Ironman World Championships: Top 10 for LifeSport's McMahon!
Heart Of A Champion
The World Ironman Championships in Hawaii is a race/event like no other. For long distance triathletes it is the pinnacle of the sport and racers try year after year to qualify, or up until 2015 there was always the possibility of a lottery spot. As it is the World Championships, the majority of the participants either won or placed very high in their respective age groups. This elevated level of competition coupled with the hot, humid and windy conditions is what makes this race so special; and challenging.
This October was no different. LifeSport had 10 athletes competing, many for the first time, one through the Legacy program, Kona being number 16 for him.
On a day where almost 1/3 of the fields in the Pro men and women didn’t finish all LifeSport athletes completed what they started, all battled through fatigue and discomfort to cross that finish line on Ali’i Drive.
Brent McMahon, after setting a course record in his debut last November and in his first time on the Big Island as a Pro, ran his way into 9th place in the men’s field. Like everyone on the day he battled through some rough patches but was able to take a top 10 placing.
In the Age Groups, Susanne Davis, a former champion, was 12th in F40-44. Chris Stephenson and Susanne both finished in under 11 hours. Nicole Mikhael, coached by Lou Therien, qualified in Mont Tremblant after dealing with a stress fracture. This was her first time swimming in salt water and on her very first day of practice she was swimming with dolphins! She and Bang Trinh from Vietnam, Sam Mazer, Jan Trojanowski and Mike Day all finished under 12 hours.
In his Kona debut, Legacy competitor Phillip Jones finished in just over 12 ½ hours. He had this to say “I had an awesome experience and kept smiling on the bike and run despite the heat wind and humidity. I walked all the aid stations and drank and put ice and sponges in my cap and tri top which helped. I can't wait to come back! Thanks for all your help and encouragement!”
The big Island throws up many challenges to the athletes who arrive every October; congratulations to everyone who competed and finished this incredible race!