Kona Confidential

  • By Holly Bennett
  • Published Feb 22, 2012
  • Updated Oct 31, 2014 at 4:37 PM UTC

This article originally appeared in the November 2011 issue of Triathlete magazine as a preview to the 2011 Ironman World Championship. It was recently named a finalist in the “Best Published Written Triathlon Article of 2011” category at the Triathlon America Awards. Read the other finalist from Triathlete magazine “Back To His Roots” by Julia Beeson Polloreno.

If reigning world champ Mirinda Carfrae could ask anything of the woman who’s won Kona more times than any other person, what would she want to know? What advice would Tim DeBoom, the last American to win Kona, give to a top American prospect? And what unique insights can Chrissie and Crowie exchange as veteran Kona champions?

For this year’s Kona preview issue, we didn’t just want to talk to the who’s who of the sport—we wanted them to talk to one another. We invited five pairings of triathlon’s elite to have intimate, one-on-one dialogues where we were privy to every word. Excerpts of each conversation follow; view the full-length chats at

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