Multisport Magazine Issue 22 - Page 9

FEATURE STORY FIRST UP, THE PRO RACE BY SHANE SMITH | P H OTO G R A P H Y B Y T I F F A N Y C A L L A G H A N H awaii and Ironman. These two words can strike fear into the toughest of competitors come October every year. Because no matter how many times you have travelled to this particular Pacific Island you never really know what you are going to get. Every athlete fears the unknown and the Big Island is famous for throwing up a few curve balls just when you are not looking. This year two of the sports’ greatest athletes, Jan Frodeno and Daniela Ryf faced any fears they may have had headon and created their own piece of Kona history. In just over eight hours of tough racing side-by-side with fellow German Sebastian Kienle, Frodeno broke away to win his second Ironman World Championship. He set his day up with 48.02 swim and 4:29.00 bike ride but it was not enough to hold off Kienle who caught the lead group with an incredible 4:23:55 ride. The two men headed off onto the run together where fans were treated to a battle in the mode of the 1989 Ironman War. Frodeno’s strength in the second half of the marathon allowed him to pull away slowly just after the half-way point. By the time they hit the Energy Lab, the lead was out to two minutes and at the end of the race it was a win for Frodeno by 3:32. An Olympic Gold Medal, two Ironman World Championships and the World Record performance at Challenge Roth earlier in the year opens up the debate: Is Jan Frodeno the best male triathlete we have ever seen? Jan Frodeno wins his second I r o n m a n Wo r l d Championship Can you ever imagine completing an Ironman and stating, “I didn’t feel any pain?” Well that is exactly what Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf said moments after crossing the line in a new course record time of 8:46:46 this year in Kona. Ryf’s incredible race began with a swim of 52.50 that saw her exit Kailua Bay just four seconds down on swim leader Meredith Kessler, but after the turn at Hawi, the famous turnaround town of the bike leg, Ryf went about re-writing the record books. Gaining time with every pedal stroke Ryf entered T2 with an eight-minute lead over Germany’s Anja Beranek, but more importantly with a 22-minute lead over Australia’s own Mirinda Carfrae. However once Ryf had fastened her running shoes there was no looking back. A 2:56:52 marathon took Ryf to the top of the podium while Carfrae re-established herself as one of the toughest Kona competitors running herself into second place in a time of 9:10:30. After being hit by a car just days before last year’s race, Carfrae was back and said after the race, “I was just trying to put together a solid marathon after such a rough day. Honestly, Daniela was in a different league today. I'll take the best of the rest today." The Australian professional women faired well with Carfrae claiming second and the consistent Carrie Lester gaining 10th place. The Aussie men had a tougher day with Tim Van Berkel finishing 19th in a gutsy display and David Dellow in 24th place. Hats off to Luke McKenzie who once again showed his character by finishing the race in 35th place in what was a tough day for the Gold Coast native. Daniela Ryf sets a new record at the 2016 I r o n m a n Wo r l d Championship AGE GROUP ATHLETES This story, My Hawaii, is focused on the age-group athlete, the weekend warriors who sacrifice time away from family and friends, sneak off from work at lunch times to fit in a swim or a run and live the multisport lifestyle for very little kudos. In this article we have asked four athletes to write in their own words what Hawaii means to them. You will be suitably inspired by these incredible people. DAMIAN JEFFERY T o stop me from walking during the run leg in my qualifying race at Cairns, my thoughts were with my cousin who is only 49 years old and transitioning into a wheelchair. He suffers from Muscular Dystrophy, as do a number of my family members. I realised in qualifying for Kona that I had a voice, and this led to me becoming an ambassador for MD Australia. My employer also supported me by asking me to be a company health ambassador. This united those around me to raise funds (we raised over $5000) and awareness for MDA, on the road to My Hawaii. I started a blog sharing my journey, tips from people who inspired me and informing people about MD. It also gave my cousin a purpose as he set a goal of representing Australia in shooting in the Tokyo Paralympics. I hadn't ever travelled overseas and with a tight budget and family commitments, my wife Helyn and two girls, Alyza and Sienna couldn't make the trip. This led me to taking the tour with Tri Travel who really helped prepare me well for race day, so when the time came to brace for the Hawi cross winds and the energy lab, I was ready. Mark Allen’s speech during the pre-race dinner about Kupa'a and Ohana really summed up my journey. Hawaii taught me to not be so hard on myself and to savour the moment. My girls wrote me a note before I left, telling me they would be proud no matter what time or place I came. So I took the time particularly on the [[XXHH\]وHXB[H\[ H[YHY\] Y Y][Y[\ܝ\Z[][[HYH[\X^K[وH[˜]]\Z\[Z[K[[H\BXX[[Y\XYH\XKBXH\]\][H^XY[[ܙKIݙHXYH]Y[Y]Hو^BH[[[X\X]H\ܞBوX]ۋHX]HۘH]H[X\ H^\Y[HوHY][YH[\B]\\ۋXZ[˂USTԕPQVSHB