Catching Up with Paula Newby-Fraser Ahead of the 2019 Ironman World Championships



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Simply a few months out of the Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, Paula Newby-Fraser shares her forecasts for the event and updates on how she remains close to the sport.

More than two months out from the October 12 th Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, the “Queen of Kona” is confident and ready to make predictions about the race. Now retired, Paula Newby-Fraser earned her royal label after winning 21 Ironman triathlon titles and 8 Ironman World Championships in Kona (more than any other professional athlete, male or female, in the event’s 36- year history) and she remains close to the sport, mentoring professional athletes such as Hines Ward and Apolo Ohno as they tackle the triathlon and continuing to maintain her fitness– even if it’s a lot less extreme nowadays.

The following interview has actually been edited for clarity.

How has triathlon changed from when you completed?

Newby-Fraser: The proliferation worldwide, the development of the sport everywhere, is just overwhelming. I’ve been involved with Ironman in some capacity in my life for over 30 years. What’s so special about it is that it does continue to capture individuals, all over– India, the Philippines, Kazahkstan, you call it, we have occasions. And athletes can’t get enough of it. So to me, that is among the greatest modifications. It’s something that people connect deeply to.

The other thing re all of the adjunct things around the sport– coaching, devices, training approaches and techniques. Those things have deepened and developed incredibly. I look at the bikes that the professional athletes ride now and I state, Can you go to the moon on that thing? You don’t even need to move anymore, you just push a button! It’s remarkable. And after that the supportive innovation in your watches and heart rate displays and all of that. They craft their nutrition and the volume now of info that everyone has concerning training. When I started, we were sort of like, OK, guys, what are we doing today? And now there’s attempted and true way to do things and the professional athletes entering the sport do not need to make as many errors as we made along the method. There’s a lot of great information now.

The sport has grown up. And there’s starting to be some genuine history to it. And I think that that’s magnificent.

Do you still compete? How has your training developed since you retired?

PNF: I don’t complete anymore. I would consider myself more of a lifestyle professional athlete now. I’m active. It’s the distinction between training and working out– and I exercise. I definitely continue to exercise everyday, not necessarily swim-bike-run. I like running, I love riding my mtb, I like going to the health club. Health, physical fitness, sports and workout– these are things I will constantly do as long as I can get myself out of bed in the morning, I’m out there doing something. The day isn’t really complete for me without moving– it’s my meditation.

What is something that you see in triathlon today that you ‘d state is the most significant modification in the sport?

PNF: I would say the biking devices, and the aerodynamic and hydrodynamic equipment, are most likely the 2 greatest things that I look at go: This is amazing I utilized to use a little two piece today just the hydrodynamics of the fabrics and everything.

What impresses you most about the professional athletes now?

PNF: It’s been so long because I’ve retired that there have actually been quite a couple of professional athletes that are quite incredible. And I think they are entirely resetting the boundaries of what is possible. I always believed that I was really constant and I had a long career. Now I take a look at Daniela Ryf, I look at Chrissie Wellington– these females boggle the mind. I considered myself an excellent professional athlete– I wasn’t fantastic at anything, however that’s the trick in triathlon, you do not need to be terrific at anything, as long as you’re good across the board. However they’re good at whatever– there are no weak points. The women now entering into sport are going to be resetting a great deal of records.

I keep in mind when I set the record in Kona it stood for something like 14 years. And now it’s every year there’s a new record. It just demonstrates how the sport is bring in amazing talent and leveraging the outright best of the innovation of the sport.

Any suggestions for newbies? Or people who have mastered one discipline but desire to dive into triathlons?

PNF: If you have anything in your life– and it does not need to be sports. It does not matter if you play soccer or you’re a dedicated musician or anything. To me, it doesn’t actually matter what you do, you take the same principle and you go OKAY– I want to do this. I desire to do a triathlon. I think folks get overwhelmed with the swim-bike-run. You simply have to take one step at a time. I can run, so what is the next action? My biggest suggestions is: Work from where you’re at and not where you want to be. To me, it’s just consistency and one action at a time, instead of being overwhelmed by a huge objective.

What are you most eagerly anticipating at the Ironman World Championships this year? What are your early forecasts?

PNF: I think Daniela is going to win the ladies’s race. I think she remains in the outright prime of her career today. And offered her body remains healthy and she keeps her love for the sport and the process of training, there’s just no one who can touch her. I believe Lucy Charles will throw down and take a crack at. However I simply do not see anyone beating Daniela right now. When an athlete is on that run, it takes a lot– it will take something failing, in my viewpoint. And someone else having an absolute development efficiency.

And on the men’s side, I believe Jan Frodeno. He has a lot on the line. He is such a focused, figured out, dedicated professional athlete. And he is nearing completion of his profession and I believe he desires to go out with this Ironman. Not being able to start last year was devastating for him. And he’s plainly in fantastic shape.

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