Today in Kona, Hawaii, the 33rd running of the Ironman World Championship saw Craig Alexander break Luc van Lierde’s 8:04:08 course record with an 8:03:56, and win against a stellar field. Over the same course, six FFT athletes excelled in the harsh conditions and claimed 3 podium finishes.
FFT Athlete/Coach Mike Lavery (26, Madison, WI) simply had the best race of his life. He started his season late to save his peak for when it counts, and his race went perfectly, with personal-best times in each legs, and a personal-best Ironman of course, placing 4th in the M25-29.
Michael LAVERY, 4th M25-29
FFT Pro Development Team athlete Morgan Anderson,(24, New York, NY), and NYU medical student, moved through the field on the bike to start the marathon in 3rd place after a lackluster 1:15 swim saw her exit the water in 20th place. A strong 3:26 marathon kept Morgan moving through the field.
Morgan ANDERSON, 2nd W18-24
FFT Pro Development Team athlete Brian Duffy Jr. (24, West Chester, PA), who graduated from Duke University with Morgan and they’ve continued as teammates from Duke to FFT, lead out of the swim in 56:18, but the suffered on the bike with vomiting and back pain so intense he thought he had a sacral stress fracture. Brian’s tenacity was demonstrated when he continued the race and closed with a 2:58:09 marathon…incredible…and claimed the 5th spot on the podium.
Brian DUFFY Jr., 5th M18-24
FFT-coached TIMEX athlete Jackie Arendt (26, Madison, WI) has had an incredible rookie pro season, placing 2nd at St George , 4th at Lake Placid, and was again runner-up at Louisville, just 2 minutes from the win. Three Ironman races before Kona, and the last just 6 short weeks ago, certainly left her race day recovery status in question. if there is one thing history has taught us, it’s that you must be well rested to have a great race in Kona. Nevertheless, Jackie was off to a strong start, exiting the water in 20th place in the womens pro field alongside eventual winner Chrissie Wellington. However, for the second time at Kona, Jackie flatted on the bike and then waited on the side of the road for tech support, which never came. So, she rode for miles on a flat tire. Considering those delays, a 5:50 bike split is not bad.
Jackie ARENDT, 22nd W Pro
A pair of co-workers at Inside-Out Sports, one the FFT Pro Development Team’s strongest sponsors, closed out their seasons with great races. Cid Cardoso Jr (42, Cary, NC) raced Louisville to qualify (and was 20-seconds shy of breaking 10-hours there), and recovered nicely to finish with a strong 10:20 to finish 130th in the ultra-competitive M40-45. Inside-Out Sports Bike sales manager, Mike Beaman (45, Cary, NC) learned how to pace this year, and earned himself a trip to Kona, then placed 134th in M45-59. Good thing Mike and Cid are in different age groups, otherwise the office party could get a tense with them 130th and 134th. 😉