July 2016

No one ever said Ironmans are easy and I was recently reminded of this truth at the IRONMAN European Championships. On a day where literally nothing went right, all I could do was try to fight through to the finish. While I did get across the finish and secure my slot to the IRONMAN World Championships, in a race in which I placed so much focus, time, and energy, my performance was disappointing to say the least. I tested myself in Frankfurt and fell short, however the real test begins now. The real test is my response to failure, my willingness to fight back from adversity and use it to better prepare myself for the next challenge, the IRONMAN World Championships. 
I'm no stranger to struggle and my career has been full of ups and downs. While it isn't the easiest path to the top, it's my path and I embrace it. As I continue to progress through both success and failure I am reminded of a quote that has stuck with me for years, and in fact I used it as my senior quote in my high school yearbook 17 years ago:
Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
No single race result will keep me from knocking at the gate nor deter me from believing in myself and pursuing my goal in this sport. I know I will have more challenges to come and I know you will continue to face hurdles in your lives as well. Next time you encounter one, remember the true test is how you respond.  Whatever your personal gate may be, don't be afraid to knock loud and long. After all, most of life's greatest fulfillments come from overcoming these challenges! 

Stay humble, stay hungry!


IRONMAN Frankfurt European Championship

Tim O'Donnell's tough day at the office - July 3, 2016

Tim O'Donnell had a tough day at the 2016 Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt including everything from a broken chain to a crash out of T1. As always, the classy American was able to take it all in stride. Kevin Mackinnon interviews him at the finish line for TriathlonWorld.com.

images top right and bottom row courtesy of Ingo Kutsche SPORTS-MEDIA Agency

Join me at the
Gluten Free Athlete Summit
August 4, 11 am - 3 pm
1600 Pearl Street in Boulder
Keynote by Timothy O'Donnell


The Gluten Free Athlete Summit is an event hosted by Udi's Gluten Free. The event will take place at 1600 Pearl St. in Boulder, CO from 11- 3 the week of IRONMAN Boulder. The event focuses on the benefits of being a gluten free athlete and how to eat delicious gluten free food. The day will include discussion with a certified nutritionist, a celebrity chef demo, a discussion with triathlete Lauren Goss, and of course a keynote speech by our guest of honor, Timothy O'Donnell. There will also be a short run with the CU triathlon team and Timothy, a raffle, and gluten free goodie bags for everyone!

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  • How the Navy introduced T.O. to triathlon.
  • Learning to make sacrifices for the greater goal.
  • How military training can help athletic performance.
  • Lessons from Kona.
  • Working with Mark Allen to become a better athlete.
  • Managing the ego.
  • Fixing the chinks in the armour.
  • How to create a normal life as an athlete.
  • Dealing with the tough days.
  • Why T.O. is so strong.
  • Giving back: Team red White and Blue.

Tim O'Donnell - America's Top Male Long-Course Triathlete

Listen to it here:
  • What it feels like to be on the podium at IRONMAN world championships.
  • Why it is important to bet on yourself.
  • How he got involved in Team RWB.
  • The importance of learning and growing after disappointments.

Mind Games by Mackenzie Lobby Havey
June 2016 issue of Triathlete Magazine

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Spending time with the Castelli crew at IM Austria

You no longer need to dip that CLIF bar
into your jar of almond butter with the new nut butter filled CLIF bars. Warning: they are incredibly delicious and quite possibly addicting. Chocolate hazelnut is in the lead for favorite right now but peanut butter is putting up a good fight! 

Tri Bike Transport, makes our race experiences so much easier and stress free! (Photo from St. Anthony's Triathlon)

Bontrager Ballista helmet, with design by Team CLIF, and airbrush work executed by Kevin Brooks.

the start

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2016 Race Results and Schedule
(subject to change)

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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