Daniela Ryf arrives as the women’s favorite for the 2019 Ironman World Championship. Can she win a fifth straight title?

With just over a week to go before the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, Triathlon Magazine Canada editor Kevin Mackinnon and Australia’s Phil Wrochna join forces to chat about the big race on the Big Island. What makes Kona so special, and such a challenge? After years of covering the event, Mackinnon and Wrochna offer up some thoughts on how the week plays out for the top pros.

Have a listen to the first instalment of The Run to Kona:

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