“I don’t follow a set training schedule. I try to dictate my training by opposites,” says Jonas Colting, two-time Ultraman champion and one of the world’s top long-distance triathletes.
A native of Sweden, Colting is perhaps one of the most interesting and resourceful professional triathletes around, having developed a successful ‘side industry’ around his athletic career.
Professional athlete, writer, coach and motivational speaker all make up Colting’s daily lifestyle and he was kind enough to answer our questions in between these commitments.
Simons Town, December 1992. Another south-easter, another race and I’m nursing a broken wrist. As an aspiring albeit injured teenage triathlete now unable to compete in the opening Olympic distance triathlon of the season, I have eagerly volunteered to help out at the event as race marshall directing traffic and handing out water sachets to my fellow competitors.
But at least I’ll have a front seat view of the action.
About twenty minutes before the race start, I notice a large, familiar figure resembling a local fisherman casually walking down from the terraced parking area overlooking Long Beach wheeling a Lejeune 753 bicycle complete with shoes clipped in the pedals and carrying a shopping bag slung over his broad shoulders.
“Do you okes know where I can find a floor pump? My tyres are a bit pap”, remarks the barefoot stranger resplendent in old Dulux stained tracksuit pants and top and a Longmile visor.
This guy is no stranger. It’s Keith Anderson – South Africa’s finest triathlete, UCT graduate, fisherman and legendary waterman.
Faris Al-Sultan is the team founder and the leader of Team Abu Dhabi Triathlon. He started his Ironman career at the age of 19 on the island of Lanzarote. Within a few years he became the German epitome of Ironman. In 2005 he was crowned Ironman world champion in Kona, Hawaii.
Crank recently caught up with this Tri Legend.
Our recent chat with Scott Molina highlighted a few things, in particular the innovative Iron Tour in France which, at one stage attracted the “who’s who” of international triathletes.
One of these triathletes was Ben Bright who at the time, was nipping at the heels of the likes of Simon Lessing and Mike Pigg, while based in France racing the lucrative European circuit.
A battle-hardened professional while still a junior in the 1990s, Bright is now a triathlon coach in Great Britain who certainly would fit the description as having “been around the block” in sporting terms.
Ben provides us with an in depth account of his triathlon career with fascinating and informative detail.
Crank Cycling News is very fortunate to introduce you to Scott Molina, aka the Terminator, one of the legends of triathlon and member of the sport’s fabled “Big Four” (the other members being Dave Scott, Mark Allen, Scott Tinley).
Scott was one of the pioneers of the sport in the early 1980s, with his 1988 Hawaii Ironman victory being a highlight amongst his 102 professional wins over a fifteen-year career.
Lance Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France winner, will not compete in a New Zealand triathlon next month because of a sore left knee. Armstrong had planned to compete in a sprint triathlon, but in a phone interview he said the knee condition had forced him to stop his training runs.
CRANK Cycling News goes international!
We were very fortunate to chat to Brad Kearns who, unbeknown to many, was the first athlete ever to use the tri-bar in competition way back in 1987.
The 1980s provided great strides and innovations in many pro sports with triathlon and cycling being at the forefront of this “innovation revolution”. Tri-bars, heart rate monitors, swimming specific wetsuits are just a few of the spin-offs from this pioneering era which have evolved into the mainstream equipment and training practices of today.
Now an author, coach and fitness consultant based in Auburn California, the innovative Kearns chatted to us about his pro career as well as providing some interesting views on various athletic topics.