At age 34 Canadian Brent McMahon attempted his first Ironman in Arizona. Previously, he was a 2004 and 2012 Olympian, and 2014 was going well with four Ironman 70.3 wins. On the starting line he didn’t have a time goal, nor had he even pondered a finishing time before this race.
He followed a race plan crafted with Lance Watson, his coach of 20 years. That included a caloric intake of roughly 500 calories per hour on the bike while ignoring his competitors. When a couple contenders passed him early in the bike he started to ride with them but backed off when he realized it required a greater power output than he planned to ride.
He finished the bike in third after a 4:21 split. He ran the first half of the marathon in 1:20 and finished with a 2:43 run, giving him a 5 minute margin of victory and a 7:55 final time, the fastest Ironman debut in history.
Despite competing at a level far above most triathletes, his race execution tips are golden and helpful to all triathletes.
Trish Roberts is preparing for her Ironman 70.3 in Augusta Georgia. This interview was done 6 weeks before her race, and the next episode will be a post race interview. She is a personal trainer and it was one of her clients that got her into the sport. She helped a client lose 100 pounds, and that client returned the favor by getting her into triathlons.
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