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Every year 40,000 triathlete attempt to qualify for the 1,200 spots available for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. Known as the pinnacle of Ironman, Kona has a reputation as the hardest single day event in the world. In addition to the 140.6 miles of the race, heat, humidity and brutal winds force athletes to their limits. There is a mystique that surrounds the island, and many believe that spirits and Gods are present and can help or hurt an athlete. We sat down with two athletes, John a Kona rookie, and Kelly, an age-group winner to find out why they face such conditions, if they believe in the spirits, and what makes it all worth it.
USAT Level 1 Coach
"My coaching philosophy can be summed up in two words: listening and balance. By combining these two elements I feel I can help each athlete achieve their full potential."