What thoughts and influences contribute to making the decision to go Pro? Was this a difficult decision to make?

Each week I am posting a number of questions I have asked pro triathletes from an old media business I use to own.

 

LUKE MCKENZIE

I was part of the Australian Institute of Sport program when I was a junior and living and training in France in 2001 & 2002 gave me a taste of going pro full time. In 2003 I traveled to the USA and based in San Diego and found I was more competitive at the Non-Drafting format and switched my focus from ITU and Olympic selection aspirations to ultimately Half Ironman and Ironman.

 

Elly Frank

Everyone has different reasons for going Pro. Unfortunately being top 50 in the world doesn’t make you rich like in some sports! Pro status doesn’t mean you can tell your boss what you really think and throw away the stilettos. Most Pros work or focus on generating sponsors and this takes a lot of time also. For some people the style of racing age group suits their strengths and they can win as an age grouper but perform poorly when incorporated into the pro race tactics.

For me it was about the competition and opportunity to race a lot and see the world. In my first Ironman I placed in my age group at Kona, and then raced Ironman Australia and won my age group by over half an hour. That was enough for me to want to race in the Pro category, even if it meant getting hooped occasionally! I think the level of competition in female triathlons has dramatically improved in the last 3-4 years.

A small percentage can make a living out of it. Some prize money here and there and building a reputation definitely helps fund the lifestyle. A lot of athletes who gain their pro licence are lost in the numbers for a while, but having to wait 2 years to switch back to age group again is a deterrent.

Triathlon is not generally a sport you can become the best overnight, and I think more age groupers who are eligible should step up if they are mentally ready for the challenge of racing pro and the self-inflicted pressure. At the end of the day, the sun will keep coming up each day, and it’s what makes you happy.

 

RONNIE SCHILDKNECHT

My parents always pushed school so when I got the chance to join the ewz power team and get my first team paycheck in 2002 I was far from making a living out of it but I was starting as a pro. During the next 9 years I all ways studied next to training and racing. Also I worked my way up inside the team with wins at Ironman Zurich. So I really just turned full time pro last year when I finished my Bachlor in Communications. Because of my free time now I started with a bit of coaching now because I really like to help athletes reaching their goals and sharing my experiences.

 

MELISSA HAUSCHILDT

My very first half ironman (Gold Coast Half IM) I raced elite and won beating many top pro triathletes so the decision was not a hard one.

 

IAN MIKELSON

I had gotten to a point (and trust me I say this not to boast) where I was doing pretty well at most races and just figured the step up in the competition level would do me good. I had qualified for my professional license early in 2009, but I really didn’t know it or even think about it. After racing Kona that year, it became much more of a reality to me, and I decided to give it a shot. It was not really that tough of a decision for me because I was still working full time as an attorney. So I didn’t have the pressure to “make a living” from the sport. I thrived on the competition and loved racing so it was somewhat of a “no-brainer” for me. Making the leap to full time training and racing, and leaving the desk job behind (& steady paycheck) behind was a much weightier decision.

 

GINA CRAWFORD

I started with the short races and then within a couple of months I was up to doing a standard distance race and the second one I did I won. I got a coach and started training around 15 hr a week while still working 3 jobs (as a high school maths teacher, teaching the violin, and playing in the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra). The next year I did a whole lot of racing in the standard distance event and won most of them. I started to think I could maybe foot it with the professionals, and left my job as a high school Maths teacher but continued with my other 2 jobs. I knew it was a risk but for me I want to live my life without regrets. My goal turned towards doing an ironman (1st one was March 2007). In New Zealand there is no professional licence as such and so I just believed that I could get in the top 10 and wanted to win some money for my efforts so entered as a pro. I came 5th. After that I raced always as a pro and still worked a bit on the side. My first ironman win came in September 2007 and now I have 9 iron distance titles and am looking for my tenth.

