FUN IS FAST. AND HUMID. ZWIFT AT KONA.
After countless miles and kilometers, the big show is almost here, the IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP. Zwift is here in full force with the Specialized Zwift Academy Tri Team. All eight are competing as well as mentor, Sarah True. Since all work and no play makes for a dull lead-in to race day, we’re getting up to some shenanigans. Join us. There are both IRL action on Kona as well as in-game options for folks who wish they were in Kona. Check back here regularly for the latest.
ROAD TO KONA 2019
Pro athletes, Lionel Sanders & Lucy Charles, are not only familiar faces in Watopia but also burning for race day. Check out their preparation ahead of the Big Dance, October 12th.
JOIN IN THE ACTION WITH THE ZWIFT HEAT IT UP MISSION
Home or away, join us for the Kona Heat It Up Mission from October 5th to October 13th. Ride 112 miles//180 km, and run 26.2 miles//42km to complete the IRONMAN World Championship distance and unlock some sweet kit. No need to do it in one go, you can chip away at these distances throughout the challenge, all rides and runs counts.
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Race day did not disappoint! From new champions being crowned to humbling experiences, the 2019 IRONMAN World Championships was one to remember. Well done to everyone who raced, inspirational! Check out the scenes from a hard, hot and long day on the Big Island below.
And it cannot go unmentioned. A massive well done to the whole Specialized Zwift Academy Tri Team, who battled the elements and gave it everything. Here are their Age-Group placings:
Ruth Purbrook - 1st
Natia Gous - 1st
Maggie Walsh - 2nd
Yvonne Timewell - 3rd
Philipp Herber - 4th
Levi Hauwert - 6th
Paul Lunn - 11th
Justin Lippert - 29th
One more sleep till the 2019 IRONMAN World Championships. Today was all about the finishing touches, from prep sessions and fuelling to racking bikes and getting an early night. Good luck to everyone racing tomorrow, NB to Ride On.
The Power Up Tri Podcast Kona preview is now live, take a listen to see who the crew has their money on. Listen here.
When it comes to authentic IRONMAN traditions, the Underpants Run takes the cakes. Continuing its 22 year streak, hundreds of IRONMAN athletes strip down to their skimpies and show off all the hard work that’s been put in to get to this point. With the World Championships just a few days away, some athletes take the run more seriously than others! Oh and it's time for the athletes to check in.
3 legendary pros, 2 Zwift Academy Tri Team athletes, all the coffee! The Zwift House hosted the WITSUP crew for some breakfast and convo on women in triathlon. As we get closer to race day, the athletes are sharpening fitness to be primed and ready for the big dance.
Tuesday morning was all about tackling the climb up to Hawi as a team. Oh, and grabbing a well earned coffee at the top. A few athletes had runs to do, while in town the Parade of Nations kicked off.
No better way to work up an appetite than riding around active volcanoes at sunrise! Following the workouts, we were beyond excited to be joined for lunch by six-time IRONMAN World Champion and legend, Mark Allen. Stay tuned for more action with the King of Kona.
What a day! From a star-studded Legends Pro Panel with Mark Allen, Craig Alexander, Sarah True and Tim Don to a Specialized Zwift Academy Tri Team bike upgrade thanks to Ceramic Speed, it has been full on. Check out the scenes from today's Big Island action.
We’re one week away! In prep for the big race, the athletes jumped on the bike and laced up their running shoes to check out the course. When it comes to Kona, experience pays off and having every bit of time on the Queen K Highway and in the Energy Lab counts. Peep the Saturday action below!
Zwift has landed in Kona! We’re just 8 days away from the 2019 IRONMAN World Championships and the Specialized Zwift Academy Tri Team athletes are ready to go. The work has been put in and now it’s all about fine-tuning those countless hours of preparation! Check out the swim, bike, fun action from the day.