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How to Qualify For Kona: The Ultimate Guide to Getting to the Big Island

How to Qualify For Kona: The Ultimate Guide to Getting to the Big Island

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How to Qualify For Kona: The Ultimate Guide to Getting to the Big Island

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33 minuti
Apr 22, 2012


Getting to the Ironman Triathlon World Championships in Kona, Hawaii can be pretty tough. But with this new book from Ben Greenfield and the Rock Star Triathlete Academy, you'll be instantly equipped with what you need to qualify. This comprehensive manual includes:

- History Of Kona Ironman World Championships
- Qualification Criteria
- List Of Qualifying Races
- Tips From The Experts On Qualifying
- Qualifying Times per Age Group
- What To Expect on Race Day
- Tips From the Experts on Racing Kona
- Race Day Pacing and Fueling Strategies

This manual contains all the insider tips you need to begin your road to Kona!
Apr 22, 2012

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Voted the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Trainer of the Year in 2008, Ben Greenfield is recognized as one of the top fitness, triathlon and nutrition experts in the nation, with multiple books and DVDs to his credit. He is the host of the popular Get-Fit Guy podcast at with an average 170,000 downloads per month. Ben coaches and trains individuals for weight loss, lean muscle gain, holistic wellness, and sports performance all over the world via his company, Pacific Elite Fitness. He also runs the Rock Star Triathlete, the Internet's top school for learning the sport of triathlon and the business of triathlon coaching. Ben's popular fitness, nutrition and wellness website ( features blogs, podcasts, and product reviews. His credentials include: Bachelor's and Master's degrees from University of Idaho in sports science and exercise physiology, personal training and strength and conditioning certifications from the NSCA, a sports nutrition certification from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), and over 10 years experience in coaching professional, collegiate, and recreational athletes from all sports. Ben is a top-ranked triathlete for Triathlon Northwest and has finished multiple Ironmans.

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History of Kona Ironman World Championships

In 1978, a group of 15 elite athletes pushed the limits of the human body to an unheard of level of performance by combining three sports into one incredible race—and the Ironman World Championship was born.

The idea for the race actually originated in 1977, during an awards ceremony for the Oahu Perimeter relay. A heated debate sparked up between members of the Mid-Pacific Road Runners and the Waikiki Swim Club over which sport could claim the toughest athletes: swimming or running. U.S. Navy Commander

John Collins overheard one of the arguments, and pointed out that the great Eddy Merckx, a cyclist, boasted the highest recorded oxygen uptake of any athlete alive. He suggested that cyclists were in fact the fittest of athletes.

There seemed to be only one true way to settle the question: a race combining the three separate long-distance events already held on the island of Oahu: The Waikiki Rough Water Swim (2.4 miles), the Around Oahu Bike Race (115 miles and at the time a two-day event), and the Honolulu marathon (26.2 miles). Collins came up with the idea of shaving three miles off the bike race and running it counter-clockwise around the island so that it could begin at the finish line of the Waikiki Rough Water and end right at the traditional starting point of the Honolulu marathon. Whoever finishes first, Collin’s declared, we’ll call him the Iron man.

The first Hawaii Ironman began at the dawn of February 18, 1978. Fifteen athletes started the race—each handed a few sheets of paper listing the rules with these handwritten final words: Swim 2.4 miles! Bike 112 miles! Run 26.2 miles! Brag for the rest of your life. Twelve of these men would finish this first Kona Ironman. U.S. Navy Communications Specialist Gordon Haller became the original Ironman with a finishing time of 11 hours, 46 minutes, 58 seconds. Runner-up and Navy Seal John Dunbar came close to winning but wound up having to chug beer on the marathon course after his support crew ran out of water.

Champion cyclist Lyn Lemaire made history the following year when she placed sixth over-all and became the first ever Ironwoman. At that point, Collins was planning to convert

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