It’s the race everybody is discussing; Jan Frodeno versus Gustav Iden versus Lionel Sanders at IRONMAN California on Sunday.
You can watch the race live (full subtleties HERE) of a race which even Gustav himself says, “On the off chance that you don’t watch this race you will miss something significant.”
Could the understudy (Iden) bring down the educator (Frodeno) in what will be his presentation endeavor at the distance? Will the GOAT proceed with his now four-year dash of unbeaten races?
To attempt to respond to those inquiries and that’s just the beginning, we approached a few competitors with genuine history with regards to what is needed to move from Olympic distance achievement, to the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship platform and afterward on to overcoming the full iron-distance.
CraIg Alexander is one of the game’s record-breaking greats. In the wake of winning the Lifetime Fitness Triathlon in 2005 (an Olympic-distance ‘Clash of the Sexes’ occasion, with the greatest prize satchel in the game at that point), Craig moved to center distance hustling. There he would win the IRONMAN 70.3 Championship twice (2006 and 2012), and afterward become IRONMAN World Champion in 2008, 2009 and 2012. ‘Crowie’ knows the stuff at the most significant levels in the game.
Tim Don is a three-time Olympian, a four-time World Champion (remembering senior titles for Triathlon Duathlon and Aquathlon) and furthermore an accomplished mentor. Tim likewise won probably the greatest check in the game ($200k) at the Hy-Vee Elite Cup in 2010 preceding his move into center and significant distance rivalry. Double a bronze medallist at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship (2014 and 2017), he likewise won his first IRONMAN (Mallorca 2014) preceding winning IRONMAN Brasil 2017 in a blisteringly quick season of 7:40:23.
Both of our specialists were really clear with regards to the possibilities of Lionel Sanders winning this end of the week – thin, best case scenario!
Craig told us: “I’m a gigantic Lionel fan, however I think this is only an extension excessively far, in any event, for somebody with his stunning forces of recuperation.
“His race at the Collins Cup multi week after IRONMAN Copenhagen was fantastic, yet I think he has such a large number of ongoing long distance races in his legs to bicycle hard and afterward run sub-2:40, which is the thing that it may take on a quick course (note: quick doesn’t mean simple!). I actually anticipate that Lionel should turn in a top notch race however I figure California will be battled out among Jan and Gustav.”
Tim was really immediate with his interpretation of Lionel’s apparently late choice to race in Sacramento:
“First up, I am astonished Lionel is dashing – would he say he is insane?! Fourteen days prior, he planned to reset and develop to next season and presently he has done an other huge U-turn. I think his new mentor is Gustav’s elder sibling; possibly if Lionel can get him he will work for him, yet I simply don’t get Lionel with all that ability.”
“I’m speculating Cameron Wurf will not race, yet he invests some energy in L.A. over the colder time of year so he may… , yet with Mallorca in his legs I don’t figure he will be in with an opportunity for the WIN, yet could affect the race enormously with his huge bicycle leg.”