The second regional championship of 2017 is already upon us. This weekend Ironman Texas will form the North American Championship and, as expected, it boasts a field with a myriad of depth. Witsup have again been fortunate enough to talk to most of the athletes engaged in the event and we have put together a comprehensive form guide. This means that you can follow your favourite athletes a little easier and get to know a lot more about them!

Text By Stef Hanson, Laura Siddall and Rob Sheeley | Images by various

 

 

Kelly Williamson (51)

(c) Ramon Serrano

Equipment:

SwimZoot

Bike – State Wheels, Kogel Bearings, ISM saddles.

Run –  Zoot

Other – Beachbody Performance, Nulo, Road ID, Durata Training, Rudy Project, Recovery Pump, Endurance Shield.

Coach: Derick Williamson – husband (Durata)

Recent Results:

8th – IM Arizona

8th – IM 70.3 Puerto Rico

7th – IM 70.3 Texas

How would you describe your strengths?: “Fight to the end.”

How has your lead-up been and what are your goals for the race?: “Lead up has been well training wise, I can’t say I’m thrilled with the past two results but I saw improvements from San Juan to Texas 703 and I know that is the goal. Given a lot of setback in 2016, I’m thankful to be training healthy and strong and I’m enjoying having the ability and opportunity to be back on the race course.”

 

Tine Deckers (52)

 

 

Equipment:

Swim – Sailfish (Kiwami Aquarush swim skin)

Bike – Willier, SWS Wheels

Run – Mizuno

Other – Carglass, Marmotta hotel Mülbach, Coppens Staalbouw, Cornelis Bedding, Swisseye Sunglasses, Win2 sports nutrition, Running Center Leuven

Coach: Pieter Timmermans

Recent Results:

4th – IM 70.3 Bahrain
2nd – Challenge Sardinia (half)
(DNF – IM 70.3 Puerto Rico)
2nd – IM UK

How would you describe your strengths?: “The bike.”

How has your lead-up been and what are your goals for the race?: “I was run over by a volunteer on an aid station in Puerto Rico, so now I have an injury on my shoulder that still hurts. So I couldn’t really train for the swim. But on the other hand I had more time to train for the bike and run so that should be fine. I hope that by Saturday my shoulder is going to be fine.”

Goals for this race?: “A podium finish and hopefully on the highest spot!”

 

 

Alicia Kaye (54)

 

 

 

Equipment:

Swim – Roka

Bike – Specialized

Run – 361

Other – Triflare, Island House, Ashworth Awards, F2C Nutrition

Coach: Neal Henderson

Recent Results:

1st – IM 70.3 Puerto Rico
2nd – IM 70.3 Pucon
11th – Island House Tri

How would you describe your strengths?: “Discipline, Toughness, Confidence.”

How has your lead-up been and what are your goals for the race?: “Training has been going smoothly. I have been working with Neal Henderson for the past few months and I’ve been enjoying some new workouts, stimuli and training partners. We’ve accumulated some good work and I feel excited for the opportunity to express that work.”

Goals for this race?: “My goal for Texas is to execute my race; more specifically, I would like to execute a race that is a complete reflection of the work I have done.”

 

Lauren Brandon (55)

 

 

Equipment:

Swim – Roka

Bike – Ventum

Run – Nike/Saucony

Other – Edco wheels, Colonial Banking and Savings, Pioneer Power Meter

Coach: Barret Brandon (Husband)

Recent Results:

3rd – IM 70.3 Texas
2nd – IM Cozumel
2nd – IM 70.3 Cozumel

How would you describe your strengths?: “Racing off the front – four words, haha!”

How has your lead-up been and what are your goals for the race?: “After my longest off season, I’ve had a slow build to get me ready for Ironman Texas. I could not be happier with how training has gone these past few months and I feel both physically and mentally ready for Texas.”

Goals for this race?: “To get a good lead on the swim, extend that lead on the bike, and to run under a 3:20. I think if I can put together a solid race then I can be in contention for the podium.”

 

Amber Ferreira (56)

 

 

Equipment:

Bike – MC Cycle and Sport, Rudy Project

Run – Runners Alley Concord New Hampshire

Other – Delta Dental of New England (Tom Raffio CEO) Velocio Apparel , Infinit Nutrition, Beet Performer

Coach: Kurt Perham

Recent Results:

4th – IM Mont Tremblant (First race back after bike crash at IM lake Placid)

4th – IM Austria

4th – IM Coeur d’Alene

How would you describe your strengths?: My strength is the bike which is exciting because that was once my weakest link.

