June 13, 2017
Photo by Jeremy Papasso of Boulder Daily Camera.

Greetings!

Winning an Ironman is always special but getting to do it in your hometown and sharing it with your loved ones makes it even better! It was an amazing day at IRONMAN Boulder capped off by having Rinny and Baby O'Donnell at the finish line! Here were my post-race thoughts captured by Trek for the Trek Race Shop:

I took the bull by the horns right from the start and set the pace early in the swim, eventually breaking away from the lead group halfway through the swim. From there it was a long solo effort the rest of the day, gradually opening the gap in the three lap course.

I hit T2 with 6:40 and kept building on that during the run. You never get through an Ironman feeling great for the entire 8 hours, but I was happy to be strong all day and to keep the dark patches to a minimum. I'm excited to build off of this win as I begin my focus on the Ironman World Champs this fall!

Thanks to all those whose support made this day possible especially Rinny, my parents who came out to cheer, and all the local support I have who don't always get recognized, they are huge part of Team TO: ECFIT, RallySport Health & Fitness, Josh Shadle, Be Endurance, Mary Miller, Siri Lindley,  Colorado Multisport, and countless others. 

Of course many thanks to my partners who give me the opportunity to race at this level: Trek, Trek Race Shop, CLIF Bar, Hoka One One, Castelli, Garmin Fitness, Aqua Sphere, Halo Neuroscience, Smith, and fortyninegroup. Finally thanks to Mark Allen for his guidance along the way. 

Time to work toward October!

Race Recap
IRONMAN Boulder 
1st place - 8:13:30
June 11, 2017
The finish line:

For a longer video (I approach the finish at about 5:15) that includes the post-race interview: 
photo credit: Donald Miralle / IRONMAN
photo credit: Rinny
photo credit: Donald Miralle / IRONMAN
photo credit: Donald Miralle / IRONMAN
photo credit: Donald Miralle / IRONMAN
Media
by Timothy Carlson, Slowtwitch.com, June 11, 2017.

"O'Donnell combined race-best splits - a 49:20 swim, 4:24:25 bike and 2:53:55 marathon - to finish in 8:13:30 with a 21:06 margin of victory over Matt Chrabot and 28:54 over 3rd place finisher Patrick McKeon."  
Read full article here
Triathlete.com, June 12, 2017.

Trek Race Shop, June 12, 2017.

"For Tim O'Donnell, winning a full distance Ironman is always an incredible feeling. Doing it in his hometown makes it extra special. Tim put serious preparation into the race, and came out swinging for an event he was motivated to win. In his words,

'I took the bull by the horns right from the start and set the pace early in the swim, eventually breaking away from the lead group halfway through the swim. From there it was a long solo effort the rest of the day, gradually opening the gap in the three lap course.'

'I hit T2 with 6:40 and kept building on that during the run. You never get through an Ironman feeling great for the entire 8 hours, but I was happy to be strong all day and to keep the dark patches to a minimum. I'm excited to build off of this win as a begin my focus on the Ironman World Champs this fall!"

IRONMAN Boulder
USA Triathlon, June 12, 2017.


Rich Soares of  Mile High Endurance now commands  303Radio, and he hit the finish chute to interview Sunday's top pro champions - take a listen to the fresh-off-the-course thoughts!  Listen here.
IRONMAN Foundation 
IRONMAN Foundation Ambassadors (including Rinny) and volunteers had a great day in Eldorado Canyon at the IRONMAN Boulder service project. Athletes and volunteers did trail maintenance and then witnessed the incredible athletes at the adaptive rock climbing clinic with Paradox Sports. Learn more about the IRONMAN Foundation work and how you can get involved! 
Sponsor News
Word is getting out on the use of the Halo Sport system for neurostimulation to build stronger, more optimized connections between the brain and muscles:
Brain Doping with Halo Sport
by Tony Vienneau, June 12, 2017

"In a sport that thrives on marginal gains, the use of tDCS and Halo Sport does appears to provide athletes an edge in training that could translate to improved performance." 

"During my testing, and sharing the device with an experienced runner and a fitness athlete, each of us noticed improved performance metrics (increased FTP, maximum reps, 10k pace) from 2.5% to 7% and a decreased perceived exertion particularly in extended workouts. In fact, one of the tested athletes and I subsequently purchased a Halo headset. It was tough to argue with the results. It is difficult to say at what point will users will see diminished gains or if cycling the use of tDCS may be more beneficial than continued use. Only time will tell."


Interested? Try it out:
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Proud to be with Halo Neuroscience at the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon - even just as an image!
Thank you to all who came out to the HOKA One One booth at IRONMAN Boulder to meet with Heather Jackson and me! (photo by Sean Logan)
Race Schedule and Results
Place
Date Race Time
9th
January 27 IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai 3:47:53
2nd March 12 Mooloolaba 5150 1:49:59
2nd March 19 IRONMAN 70.3 Taiwan 3:45:31
2nd April 2 IRONMAN 70.3 Texas 3:46:19
3rd May 13 IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Rosa 3:54:19
1st June 11 IRONMAN Boulder 8:13:30

August 13 IRONMAN 70.3 Steelhead (tentative)

September 10 Nation's Tri

October 14 IRONMAN World Championship

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