 

JOHAN BORG

I did Ironman NZ in 2010 as my first ironman and won my age group and finished just outside the top 10. After that a few people told me to consider getting my pro licence. After NZ I really wanted to do Ironman WA at the end of the year but hadn’t signed up. But by getting my pro licence I would be able to do it. So I applied and it went through. Unfortunately I couldn’t do the race because I got injured before. Looking back it might have been a bit early to get my pro licence but I recon I’v gotten more long term benefits from the extra experience of racing in the pro field instead of doing well in age group.

 

CLAYTON FETTELL

I always wanted to be a professional sportsman, and in my late teens I started to see promising signs that I had something, and knew what I wanted.

 

Matty White

I first chose to go pro in my early 20s after quitting my job I moved to the gold coast to train with Col Stewarts squad which was jam packed with all the big names at the time. I figured that I was young enough to have a good crack at living the dream and it was totally my decision. Being a professional sportsperson has always been a dream of mine so it wasn’t a hard decision.

 

SIMON COCHRANE

I had a few consecutive age-group wins, had qualified and raced at the Hawaii World Champs a couple of times. It was a tough decision to make the step up but it had always been my dream to race Ironman as a Professional. My theory is you never know until you try, I have had a few top-10 finishes in my first Pro season so I think I have validated my decision with some good consistent racing and continually learning and improving each time. I’m only 28 and the top guys are pushing hard right up past 40 now.

 

PHILIP GRAVES

Not really, i won Ironman Uk and 70.3 UK in 2009 whilst i was in my 2nd year of university so after finishing my 3rd year of my History degree it was the natural path to take.

 

RICHIE CUNNINGHAM

As a kid, I always wanted to be a pro athlete. After my brother introduced me to triathlon, I knew that was what I wanted to do, but I joined the military right after that so I didn’t get to chase that dream until 6 years later. It was an easy decision to go pro, but it took me 10 years as a pro to become successful. The hard part was surviving as a pro.

 

JOSH AMBERGER

Not to sound condescending or anything but I don’t really consider myself professional. Being a pro means making a good living, and that’s something that has become few and far between amongst Australian athletes. While I don’t have a full time job and I dedicate all my time to sport (apart from part-time study), I think acutally ‘turning pro’ is a few years away. I have some loyal sponsors, and I’m currently building on these relationships. At the moment, I’m doing okay, but as I said, I wouldn’t call myself professional just yet.

Aside from this, I’ve always been at the pointy end of high performance sport, be that swimming or running when I was younger, or Triathlon in latter years. It was an organic decision to dedicate myself to racing at the highest level.

 

RICHARD WHITFIELD

I had talked to my coach Russell Cox about it last season. When racing I was placing well in races and beating pros. The real turning point, I came off my bike 3weeks out of IM Wales. I was sat in a Spanish hospital after breaking my collar bone. I made up my mind at that point thinking, what have I got to lose.

 

ANDI BOECHERER

After school I went directly to university to study Mathematics and I started to train more and improved really quickly. That time my girlfriend and me decided to start a family. After finishing 7th at the Ironman European Championships and completing a bacchelor I just wasn’t able to handle all three family, university and my sporting carreer so I quit university and concentrated on triathlon. And I was absolutely happy to spend a lot of time with our little taughter Paula and see her grow up and discover the world every single day.

 

GUY CRAWFORD

Funny you ask I just ran a seminar on this the other week.
•Choosing the right time
•Getting a results database
•Age group/ pro racing are very different
•Be smart, keep working, Patience. you can still work and race, you don’t have to drop everything
•Start planning now.
•The plan to go bankrupt slowly isn’t a good one. ie: saving up to turning pro isn’t going to pay the bills
•Other things to consider: Sponsors, cash flow, travel

 

JOSH RIX

I had been getting faster and scoring some wins in my local triathlon series, in the Open Elite category, so once I had finished my university degree I guess the competitive nature I have inside me got the better of me and I just wanted to try and see if I was capable of making it as a professional.