How has your lead-up been and what are your goals for the race?:  “I have had some really solid training after recovery from the crash last year. I feel extremely strong mentally and physically and have put together one of my most solid blocks of training.”

Goals for this race?: “I am extremely excited to go test out my fitness and go for sub 9 hours.”

 

Michaela Herlbauer (57)

 

 

Equipment:

Swim – Sailfish (speedsuit, wetsuit), Zoggs (swim accessoires)

Bike – Airstreeem (bike, wheels), Bikepalast (helmet, shoes)

Run – On (shoes), Formthotics (inner soles)

Other – SILBERPFEIL Energy Drink, Formthotics, Skinfit (clothes)

Coach: Alun Woodward

Recent Results:

2nd – Ironman 70.3 Texas 2017

18th – Ironman World Championship 2016

3rd – Ironman Switzerland 2016

How would you describe your strengths?: “Concerning the 3 disciplines…usually running is my strength – especially the marathon.”

“Another strength I would say are my strong mind and will. When I’m in race mode I always give all I have and fight until the finish line.”

How has your lead-up been?:  “Together with my husband Daniel I have stayed on Lanzarote island for eight weeks during winter in order to get ready for Ironman Texas. I could train  consistently and it already showed at my first race of 2017 at IM 70.3 Texas where I could finish 2nd.”

Goals for this race?: “My goal for the Ironman is to be the best I can  be and gain as many points as possible for the Kona pro-ranking because I would really love to come back to Kona and race there again.”

 

Jodie Robertson (59)

 

 

Equipment:

Swim – Roka

Bike – Quintana Roo

Run – Runners Edge

Other – Normatec, Klean, Base Performance, Beet Performer, Powerbar, Rudy Project

Coach: QT2

Recent Results:

12th – IM 70.3 Puerto Rico
20th – IM World Championships
4th – IM 70.3 Racine

How would you describe your strengths?: “Determined. Focused. Persistent.”

How has your lead-up been and what are your goals for the race?: “The lead up into Ironman Texas has really allowed us to focus on some of my limiters and build on my strengths. We have baked a great cake over the past six months and Texas is an opportunity to put some icing on the cake.”

Goals for this race?: “My goal out there will simply be to deliver what I know I can.”

 

Celine Schaerer (60)

 

 

Equipment:

Swim – Sailfish

Bike – Cube

Run – Skechers Performance

Other – Keforma Nutrition and two of my main sponsors are ISS (Swiss facility service) and Badewelten.

Coach: Lubos Bilek

Recent Results:

6th – IM Cozumel

5th – IM 70.3 Cozumel

2nd –  IM Vichy

How would you describe your strengths?:  “Swimming is definitely my strength, although I didnt work to much on my swim anymore this last year, to investe more time in bike and running.”

How has your lead-up been and what are your goals for the race?:  “I had a good winter with lots of training with no big injuries or illness. I work a lot on the bike and run, and hope it will finally pay off in Texas. I am really excited to race and to see how fit I am. I never raced an IM this early of the year as I usually finish the season always late with IM Cozumel.”

Goals for this race?:  “So this will be new, but I hope to qualify for Kona this year, so I will have other options if Texas wont be the race i am willing to have.”

 

 

Maja Stage-Nielsen (61)

 

 

Equipment:

2XU, Skechers, Cervélo, CeramicSpeed, HED, Bliz, Suunto, 32Gi, Triudstyr.dk
EnergiMetropol Esbjerg

Race setup: 2XU kit, Cervélo P5 with CeramicSpeed inside and HED Wheels
Skechers GoRun4, Suunto Spartan, Bliz Tempo, fueled by 32Gi

Coach: Faris Al-Sultan, Swim Coach: Bo Jacobsen

Recent Results:
5th  – IM 70.3 Texas

2nd –  IM Mallorca

2nd –  ETU European Middle distance Championship -Challenge Walchsee

1st –  Challenge Denmark (half)

How would you describe your strengths?: “I commit to what I do.  Running has always been my strongest discipline, but I have worked a lot on the bike and feel like it starts to show.”

How has your lead-up been?:  “I have had some great camps at Club La Santa, Lanzarote, in the winter! I love riding my bike and I have never been cycling as much as I do now … that’s what happen when you change to a German Coach I guess.”
Goals for this race?: “I’m very excited to race IM Texas, it’s my 2nd Ironman so I still feel like a rookie. But after my first IRONMAN at Mallorca in September, there’s no doubt, this is what I want(!) and Kona is now not only a dream but has also turned into a goal.”

