Yesterday we got to witness an amazing day in sport. The racing was of such a high caliber which had the social media world going nuts and the atmosphere in Kona was electric. As a coach with 5 athletes racing, 4 of whom won their respective age groups to get here, I was gearing up for an exciting day. I believed there were some honest chances of podiums from my athletes but boy was I blown away.
My athletes all shined yesterday. Belinda Harper from New Zealand who is so humble went on to set history yesterday. Belinda in her first Kona and second ever Ironman was the first amateur female across the line in a time of 9:44 which just happens to be the fastest time by an amateur female EVER in Kona.
Mark Jansen an Aussie who lives in Singapore, works around 60 hours per week and has a new born son, took 3rd in the ultra competitive 35-39 Age Group. Mark actually got back into 3rd place under the Ford banner with only meters left to run. That age group was won by fellow Aussie Damien Angus who was 1:40 up!
Then Teresa Rider took 2nd in the 50-54 age group going 10:51 after backing up from winning Ironman Canada 6 weeks ago. Teresa gets to celebrate her birthday in style today. The Kona K-Swiss party shall be fun tonight.
Scott Jones, Teresa husband ended up 13th in the 45-49 AG and went 9:46 and posted a PB Kona run split of 3:24, while Peter McLean got to finally live the Kona dream and finished in 10:36.
Congrats guys, you make me so proud. I will be getting some Q&A with these guys and posting them here soon. Also Kona gallery coming too.