Driven by Dreams
At Penn State, she attended a home track meet and dreamt about what it would be like to be on the team. The next year, she was wearing those Division I colors and lining up next to some of the best runners in the country in both track and cross-country.
In 2005, she was introduced to the sport of triathlon at a local YMCA race and dreamt of “going long”. By 2011, she had two Ironman amateur championships under her belt.
Course Review – Ironman Arizona
Ironman Arizona (“IMAZ”) has a unique place on the Ironman Circuit. It was originally an early season race that was held in April. Despite the flat’ish terrain, it was an absolute terror. Temperatures frequently soared into the high 90’s, winds howled and sand storms of haboob caliber were known to rise up on the Beeline highway.
Mercifully, the organizers moved the date to November and now it is a race of a different flavor. Rather than a sand encrusted death march, it now viewed as a great venue for your first assault on the distance or an opportunity to set a new PR.
But don’t for a minute think it is easy. It is still an Ironman and 140.6 miles is a long ways even in a car!
So with that as a backdrop, let us give you our thoughts on the course. By the way, we have a few semi-secret tips that we can share. Shoot us a note at email@example.com and put IMAZ tips in the title. We’ll be glad to send them your way.
Kristin Schwieger & Hailey Manning
This was my second time to the Big Island for World Championships, so I was more calm and relaxed then I can remember. When my alarm went off at 4:30, I ate breakfast and headed to the pier. After getting body marked and my bike set and ready to go, I just sat in a quiet spot on the pier waiting for the word to hit the water.
So, why does that matter? To answer that question, we’ll have to go back a couple of months.
Laura Sophiea & The Duffield Twins
2013 Race Re-cap Ironman Kona #23!!
I have to say that Kona 2013 showed me that I truly love my life's journey through this sport of triathlons and I was truly blessed to be on the starting line in Kona for #23!
Woohoo! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Coeur: What's your bib number?
Laura Sophiea is getting ready to compete in tomorrow's Ironman World Championships! We thought it would be fun to ask her a few questions leading up to the race!
Coeur: How many times have you raced in Kona?
Laura: I have raced 22 times beginning in 1987, this is #23 for me! I have 8 AG wins, and currently well at least until Sat. 2 AG records in Kona.
A well written account of Kona from the perspective of an Iron Fan!
Days before the Kona race, we all went to see the practice swim and laughed our heads off at the UNDERPANTS RUN.
Day of the race, we all got up at 4AM to go with them to registration. I don’t know if we were support team, entourage or both….but we were there as a functioning unit. Communication was key - between both moms, and dad and brother/brother-in-law and phone calls to those left on the mainland to report “she’s out of the water”; “he had a great transition time”; “just saw her on the bike – she looks great”…..communication was as streamlined and tight and concise as any military unit on a mission.
Excerpt from First Coeur Team Meeting....
“What else? What else do we need to define in terms of what we stand for?”
“Well…I think that one of our guiding principles has to be that we associate with & support people courageous enough to have a strong moral compass...that do the right thing. I think that is inspiring. In other words, let’s build a team that not only has amazing technical skills but are the type of people even kids look up to. Kids have such a good B.S. detector! They have to be someone others can respect and really get along with. Our brand begins with us.”
“Kind of like Google’s “Do no evil” policy.”
“What else? What about giving back?”
“Challenged Athletes Foundation. We definitely want to support CAF. Talk about athletes with heart. And Courage.”
“Absolutely! One percent of sales. Done.”