 

Malindi Elmore (65)

 

Equipment:

Swim – Blue Seventy

Bike – Trek

Other – Team Timex (Shimano, Bolle, Ashwood Awards, Wivv, Ice Friction, Castelli, Stages, Greenlayer)

Coach: Matt Dixon (Purplepatch)

Recent Results:

9th – IM 70.3 Oceanside
3rd – IM Arizona
2nd – IM 70.3 Augusta 

How would you describe your strengths?: “Run, Run, Run.”

How has your lead-up been and what are your goals for the race?: “Good but different with a long winter and not much outdoor training – usually by this time of year we are well into outdoor riding but it hasn’t happened yet. Happy with progress in the pool and hoping to see it translate to racing. Also been working on bike strength and position which has been going well. The run legs seem to be coming around so looking forward to a goal of breaking three hours in the run segment.”

Goals for this race?: “Execute a solid race with a similar approach to Arizona and hope chips fall in similar fashion. Stay positive. Run run run.”

 

Annett Finger (66)

 

 

Equipment:

Swim – Aqua Sphere

Bike – Continental

Run –

Other – VEM Sachsenwerk, Bioracer

Coach: Lubos Bilek

Recent Results:

9th –  Ironman 70.3 Campeche

9th –  Ironman Cozumel

6th –  Ironman 70.3 Los Cabos

How has your lead-up been and what are your goals for the race?:  “I decided to start the race season early and have been in Tucson, Arizona and Mexico for the last couple of weeks to prepare for the IM Texas. I had a solid preparation period as well as a 70.3 competition in Campeche, Mexico. So I am happy to race next week. It’s going to be a tough day with some fast ladies.”

Goals for this race?:  I want to go home knowing I gave my best.”

Erin Green (67)

 

 

Equipment:

Swim – Blue Seventy

Bike – Blue

Run –

Other – Garneau, CLIF Bar, K-Edge, ISM, Pioneer, Tri Town Boise, Oakley, Vittoria

Coach: Robert Flanigan with Black Dragon Racing

Recent Results:

14th – IM 70.3 Oceanside
5th – IM Malaysia
7th – IM Lake Placid

How would you describe your strengths?: “Discipline, Positivity, Scrappy.”

How has your lead-up been and what are your goals for the race?: “Oceanside 70.3 was my season opener and it presents a challenging but true test of my fitness in the early season (it’s still snowing here in Boise!) While I am unsatisfied with my result, there are many good signs of my readiness for Ironman to take away from Oceanside. I am feeling strong and confident in my body’s abilities heading into this race, and being fairly new to pro Iron-distance racing, I may still be wearing the rose-colored glasses.”

Goals for this race?: “I’ve set my intention to get to Kona this year, which is a massive goal considering the talented competition I’m up against. I’m really excited to give Ironman Texas the best I have to offer and embrace all of the inevitable ups and downs of the day.”

 

Caroline Livesey (68)

 

 

(c) James Mitchell

Equipment:

Swim – Orca

Bike – Orbea

Run – Adidas

Other – Parcours, Xhale

Coach: Mark Livesey – Husband

Recent Results:

13th – IM 70.3 Bahrain
8th – IM 70.3 Xiamen
29th – IM 70.3 World Championships

How would you describe your strengths?: “Tough, Adaptable, Positive.”

How has your lead-up been and what are your goals for the race?: “I have had more time to train for this race than in previous years having reduced my hours at work this year. My build-up has been brilliant and I am looking forward to having a strong performance.”

Goals for this race?: “My goal is to race to my full potential and enjoy the experience.”

 

Jocelyn McCauley (71)

 

 

Equipment:

Swim – Zone 3

Bike – Quintana Roo

Run –

Other – Big Sexy Racing, TriSports, AudioFlood, Ruby’s lube, Ice friction, Normatec, F2C, Reynolds wheels, Kask

Coach: QT2 – Jesse Kropelnicki

Recent Results:

1st – IM New Zealand
14th – Challenge Mallorca
1st – IM Mallorca

How would you describe your strengths?: “Persistent, Positive, Powerful.”

How has your lead-up been and what are your goals for the race?: “The lead up has been ups and downs like any race. I’ve had great weeks/days and then some not as great weeks/days. I’ve never done an iron-distance this close together (seven weeks) but there are plenty of people who’ve done them closer! It’s so fun to be able to race one again so soon!”

Goals for this race?: “My main goal for the race is to walk away with more self-knowledge and self-respect that can’t be found anywhere else then when you push your body to the limit and hold on.”

