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Crowie Breaks IM Kona Course Record

WOW. Craig Alexander completely crushed it today out in Kona with an 8:03:56 – that’s pure insanity! Check out his Specialized Shiv with Shimano Di2. Saweeeeeet.

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    It Just Takes one…

    …sour race marshall to ruin your race.

    I was kind of irked today when reading about Pro Triathlete Gina Kehr’s experience at Kona this past weekend.  She received 4 penalties during the race – FOUR freaking penalties during the World Championships!!   Either the race referee forgot to wear her glasses, or she was on crack when marshalling the bike course as ANY rational triathlete knows that getting penalized once is bad enough and USUALLY results in you being more careful out there when assessing your draft zones.  Now to get carded TWICE – you pretty much avoid everyone around you like the plague and you’re so pissed you would probably do anything to make sure you don’t even come CLOSE to drawing attention.  So for a pro to get penalized FOUR times is pretty much a WTF??!?!  kind of situation.

    For Gina’s blog post on this, check it out here:  Gina Kehr’s Blog

    Awesome Race In Kona for 2009 !

    Craig “Crowie” Alexander (in his Newtons) repeats as World Champion with an 8:20:21 and Chrissie Wellington sets a new women’s record this year with an 8:54:042 at Kona!   What an amazing race!

    So many amazing stories of personal triumph out there in the lava fields of Kona!   Want to thank all my friends on Twitter that shared in the race report tweeting!!   Gotta love the wonders of technology!  Definitely a day of inspiration and a big huge shout out and congratulations to all those who raced their asses off on the big island!

    **via Ironman.com Blog

    Kevin Mackinnon wraps up the day of racing at the Ford Ironman World Championship

    An incredible day in Kona

    Just like I did earlier this year at Ironman France-Nice, I get to wrap today’s up by telling a story about an incredible woman. A year and a half ago, Elizabeth Thompson was on holiday in Nice when she suddenly found herself on the floor, unable to move. She lost use of her arms and her legs. One eye started to twitch. Her body was shutting down too much for her to even think that she might be dying.

    It turns out Thompson was having a stroke. Volunteer fire fighters took her to the hospital. She spent weeks in that hospital, starting the re-learning process that would involve learning how to walk and talk again.

    Her first workout? Standing next to her bed. Her next one? Trying to walk across the room.

    A year later, Thompson managed to finish Ironman France-Nice … well enough to qualify for today’s Ford Ironman World Championship. Today she finished this race, too.

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    Cervelo Dominates Bike Count Again in Kona

    ** via Ford Ironman Kona Blog – Over 4x as many Cervelo’s as the next closest manufacturer at Kona this year.

    I’ll show you mine if you show me yours 😉

    My Cervelo P3 SL

    Ford Ironman World Championship Bike Count
    Organized by Triathlete Magazine – the official bike count from Kailua-Kona

    Published Saturday, October 10, 2009

    Ford Ironman World Championship Bike Count
    Here’s the official bike, wheel, bar, component, aero-helmet and saddle count from the Ford Ironman World Championship. The bike count is organized by Triathlete Magazine.

    Check Out The Bike Count in Kona

    7 Tips for Success at the Ironman World Championship in Kona

    *If you’re racing in Kona this year, would love to hear from you! Please leave a comment!

    By Rich Strauss and Patrick McCrann
    Endurance Nation

    As the Ford Ironman World Championship draws near, athletes preparing to race in Kailua-Kona are eager for any information to give them a leg up on the day.

    There can be no doubt that racing on the Big Island presents one of the most daunting combinations of wind, heat, terrain and, of course, world-class competition. In short, there is no such thing as being too prepared for this race.

    While no one has all of the answers, here is a quick review of the top questions inside Endurance Nation about competing at the IMWC. In addition to these race-specific tips, don’t forget to download our free race execution guide to help you manage the overall picture of racing as well. Travel safely and best of luck on race day!
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