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Sonja & Michelle: Kona bound (again)

Their tale of Desert Domination

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It was just 5 weeks ago that Punk Rock Racing’s Sonja Wieck crossed the finish line of the Ironman World Championship in an impressive 9:54:42. But, unlike most athletes, Sonja didn’t return home to enjoy the off season (that’s just not her style). Sonja took a week off and then she was right back to training for ANOTHER Ironman event – Ironman Arizona. And oh what a race it was.

Sonja exited the water in 1:04:19 and in 14th place, leaving her with a bit of catching up to do. But once on the bike, it was time for Sonja to highlight her strengths and it wasn’t long before she was leading her age group on the bike. In fact, with her 4:56:33 bike split, Sonja was the first amateur women as she headed out to run the marathon.

With 26.2 miles to go, Sonja continued to put distance between her and all of the amateur athletes with an impressive 3:30:14 marathon.

Sonja crossed the finish line at Ironman Arizona in 9:35:54, a PR of more than 15 minutes. Not only was this the top amateur spot, but she also beat 15 of the 27 professional women who finished the race on that day.

Not to be outdone, Michelle Ford was determined to find her way back to Kona in 2014 and, quite frankly, she put on a clinic of her own in the desert.

Michelle has always been a strong swimmer and her 58:37 swim split verifies that she spent some time in the pool this year. Once out of the water, Michelle quickly secured her spot in first place of her age group, and she never relinquished that position. By the time she reached T2, Michelle had managed a 5:02:28 bike split and was right behind Sonja as the 2nd place amateur off the bike.

These races are won and lost during the marathon and Michelle never stopped pushing through the pain to finish the marathon in 4:04:36 and cross the finish line in 10:13:51 with new PR and a huge smile on her face. Not only did she punch a ticket to Kona 2014, but she also won her age group.

2014 will mark the third time both Sonja and Michelle will be competing in the Ironman World Championship, and Punk Rock Racing is beyond proud to be associated with these two amazing ambassadors of the sport.

Well done…. 

Sonja & Michelle: Kona bound (again)

Their tale of Desert Domination

imaz2014.jpg

It was just 5 weeks ago that Punk Rock Racing’s Sonja Wieck crossed the finish line of the Ironman World Championship in an impressive 9:54:42. But, unlike most athletes, Sonja didn’t return home to enjoy the off season (that’s just not her style). Sonja took a week off and then she was right back to training for ANOTHER Ironman event – Ironman Arizona. And oh what a race it was.

Sonja exited the water in 1:04:19 and in 14th place, leaving her with a bit of catching up to do. But once on the bike, it was time for Sonja to highlight her strengths and it wasn’t long before she was leading her age group on the bike. In fact, with her 4:56:33 bike split, Sonja was the first amateur women as she headed out to run the marathon.

With 26.2 miles to go, Sonja continued to put distance between her and all of the amateur athletes with an impressive 3:30:14 marathon.

Sonja crossed the finish line at Ironman Arizona in 9:35:54, a PR of more than 15 minutes. Not only was this the top amateur spot, but she also beat 15 of the 27 professional women who finished the race on that day.

Not to be outdone, Michelle Ford was determined to find her way back to Kona in 2014 and, quite frankly, she put on a clinic of her own in the desert.

Michelle has always been a strong swimmer and her 58:37 swim split verifies that she spent some time in the pool this year. Once out of the water, Michelle quickly secured her spot in first place of her age group, and she never relinquished that position. By the time she reached T2, Michelle had managed a 5:02:28 bike split and was right behind Sonja as the 2nd place amateur off the bike.

These races are won and lost during the marathon and Michelle never stopped pushing through the pain to finish the marathon in 4:04:36 and cross the finish line in 10:13:51 with new PR and a huge smile on her face. Not only did she punch a ticket to Kona 2014, but she also won her age group.

2014 will mark the third time both Sonja and Michelle will be competing in the Ironman World Championship, and Punk Rock Racing is beyond proud to be associated with these two amazing ambassadors of the sport.

Well done….