 

Leslie Miller (72)

 

 

Equipment:

Swim – Blue Seventy

Bike – Guru

Run – New Balance

Other – Smashfest Queen

Coach: Hillary Biscay

Recent Results:

10th – IM 70.3 Puerto Rico
9th – IM Malaysia
2nd – IM Wisconsin

How would you describe your strengths?: “Steady, Tough, Persistent.”

How has your lead-up been and what are your goals for the race?: “Building over the winter has been challenging, I would much prefer long sunny days, haha! But the last month training has been consistent and going well.”

 

Goals for this race?: “My goal for Ironman Texas is to get a solid race under me that I can build from the remainder of the season.”

Ashley Paulson (73)

 

 

Equipment:

Swim – T3triathlon & Roka

Bike – Rudy project & Reynolds Wheels

Run – Altra Running

Other – 

Coach: Wes Johnson

Recent Results:

12th – IM 70.3 Texas
2:48 – Miami Marathon
12th – IM Arizona

How would you describe your strengths?: “I find energy in encouraging others throughout the race. My strength and passion is the RUN!”

How has your lead-up been and what are your goals for the race?: “I’ve been living in an RV with my husband and 4 kids, traveling the country the last 10 months. With the lifestyle I choose, my training is never spot on. That’s ok, my family is first in my heart. I’m just grateful I’m able to do both: have an amazing adventure with my family and tackle a few races as we go!”

DARBI ROBERTS (74)

 

 

Equipment:

Swim – Roka

Bike – Ventum

Run – Adidas

Other – Generation UCAN (nutrition), Triby3 Performance Coaching

Coach: Greg Close (TriBy3)

Recent Results:

6th – IM Arizona
1st – IM Wales
11th – IM 70.3 Eagleman

How would you describe your strengths?: “Stubborn, Emotional, Self-Control.”

How has your lead-up been and what are your goals for the race?: “I never feel like I’m ready for an early season race but lead-up has been decent. All but maybe a half dozen of my bike rides have been indoors since Jan 1 as it’s been fairly cold late into the spring in New York City and I haven’t had the luxury of long training camps in warm places. A lot of treadmill running, too, but I feel like I’m in a much better place this year than the same time last year (which was one iron-distance into the season already and completely stressed out from writing, defending, and editing a doctoral dissertation).”

 

Frankie Sanjana (75)

 

 

Equipment:

Swim – Blue Seventy (wetsuit) / TYR (swim skin)

Bike – Felt

Run – Asics

Other –

Coach: Michael Lovato

Recent Results:

16th – IM 70.3 Texas
10th – IM 70.3 Lanzarote
5th – IM 70.3 Dublin

How would you describe your strengths?: “Driven, Resilient, Determined.”

How has your lead-up been and what are your goals for the race?: “The lead up has generally been great! I’ve spent the winter initially in Lanzarote, then some time in Tucson, both great locations for training. I’ve been lucky to be able to stay in the Woodlands with a lovely homestay family since racing Galveston: this will help me acclimatise to the heat and humidity. The only downside has been some time out from running with a foot injury, but the time has gone to good use working on the swim and bike.”

Goals for this race?: “I’m yet to break the magic 10 hours for the iron-distance so that would be the dream goal!”

Ironman Texas – 2017 North American Championship Start List

51

Williamson

Kelly

FEMALE

USA (United States of America)

52

Deckers

Tine

FEMALE

BEL (Belgium)

54

Kaye

Alicia

FEMALE

USA (United States of America)

55

Brandon

Lauren

FEMALE

USA (United States of America)

56

Ferreira

Amber

FEMALE

USA (United States of America)

57

Herlbauer

Michaela

FEMALE

AUT (Austria)

58

Li

Shiao‐Yu

FEMALE

TWN (Taiwan, Province of China)

59

Robertson

Jodie

FEMALE

USA (United States of America)

60

Schaerer

Celine

FEMALE

CHE (Switzerland)

61

Stage‐Nielsen

Maja

FEMALE

DNK (Denmark)

62

Jones Meyers

Jessica

FEMALE

USA (United States of America)

65

Elmore

Malindi

FEMALE

CAN (Canada)

66

Finger

Annett

FEMALE

DEU (Germany)

67

Green

Erin

FEMALE

USA (United States of America)

68

Livesey

Caroline

FEMALE

GBR (United Kingdom)

69

Luse

Nicole

FEMALE

USA (United States of America)

71

McCauley

Jocelyn

FEMALE

USA (United States of America)

72

Miller

Leslie

FEMALE

USA (United States of America)

73

Paulson

Ashley

FEMALE

USA (United States of America)

74

Roberts

Darbi

FEMALE

USA (United States of America)

75

Sanjana

Francesca

FEMALE

GBR (United Kingdom)

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