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Linnea Humphrey Makes the Podium in Kona

The Ironman World Championship held annually in Kona has been a pilgrimage of mine for the past 10 years – mostly to race, but to also to support, watch and cheer others.  Any number of ironman triathletes will tell you that racing on the Big Island is a personal goal – a goal that takes time, dedication, talent, money and most importantly, good health.

My road to Kona this year actually started in the summer of 2010.  After a difficult race in Kona in 2009 I decided to not “chase a spot” for 2010, but instead to focus my training on having an “A” race at Ironman Florida in November.  While racing at the end of the season gives the benefit of having a full summer of training, it also means some time inside cycling and running once the poor weather hits. Being in close contact with others during inside training sessions can often lead to ill health, but I made it to IMFlorida healthy and ready to have a great race, which I did in finishing in 9:58 – 2nd amateur woman and 10th woman overall.

Fast forward to the summer of 2011, and the European Ironman Championship was the next marker in my trajectory towards Kona.  Unfortunately, Germany was not having the best weather and race week, as well as race day, was cold, wet and windy.  Again, my health stood up to the test, and I finished that race with a time of 10:17 which was fast enough to win my new age-group, place 10th amateur woman, and 20th woman overall.

And so came Kona 2011.  Despite a longer than normal (for me) recovery time from Ironman German, I arrived in Kona ready to chase my long-standing goal – to have a podium finish.  Race day was a mixed bag of conditions with swim currents and waves that resulted in a slower times for a lot of racers, but with advantages to be found on the bike with less wind than normal.  The run was hot and with little wind made it difficult for many competitors.  While I suffered the symptoms of heat exhaustion in the last 9 miles of the run, I was able to keep my position having moved up progressively during the day to finish in 2nd in my AG!!!

7 SYSTEMS has been a constant in my preparation, recovery and overall maintenance of health over the past 12 months and an important part of my successes.  Thanks 7 SYSTEMS!