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Sonja crushes Kona

4th time's a charm: sub-10-hours and her course record

All eyes were on Kona this past weekend to watch the best of the best compete in the Ironman World Championship. With the majority of the field gaining entry by winning their division at another Ironman event, the starting line at Kona truly represents the finest age group triathletes in the world. Many of these age groupers are also capable of giving the professionals a run for their money on the Big Island.

Punk Rock Racing’s own Sonja Wieck had earned her entry into Kona by taking the top amateur woman spot at Ironman Brasil with a finish time of 9:50:49 (her first ever sub-10-hour Ironman finish) and we were all anxious to see how Sonja would do on this, her 4th Kona appearance.

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On Saturday morning, Sonja exited the water in 1:07:12 and was immediately thrown a curveball when her T1 bag had gone missing, leaving her without her sunglasses and other key items (luckily her shoes and helmet were on the bike). By the time she exited transition, Sonja was 34th in her age group and had her work cut out for her.

Once on the bike, Sonja began picking off her competition and when it was all over, she had put 29 athletes in her rear-view mirror, exiting T2 with a 5:09:05 bike split and 5th place in her age group.

The lack of the traditional Kona wind in 2013 was welcomed on the bike but offered little “cooling” relief on the run, and all of the elites were met with some brutal conditions for the final 26.2 miles of the day. This didn’t deter Sonja as she ran a solid 3:32:42 marathon and crossed the finish line in 9:54:42 (a personal best for Kona), taking 6th place in her age group (39th overall woman).

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Kona represents Sonja's second straight sub-10-hour Ironman finish (a new trend?) and validates her continued dedication to training hard, training smart and training to improve.

How good was the field in Kona? Of the 2,134 athletes who raced, 251 finished in under 9:30 (versus 109 in 2012). Oh, and a new woman’s course record was set when Mirinda Carfrae crossed the finish line in 8:52:14 after running the 3rd fastest marathon of the entire field in 2:50:38 (that’s not a typo).

So there you have it: Sonja laced them up against the best in the world and delivered a course PR and inspired us all -- again.

Well done, Sonja!!

sonjakona2013medal.jpg

Sonja crushes Kona

4th time's a charm: sub-10-hours and her course record

All eyes were on Kona this past weekend to watch the best of the best compete in the Ironman World Championship. With the majority of the field gaining entry by winning their division at another Ironman event, the starting line at Kona truly represents the finest age group triathletes in the world. Many of these age groupers are also capable of giving the professionals a run for their money on the Big Island.

Punk Rock Racing’s own Sonja Wieck had earned her entry into Kona by taking the top amateur woman spot at Ironman Brasil with a finish time of 9:50:49 (her first ever sub-10-hour Ironman finish) and we were all anxious to see how Sonja would do on this, her 4th Kona appearance.

sonjakona2013.jpg

On Saturday morning, Sonja exited the water in 1:07:12 and was immediately thrown a curveball when her T1 bag had gone missing, leaving her without her sunglasses and other key items (luckily her shoes and helmet were on the bike). By the time she exited transition, Sonja was 34th in her age group and had her work cut out for her.

Once on the bike, Sonja began picking off her competition and when it was all over, she had put 29 athletes in her rear-view mirror, exiting T2 with a 5:09:05 bike split and 5th place in her age group.

The lack of the traditional Kona wind in 2013 was welcomed on the bike but offered little “cooling” relief on the run, and all of the elites were met with some brutal conditions for the final 26.2 miles of the day. This didn’t deter Sonja as she ran a solid 3:32:42 marathon and crossed the finish line in 9:54:42 (a personal best for Kona), taking 6th place in her age group (39th overall woman).

sonjakona2013number.jpg

Kona represents Sonja's second straight sub-10-hour Ironman finish (a new trend?) and validates her continued dedication to training hard, training smart and training to improve.

How good was the field in Kona? Of the 2,134 athletes who raced, 251 finished in under 9:30 (versus 109 in 2012). Oh, and a new woman’s course record was set when Mirinda Carfrae crossed the finish line in 8:52:14 after running the 3rd fastest marathon of the entire field in 2:50:38 (that’s not a typo).

So there you have it: Sonja laced them up against the best in the world and delivered a course PR and inspired us all -- again.

Well done, Sonja!!

sonjakona2013medal.jpg