 

JAMES HODGE

To be honest I did not think I would be going pro for a long time, as I did not think I could be at that level for a long time considering all my other commitments. But after my race at the Coles Bay 100 I decided to apply for my pro licence which I got granted the next week. The decision to go pro was one of the easiest decisions I have ever made, as I had always dreamt of racing against the other pros that I had looked up to for so long and getting the pro licence was the only way to race them.

 

MICHAEL LOVATO

It took me seven years of racing in the age group ranks before I felt that I was competitive enough to race pro. In fact, several of the guys who I was beating in my age group had turned pro before me. I wanted to make sure that I was not making the move prematurely. I had some success at the top of the half ironman ranks – from an overall amateur standpoint – and even entered T2 at Kona within the top 20 overall. But even those successes did not give me the confidence that I could contend in the pro ranks. I finally made the jump after determining that racing head-to-head with the best was going to be the best way to make myself better.

 

 

 

 

 

Ironman 70.3 St George Pro Start List

  • Race: Ironman 70.3 St George
  • Date: 5th May 2018

 

Pro Men

1 Sanders Lionel CAN (Canada)
2 Kienle Sebastian DEU (Germany)
3 Reed Tim AUS (Australia)
4 Gambles Joe AUS (Australia)
5 Raelert Michael DEU (Germany)
6 Appleton Sam AUS (Australia)
7 Hanson Matt USA (United States of America)
8 Tollakson TJ USA (United States of America)
9 Weiss Michael AUT (Austria)
10 Wurtele Trevor CAN (Canada)
11 Metzler Justin USA (United States of America)
12 Wade Robbie IRL (Ireland)
14 Talansky Andrew USA (United States of America)
15 Acevedo Rodrigo COL (Colombia)
16 Brady Patrick USA (United States of America)
17 Costes Antony FRA (France)
18 Dominguez Ivan USA (United States of America)
19 Franklin Matt NZL (New Zealand)
20 Granet Nicholas FRA (France)
21 Shanks Matthew USA (United States of America)
22 Jolicoeur DesAntoine CAN (Canada)
23 Long Sam USA (United States of America)
24 McKeon Patrick USA (United States of America)
25 Melo Breno USA (United States of America)
26 Pohl Jason CAN (Canada)
27 FOLTS BRIAN USA (United States of America)
28 Portmann Kevin FRA (France)
29 Hudacek Corbin USA (United States of America)
30 Sosinski James USA (United States of America)

FEMALE PROS

35 Wurtele Heather CAN (Canada)
36 Kessler Meredith USA (United States of America)
37 Seymour Jeanni ZAF (South Africa)
38 True Sarah USA (United States of America)
39 Kaye Alicia USA (United States of America)
40 McQuaid Melanie CAN (Canada)
41 Bromme Uli USA (United States of America)
42 Evans Katy USA (United States of America)
43 Findlay Paula CAN (Canada)
44 Herlbauer Michaela AUT (Austria)
46 Brown Christen USA (United States of America)
47 Bugdol Ewa POL (Poland)
48 Chaffin Morgan USA (United States of America)
49 Dingman Danielle USA (United States of America)
50 FOLTS Monica USA (United States of America)
51 Green Erin USA (United States of America)
52 Jahn Kirsty CAN (Canada)
53 Jarvis Sarah DEU (Germany)
54 Lentzke Jennifer CAN (Canada)
55 Oliveira Pamella BRA (Brazil)
56 Olson Rachel USA (United States of America)
57 Paulson Ashley USA (United States of America)
58 Ramsey Lenny NLD (Netherlands)
59 Ray Erin USA (United States of America)
60 Wiens Kyra USA (United States of America)

