparing for an outdoor activity which requires a venue that is impacted by outside forces. As a coach who puts on triathlon training camps, I empathize with race directors. While athletes may feel otherwise, I can't imagine that any race director wants to put time, energy and money into a race, only to cancel it. Because many race directors are athletes themselves, there's nothing fun about cancelling a race, changing the course or venue. Recently, Ironman made the decision to cancel Ironman Florida in PCB due to the devastation of Hurricane Michael. Prior to that, Ironman 70.3 North Carolina was cancelled. This was the right thing to do as each city tries to o

IM Kona '18 Race Report

When the alarm went off at 3:45am, I stayed in bed for another 15 minutes to let Karel have the kitchen to himself as he made his espresso and pre-race meal. When I got up, I was quick to go outside to the patio to let Karel do his own thing without getting in his way. Karel’s mom stayed in bed as we told her to watch the swim from behind the building in front of us as it would be too crazy for her to go down to the finish line area. Karel was incredibly calm and I couldn’t sense any nervous energy from him. It was a mixture of excitement, readiness and confidence and of course, gratitude that he had a healthy (and injury free) body at the end of a very successful season of racing. Around 5:15am, Karel was ready to head to the race venue. My job was to carry his special needs bags (and drop them off) and to grab his pump from him after he pumped his tires.  Due to the rain the night before, Ali’i drive was a little wet but the air temp felt very comfortable. Crowds wer

IM Kona '18 Race Report - Quick Recap

In sport, every athlete is seeking that perfect race. The race where everything goes smoothly, the weather is perfect or your strengths outweigh your weaknesses compared to your competition.  The "perfect race" scenario played out for many athletes at the 2018 Ironman World Championship. Records were broken, PR's were set and dreams came true for many athletes. Crossing a 140.6 mile finish line should never be taken for granted and even for those who did not reach personal goals, the achievement of crossing the Ironman World Championship line is now embedded into the memory bank of every athlete. Karel did not have his perfect race. For the first time ever, Karel had a mechanical issue on the bike. His electronic shifting was not working as soon as he left T1....less than 75 minutes into the race. Six years of riding with electronic shifting and never has he had an issue. Talk about bad luck. Because of this, Karel could not change his gears. He was stuck in an