World Champion Triathlete and USA Triathlon Olympic Team Member
Joe Maloy
November 7, 2016
Hey everyone!

I know it's the offseason and I shouldn't be doing this type of thing, but I went for a bike ride yesterday. During one of my (many) pitstops, I paused to admire "The Surfing Madonna" mosaic in Encinitas, CA (see block below).  A pause for thanks and reflection seemed particularly apt after an unforgettable 2016 triathlon season. Plus, it was a Sunday and my legs were tired.    

Just seven days before, I was competing on Highbourne Cay, a paradisal rock in the Atlantic Ocean where I competed with 39 of the world's best triathletes. We tested, and in some cases found, one another's limits over three hotly-contested days of racing. Off the clock, we partnered with the More than Sport Foundation to build/contribute 50 bikes to benefit the hurricane-ravaged community. You never know what impact you might have unless you actually do something. I enjoyed finishing 2016 in an environment where that type of thinking was encouraged. It's what our sport - and our world - needs.  

I took a few steps forward and admired The Surfing Madonna's individual tiles - each with scars and imperfections, each an integral part to the whole. My mind flashed to cresting the hill on the final day of the Island House Invitational Triathlon only to watch 6th and 7th place finish steps ahead of me. It's easy (and awfully tempting) find difference-making seconds after 3 hours, 39 minutes, and 19 seconds of racing.  Figuring out how to be on the other side of those time-gaps is going to be a project for "Future Joe."

For now, let's step back and enjoy what has been an incredible year. With it all on the line, I ran the fastest 10K of my life (to that point) in Yokohama, Japan, and qualified for the Olympic Team. I broke the tape at the prestigious Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon, stood on the top step of a world championship podium in Hamburg, Germany, used my Olympic platform to raise money for two causes that are very important to me, raced in the freaking Olympics, luged down the Great Wall of China, shook hands with President Barack Obama, and finished it all off with a seaplane ride to Highbourne Cay.    

I'm not sure what's next, but I'm sure I'm not finished. 2016 was a wild ride. Thanks to you for doing what so many of my competitors couldn't and keeping up through it all ;)
* The Surfing Madonna is a 10 by 10 feet (3.0 m × 3.0 m) mosaic of the Virgen de Guadalupe created by artist Mark Patterson. It was covertly installed in Encinitas, California by Patterson and his friend Bob Nichols, who posed as construction workers during the installation.
The city declared that the painting was to be considered graffiti because of the illegality of its installation. Patterson came forward to accept responsibility for it, and was fined $500 and ordered to pay approximately $6,000 for the art's removal. 

The art is now in place across the street from where it was originally installed and inspired a 501c3 non profit founded by Mark Patterson and Bob Nichols called "Surfing Madonna Oceans Project". Since the inception of the non-profit in 2013, the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project has donated well over $100,000 to local ocean/beach/park and humanitarian programs.

( Source: Wikipedia)
Media
  Island House Invitational Triathlon
8th - 3:39:19 (3-day total)







Credit to Tommy Zaferes for the majority of the photos above.

Video
 


Video of the final day of the Island House Invitational Triathlon with the top 10 men competing in the non-drafting sprint. Thanks to Max Seigal Photography and Seagull Aerial for capturing the energy and spectacular beauty of the day on Highbourne Cay. What an epic event!

Race Recap
 



photo by Nils Nilsen
2016 Race Results
DATE
RACE
PLACE
TIME
2/20
UCSD Tritonman Triathlon
1st
0:54:02
3/4-5
Abu Dhabi WTS
49th
1:51:10
4/2-3
New Plymouth World Cup (Sprint)
18th
0:54:00
4/7
Gold Coast WTS
6th
1:47:53
5/14
Yokohama WTS
 11th
1:47:16
6/12
Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon
1st 
2:05:45
7/16 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg
28th
0:53:37
7/17 ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships, Hamburg (with Gwen Jorgensen, Ben Kanute, Kirstin Kasper)
1st
1:20:29
8/18
Rio Olympic Games
 23rd
1:48:30
9/11 Beijing international Triathlon
2nd
1:53:27
9/18 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel
47th
1:53:16
10/28-30 Island House Invitational Triathlon (Bahamas)
8th
3:39:19
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