CHALLENGE MOGÁN GRAN CANARIA PRO LIST

CHALLENGE MOGÁN GRAN CANARIACHALLENGE MOGÁN GRAN CANARIA

Date: 21st April 2018

Pro Men

1 ALISTAIR BROWNLEE

4 ERIC WATSON

5 JACEK TYCZYNSKI

6 KACPER ADAM

7 ALISTAIR EECKMAN

8 JORDI GARCIA GRACIA

9 MATTHIAS KNOSSALLA

10 JENS FROMMHOLD

11 DIRK WIJNALDA

2 KÜNG MANUEL

12 MIKEL ELGEZABAL FERNÁNDEZ

14 DANIEL MUGICA CORRALES

15 STENN GOETSTOUWERS

16 WILLIAM COWEN

17 SVEN VAN LUYCK

18 THOMAS DAVIS

19 JULIAN MUTTERER

20 SANNE SWOLFS

3 HEEMERYCK PIETER

21 GEORGII KAUROV

22 JOAN RUVIRETA BRUFAU

23 STEPHEN DONNELLY

24 MAXIME VERSTRAETE

215 DAVIDE GIARDINI

214 MARK BUCKINGHAM

 

No pro females listed

2018 Ironman South Africa Results

  • 2018 Ironman South Africa Results 
  • Sunday 15th April

 

Pro Males

1 Kyle BUCKINGHAM 08:13:00
2 Josh AMBERGER 08:16:01
3 Maurice CLAVEL 08:18:51
4 Cameron WURF 08:20:07
5 Ronnie SCHILDKNECHT 8:23:09
6 Jonathan Shearon 08:23:57
7 Alessandro DEGASPERI 08:25:10
8 Giulio MOLINARI 08:25:29
9 Philipp KOUTNY 08:26:18
10 Eneko LLANOS 08:31:55

 

Pro Females

1 Lucy CHARLES 08:56:06
2 Susie CHEETHAM 09:02:58
3 Linsey CORBIN 09:07:10
4 Rachel MCBRIDE 09:18:34
5 Manon GENET 09:21:59
6 Gurutze FRADES 09:30:14
7 Katharina GROHMANN 09:35:07
8 Martina KUNZ 09:36:40
9 Maja STAGE NIELSEN 09:37:21
10 Annah WATKINSON 09:38:30

2018 Ironman 70.3 Liuzhou Results

Ironman 70.3 Liuzhou
Liuzhou, China
April 14, 2018

 

Men
1. Alistair Brownlee (GBR) 3:45:28
2. Craig Alexander (AUS) 3:49:17
3. Sam Betten (AUS) 3:50:21
4. Mark Buckingham (GBR) 3:54:29
5. Justin Metzler (USA) 3:55:47

Women
1. Agnieszka Jerzyk (POL) 4:19:45
2. Imogen Simmonds (SUI) 4:19:51
3. Sarah Piampiano (USA) 4:20:45
4. Sue Huse (USA) 4:21:43
5. Anna Eberhardt (HUN) 4:29:08

Ironman Texas Pro Start List

  • Race: Ironman Texas – North American Championship
  • Date: 28th April 2018

 

