October 2016

Welcome to Kona Week! My year is structured around this single most important race, the IRONMAN World Championship, and I am happy to be bringing my best-ever fitness to the starting line. Last year's third-place finish gave a glimpse of what is possible, and I am another year wiser, stronger, and more prepared to face the top iron distance athletes in the world!

This week is special with the opportunities afforded to meet up with sponsors, supporters, and fellow triathletes. If you are in Kona, stop by some of the events listed below. Many of my sponsors are offering Kona-themed merchandise and specials so be sure to check those out in the IRONMAN Expo and online.

Each year I have the honor of riding a custom designed Trek Speed Concept. This year brings a distinctive hand-painted look to the Stars and Stripes theme and I've included photos below, courtesy of Triathlete.com. You can create your own custom bike with  Trek's Project One!

Everything comes together on race day for a best performance - fitness, mental toughness, and gear. It all starts with a strong base of supporters and sponsors and I am very grateful to my team including: Trek, Clif Bar, Newton Running, Castelli, Bontrager, Garmin, Udi's Gluten Free, Aqua Sphere, Yurbuds, Wigwam, Smith, Fuel Belt, Pear, Berkshire Asset Management, and Ken Glah's Endurance Sports Travel. Thank you to Coach Mark Allen, to my friends and family, and to my amazing wife, Rinny.

Follow along with race week and sponsor offerings on my Facebook page

Stay humble, stay hungry!


Kona IRONMAN World Championship
Race Week Schedule of Events

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
9:30 AM HST - 10:30 AM HST
Breakfast With Bob
Huggo's Restaurant

2:00 PM HST - 3:00 PM HST
Garmin Signing
Kona Inn Shopping Village 
(75-5744 Alii Dr)

Wednesday, October 5
2:00 PM HST - 3:00 PM HST
Castelli Signing
Kona Bike Works
Kona Inn Shopping Village

3:30 PM HST - 4:30 PM HST
CLIF Bar Happy Hour
TCB House

Thursday, October 6
11:00 AM HST - 12:00 PM HST
IRONMAN Press Conference
Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, Luau Grounds

Friday, October 7
2:00 PM HST - 5:00 PM HST
Bike Check-in

Saturday, October 8
Race Day!

Kona Trek Speed Concept

Take a look at what has to the be the most spectacular  Trek Speed Concept!
It's hard to top the Kona bikes from the last few years but Trek managed to do just that. 
Thanks to the Trek Race Shop team for going all out! 

See more bike photos and close-ups at:
First Look: Tim O'Donnell's Patriotic Trek Speed Concept
by Liz Hichens for Triathlete.com, October 3, 2016.

quote from U.S. President Theodore Rosevelt

Thank you to Bernhard Plainer of Castelli for the photos above and below.

Kona Spirit

The Newton Running 2016 Kona Special Edition Aha is being sold exclusively at the Newton Running pop-up booth in Kona (below Big Island Running and by the Volleyball courts) and on www.newtonrunning.com. Built on the Aha platform, this cushioned shoe can be a recovery run staple or a bold race tribute. Quantities are limited so get your pair now!

My  Newton Running Kona race kicks are ready, can't wait to put them to the test on the Ali'i and the Queen K! 
Win a Kona-themed Stealth Top with Castelli at

These Aquasphere MP suits
are pretty fitting for Kona! 


From Triathlete.com, by Oliver Baker, October 3, 2016

September 28, 2016

Pre-race interview on TRS Triathlon
September 30, 2016

From the October, 2016  Triathlete Magazine
Kona 2016 Ones to Watch" by Thorsten Radde.

From the October/November 2016 Australian Triathlete Magazine - "USA Represent" by Jordan Blanco.

My triathlon superpower...The Glutinator! 
September, 2016 issue of Triathlete Magazine,
"What's Your Triathlon Superpower?" by Chris Foster.
I rely on the delicious food from Udi's Gluten Free!

2016 Race Results and Schedule

March 20
IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico
April 25
St. Anthony's Triathlon
St. Petersburg, FL
May 7
IRONMAN 70.3 North American Pro Championship
St. George, UT
July 3
IRONMAN European Championship
Frankfurt, Germany
August 21
IRONMAN 70.3 Timberman
Gilford, NH

October 8
IRONMAN World Championship
Kona, HI

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