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Michelle wins AG, Sonja lands on podium

A great day at Ironman Coeur D'Alene

What's it like to lead your age group from start to finish of a 140.6-mile triathlon? Punk Rock Racing athlete Michelle Ford knows now, and her reward is qualifying for the Kona Ironman championship this fall.

She'll be joined there by fellow PxRx athlete Sonja Wieck, who took third in her age group at Ironman Coeur D'Alene despite a flat tire. After a little celebrating, the two training buddies are already back in training mode.

On race day in Idaho, Michelle finished the 2.4-mile swim in 1:02:48. She biked 112 miles in 5:36:23 (20 mph pace). Then she ran a marathon (26.2 miles) in 3:54:25, for an average 8:56 pace. Her total Ironman time of 10:41 was a massive 30-minute personal record, and put her eight minutes ahead of the second-place finisher.

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Sonja already qualified for Kona last fall, but apparently she doesn't slow down even without pressure. In Coeur D'Alene, she finished the swim in 1:08:47, then biked for 5:44. She lost about 11 minutes due to a flat tire that caused some troubles, but she managed to start the run at sixth place in her division. Her run pace of 8:04 per mile resulted in a 3:31:29 marathon, and moved her into third place. She finished in 10:29:28.

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Congratulations, Michelle and Sonja! We can't wait to see you take on Kona again.

 

Michelle wins AG, Sonja lands on podium

A great day at Ironman Coeur D'Alene

What's it like to lead your age group from start to finish of a 140.6-mile triathlon? Punk Rock Racing athlete Michelle Ford knows now, and her reward is qualifying for the Kona Ironman championship this fall.

She'll be joined there by fellow PxRx athlete Sonja Wieck, who took third in her age group at Ironman Coeur D'Alene despite a flat tire. After a little celebrating, the two training buddies are already back in training mode.

On race day in Idaho, Michelle finished the 2.4-mile swim in 1:02:48. She biked 112 miles in 5:36:23 (20 mph pace). Then she ran a marathon (26.2 miles) in 3:54:25, for an average 8:56 pace. Her total Ironman time of 10:41 was a massive 30-minute personal record, and put her eight minutes ahead of the second-place finisher.

michelleimcdabikesm.jpg

Sonja already qualified for Kona last fall, but apparently she doesn't slow down even without pressure. In Coeur D'Alene, she finished the swim in 1:08:47, then biked for 5:44. She lost about 11 minutes due to a flat tire that caused some troubles, but she managed to start the run at sixth place in her division. Her run pace of 8:04 per mile resulted in a 3:31:29 marathon, and moved her into third place. She finished in 10:29:28.

sonjaimcdarunsm.jpg

Congratulations, Michelle and Sonja! We can't wait to see you take on Kona again.