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Name: Llewellyn Hartley

Age Group: 45-49

Race or Program you qualified through? Ironman Legacy

Have you Raced Kona before (year, time, and position if relevant)? No

What’s your plan for tackling the unrelenting heat and humidity? Sweat a lot!

What’s your go-to food after the race and a full winter of training? Blueberry Muffins!

Do you have any predications for this year’s Men’s and Women’s pro winners? Ie. Think Frodeno and Ryf will go back-to-back? They probably will but I'm very interested to see how Ben Hoffman and Melissa Hauschildt will go.

Any plans while in Hawaii that won’t involve the race? Spending some time with the family

What was your favourite moment from the Rio Olympics 2016?
Wade van Niekerk's 400m win.

Name: Ken Raupach
Age Group: 55-59
Race or Program you qualified through? 
Port Macquarie IM
Have you Raced Kona before (year, time, and position if relevant)?
2013, 10:51, middle field.
What’s your plan for tackling the unrelenting heat and humidity?
Been training in my “Man Cave” bike studio, 20-28 degrees at 80-90% humidity depending on how many fellow cyclists are present!  That’s an apparent temperature of a Kona-esque 28-41 degrees!
What’s your go-to food after the race and a full winter of training?
 Soft fruit nougat and French fruit jellies, and a beer(s) chaser.
Do you have any predications for this year’s Men’s and Women’s pro winners? Ie. Think Frodeno and Ryf will go back-to-back.
Rinny Carfrae and Frodeno unless another male pro brings out a stunning run
Any plans while in Hawaii that won’t involve the race?
Riding the Hilo to Volcanoes Research station “longest ascent in cycling” 11,000 feet up over 42 miles as an acclimatizing leg loosener.  3-4% only and wow, what a descent!
What was your favourite moment from the Rio Olympics 2016? Usually anything involving Allyson Felix but Van Niekirk’s 400m WR was jaw dropping.  The guts of Diniz in the 50k walk as Jared Tallent etched his name as all time great.  Oh the triathlons were also a great event.  

 

Name: Campbell Hanson
Age Group: M 40-44
Race or Program you qualified through? IMNZ  March 2016. Not a great day out as I was walking 4km into the run but got the job done.
Have you Raced Kona before (year, time, and position if relevant)? Yes, 2013. 9:18:27. 23rd in my Ag and 124th across the line. It was my second Ironman, I was pretty conservative on the bike and had a good day. We had relatively good conditions that year. It’s always crazy hot and some wind out there but thankfully we had cloud cover on the run and the wind wasn’t blow you off your bike kind of wind that does happen up around Hawi. All things being equal I think I’m ten minutes stronger on the bike and 5 min stronger on the run but every year is different and heat, humidity, wind, water conditions, pacing, nutrition and what else is going on in the race all come in to it.
What’s your plan for tackling the unrelenting heat and humidity? Respect for the heat and the course. Loads of good athletes have gone here and not raced well as Kona has everything- heat, wind, humidity, hills and a World Championship calibre field. Lots of races have one or some of these factors but Kona has them all. This is what makes it tough and why there’s less margin for error. I’ve raced in Asia a couple of time and Las Vegas and they were both hotter than Kona and I was terrible at managing the heat. I made some changes for Kona and while it’s hot it was manageable. Water in the first hour on the bike until you are peeing, then drink more water and pour water all over myself at every aid station on the bike regardless, then ice, sponges, water repeat at every aid station on the run and a new sleeved tri suit to help hide from the sun. Worked last time- the key is to keep doing it when the mind is tired and concentration starts wavering.
What’s your go-to food after the race and a full winter of training? Nothing sweet! I’m usually well over coke and gels by the end of the race. McDonalds seems to creep in somewhere a few hours after an Ironman- must be the salt I’m craving. I’m usually not hungry for a day or two and struggle to eat.
Do you have any predications for this year’s Men’s and Women’s pro winners? Ie. Think Frodeno and Ryf will go back-to-back.
This will be really interesting. They are definetly the two best athletes but it will be interesting to see how it plays out. The biggest shot fired for me at the 70.3 WC was Kienle running a 1:11:07 which included crossing the hill four times. He’s usually been a 1:14 guy and given he had to ride hard to catch the front pack and then was able to run this tells us that his running has gone up another level. Jan obviously emptied the tank at Roth three months ago so it will be interesting to see how he has recovered from this and can back up because until recently the guys that have raced well in Europe over summer haven’t gone so well in Kona. He missed the 70.3 WC to prep for Kona and I’m thinking this will be a good move. He has no weaknesses now that his cycling is on par if not better than Kienle’s so I can’t see him not winning unless he has an off day. There’s going to be some very interesting action behind these guys- Lionel Sanders is a complete weapon on the bike and if he and Kienle work together on the bike to pull back their swim deficit they have the ability to really open things up on the way back from Hawi. Sanders can run as good as anyone and Brent McMahon is another who has gone sub 8 hours and could be a real player if he can stay with the leaders on the bike. Behind this the second tier guys will be very interesting- Ben Hoffman looks fit and has raced well in Kona before, Tim Berkell may be a top 10 contender and Andy Potts has had some very good Kona’s recently. An d then most years there’s someone who you wouldn’t pick that makes the top three. In the ladies it’s hard to go past Ryf if she has more than 10 minutes over Rinny coming off the bike. She didn’t go well at 70.3 World’s by here standards and has had a tough race schedule to get to Kona- a DNF and hypothermia in Germany, a very hard effort at Roth and then backed up a couple of weeks later at IM Switzerland to book her Kona ticket. We probably saw the effects of this in her Mooloolaba performance so it will be interesting to see if she’s had time to get her legs back. If Rinny keeps the deficit to less than 10 minutes off the bike we’ll be in for a very interesting race finish. Outside of this I’m not sure who else will be a contender but seeing Rinny run 2:51 in 2013 was the single most impressive thing I witnessed in Kona.
Any plans while in Hawaii that won’t involve the race? I turn 40 two days before the race so there will be some birthday celebrations post race! Drive up to the volcano, over to Hilo, check out the observatory and then a week’s holiday with the family afterwards. Definetly looking forward to that part!!
What was your favourite moment from the Rio Olympics 2016? Not sure if I have a favourite moment....maybe Fiji winning the Rugby 7’s. I think we saw the end of an era for many great athletes in Rio. Bolt, Phelps, Farah, Wiggins, Cav- all great to see and if not some of the greatest there have been. However I’m always slightly sceptical as to the legitimacy of some of them. How can Justin Gatland still be running when he’s served two doping violations? I think this is one thing that draws me to triathlon- I’d like to think it’s relatively clean at the top level and has kept an air of accessibility and humility.