Male Pros

1 Hanson Matt USA (United States of America)
2 Van Lierde Frederik BEL (Belgium)
3 Starykowicz Andrew USA (United States of America)
4 Berkel Tim AUS (Australia)
5 McMahon Brent CAN (Canada)
7 Wild Ruedi CHE (Switzerland)
8 Wurf Cameron AUS (Australia)
9 Russell Matt USA (United States of America)
10 Plese David SVN (Slovenia)
11 Major Jozsef HUN (Hungary)
12 Daerr Justin USA (United States of America)
14 Clarke Will GBR (United Kingdom)
15 Jurkiewicz Jeremy FRA (France)
16 Matthews Paul AUS (Australia)
17 Sapunov Daniil UKR (Ukraine)
18 van Berkel Jan CHE (Switzerland)
19 Tutukin Ivan RUS (Russian Federation)
20 Skipper Joe GBR (United Kingdom)
21 Luft Mikolaj POL (Poland)
22 Koutny Philipp CHE (Switzerland)
23 Delsaut Trevor FRA (France)
24 Close Gregory USA (United States of America)
25 Duelsen Marc DEU (Germany)
26 Huerzeler Samuel CHE (Switzerland)
27 Vondracek Jesse USA (United States of America)
28 Long Sam USA (United States of America)
29 Ackermann Johann DEU (Germany)
30 Alonso McKernan MIchael Patrick ESP (Spain)
31 Becker Blake USA (United States of America)
32 Biessmann Max USA (United States of America)
33 Bittner Per DEU (Germany)
34 Botelho Raymond USA (United States of America)
35 Capparell James USA (United States of America)
36 Chikin Alexander RUS (Russian Federation)
37 Donnelly Sean DEU (Germany)
38 Fox Michael AUS (Australia)
39 Garcia Derek USA (United States of America)
40 Giglmayr Andreas AUT (Austria)
41 Hipple Tripp USA (United States of America)
42 Hoegenhaug Kristian DNK (Denmark)
43 Kotland Peter USA (United States of America)
44 Laughery Colin USA (United States of America)
45 Lubinski Jim USA (United States of America)
46 Modic Matic SVN (Slovenia)
47 Monnink Jordan CAN (Canada)
48 Najmowicz Sebastian POL (Poland)
49 Odeyn Seppe BEL (Belgium)
50 Rubio Gómez Ignacio ESP (Spain)
51 Schifferle Mike CHE (Switzerland)
52 Shanks Matthew USA (United States of America)
53 Sinai Ohad ISR (Israel)
54 Stock Chris USA (United States of America)

 

Female Pros

61 Robertson Jodie USA (United States of America)
62 Hauschildt Melissa AUS (Australia)
63 Kessler Meredith USA (United States of America)
64 Corbin Linsey USA (United States of America)
65 Vesterby Michelle DNK (Denmark)
66 Naeth Angela CAN (Canada)
67 McCauley Jocelyn USA (United States of America)
68 Griesbauer Dede USA (United States of America)
69 Cheetham Susie GBR (United Kingdom)
70 Deckers Tine BEL (Belgium)
71 Morrison Kimberley GBR (United Kingdom)
72 Brandon Lauren USA (United States of America)
73 Watkinson Annah ZAF (South Africa)
74 Annett Jen CAN (Canada)
75 Duke Dimity‐Lee AUS (Australia)
76 McBride Rachel CAN (Canada)
77 Smith Lesley USA (United States of America)
78 Fillnow Kelly USA (United States of America)
79 Basso Anne FRA (France)
81 Gregory Caroline USA (United States of America)
82 Hardage Robyn CAN (Canada)
83 Herrero Gomez Helena ESP (Spain)
84 Kotopulu Helena CZE (Czech Republic)
85 Livesey Caroline GBR (United Kingdom)
86 Paulson Ashley USA (United States of America)
87 Roberts Darbi USA (United States of America)
88 Svensk Sara SWE (Sweden)
89 Goodell Kimberly USA (United States of America)
89 Wendorff Amanda USA (United States of America)

70.3 MARBELLA PRO START LIST

  • Race: Ironman 70.3 Marbella
  • Date: 29th April 2018

 

Male Pros

1 McNamee David MPRO GBR (United Kingdom )
2 Stein Boris MPRO DEU (Germany)
3 Dreitz Andreas MPRO DEU (Germany)
4 Guillaume Romain MPRO FRA (France)
5 Del Corral Victor MPRO ESP (Spain)
6 Kueng Manuel MPRO CHE (Switzerland)
7 Fidalgo Miguel Angel MPRO ESP (Spain)
8 Moreno Molins Albert MPRO ESP (Spain)
9 Petersen-Bach Jens MPRO DNK (Denmark)
10 Leiferman Chris MPRO USA (United States of America)
11 Moldan Johannes MPRO DEU (Germany)
12 Van Houtem Timothy MPRO BEL (Belgium)
13 Thomschke Markus MPRO DEU (Germany)
14 Schilling Alexander MPRO DEU (Germany)
15 Kramer Christian MPRO DEU (Germany)
16 Passuello Domenico MPRO ITA (Italy)
17 Aznar Gallego Carlos MPRO ESP (Spain)
18 Ruzafa Ruben MPRO ESP (Spain)
19 Lyatskiy Andrey MPRO RUS (Russian Federation)
20 Hovda Allan MPRO NOR (Norway)
21 Leeman Matthew MPRO GBR (United Kingdom)
22 Kalistratov Aleksey MPRO RUS (Russian Federation)
23 Smales Elliot MPRO GBR (United Kingdom )
24 Amirault Lucas MPRO FRA (France)
25 Bækkegård Daniel MPRO DNK (Denmark)
26 Irvine Henry MPRO GBR (United Kingdom))
27 Vandendriessche Kenneth MPRO BEL (Belgium)
28 Wium Nicolai MPRO DNK (Denmark)
29 Cadario Anthony MPRO FRA (France)
30 Nybo Riis Jesper MPRO DNK (Denmark)

