Every October, more than 2,000 of the top triathletes in the world descend on Kona to fight it out in the most competitive tri on the planet.Participants must swim 2.4 miles (3.8 km), ride 112 miles (180 km), and run a marathon (26.2 miles/42 km). A significant amount of these pro and amateur athletes train with Zwift for the event. Here are their stories.
Tim Reed (Professional Triathlete from Byron Bay, AU)
Level on Zwift:
Watopia, Richmond or London:
I like London. It always feels like there are more people on that course.
Free ride, race or workout:
If I want a high-quality workout, I plug in a structured session. If I need a threshold raiser a couple of weeks out from a race, I’ll jump into a 40k crit race, and try and hang on to the pack. I was shocked the first time how hard it was.
What tunes do you Zwift to:
I’ll listen to anything from old school stuff like INXS [editor’s note: extra Aussie points!] to Half Moon Run or modern day dance music.
How many times have you raced in Kona:
This is my third time as a pro. I also raced here as an amateur in 2009 and finished 2nd.
Hopes for Saturday:
I’d like to feel like I am on track to race to my potential, as it's so easy to make mistakes here. I just want to look back on a solid swim, a solid bike and a solid run.
On Sunday after the race I’ll mostly be:
Relaxing and enjoying a few beers with friends and family.