31 Drachler Tobias MPRO DEU (Germany)
32 Rolli Markus MPRO DEU (Germany)
33 Vold Lars Christian MPRO NOR (Norway)
34 Van Luyck Sven MPRO BEL (Belgium)
35 Babin Romain MPRO CHL (Chile)
36 Horseau Arthur MPRO FRA (France)
37 Strange Hansen Thomas MPRO DNK (Denmark)
38 Sorbara Frank MPRO CAN (Canada)
39 Badar Gergo MPRO HUN (Hungary)
40 Blanchart Tintó Miquel MPRO ESP (Spain)
41 Sagarzazu Pego Imanol MPRO ESP (Spain)
42 Swolfs Sanne MPRO BEL (Belgium)
43 Batisda Andujar Pedro Jose MPRO ESP (Spain)
44 Arroyo Bugallo Victor MPRO ESP (Spain)
45 Westover Richard MPRO GBR (United Kingdom )
46 Banach Bartosz MPRO POL (Poland)
47 Louys Michael MPRO BEL (Belgium)
49 Reitmayr Paul MPRO AUT (Austria)
50 Formela Daniel MPRO POL (Poland)
51 Haller Adrian MPRO CHE (Switzerland)
52 Csoke Balazs MPRO HUN (Hungary)
53 Jaberg Patrick MPRO CHE (Switzerland)
54 Augustyniak Krzysztof MPRO POL (Poland)
55 Wymmersch Dominique MPRO ESP (Spain)
56 Elosegui Eneko MPRO ESP (Spain)
57 Rundstadler Kevin MPRO FRA (France)
58 Lawicki Marcin MPRO POL (Poland)
59 Hentschel Felix MPRO DEU (Germany)
60 Baelus Dirk MPRO BEL (Belgium)

 

Female Pros

70 Pallant Emma FPRO GBR (United Kingdom )
71 Beranek Anja FPRO DEU (Germany)
72 Philipp Laura FPRO DEU (Germany)
73 Huetthaler Lisa FPRO AUT (Austria)
74 Saemmler Daniela FPRO DEU (Germany)
75 Tondeur Alexandra FPRO BEL (Belgium)
76 Seymour Natalie FPRO GBR (United Kingdom )
77 Corachán Vaquera Judith FPRO ESP (Spain)
78 Goos Sofie FPRO BEL (Belgium)

79 Morel Charlotte FPRO FRA (France)
80 Schaerer Celine FPRO CHE (Switzerland)
81 Ollé Gatell Dolça FPRO ESP (Spain)
82 Bellinga Rahel FPRO NLD (Netherlands)
83 Bueno Pérez Patricia FPRO ESP (Spain)
84 Richards Suzie FPRO GBR (United Kingdom )
85 Gehnboeck Sylvia FPRO AUT (Austria)
86 Van Rooijen Carla FPRO NLD (Netherlands)
87 De Nicola Federica FPRO ITA (Italy)
88 Bernardi Marta FPRO ITA (Italy)
89 Virtanen Johanna FPRO FIN (Finland)