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What happens in Kona doesn’t stay in Kona: Informative and entertaining race reports from Ryf, Sanders, Brownlee, True and Amberger

A look at some of the post-race reports from some of the pre-race favourites at the Ironman World Championship, including Josh Amberger's run at a new career as a stand-up comedian.

Josh Amberger leads the way onto the bike course at the 2019 Ironman World Championship.

When it comes to post-race reports from those who experienced tough days at the Ironman World Championship, Josh Amberger definitely wins the “most entertaining” award for his race recap. Any report that includes quips like:

“Clavel takes lead. Clavel supertucks. Clavel supertuck pedals. Clavel superwhatthef@#%. You’re going to die, mate.”


“Pace hotter than Bob Babbitt’s chair during a 6 hour breakfast sit at Huggo’s” is well worth the read.

Amberger kept the entertainment going, though, beyond race day – he managed to post an equally entertaining report about packing his bike.

While the Australian swim leader was able to make light of his tough day in Kona, some of the other pros who had tough days maintained a more serious tone with their post-race comments. Pre-race favourite, Daniela Ryf, remained a class act after the race, enlightening us about the race-day bug that sidelined her quest for a fifth-straight championship, while also congratulating her competitors.


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Kona never disappoints. A very tough day for me after feeling flat and nauseous due to a stomach bug which I caught a few days ago. Giving up was never going to be an option, so I dug deep and gave it everything I had. I’m OK just disappointed I couldn’t show the form I was in today. But I guess every long distance athlete has to experience one of these humbling races, where the day feels very long. The pain was real, but the support on race course was even more real. I definitely felt the motto „Ohana“ of the triathlon family out there. Thanks so much for the cheering and support?? and very well done @tri.anne.haug , @lucycharles93 & @sarah_stan_crowley for the podium??. I heard the fight and bravery of the whole podium was very inspiring??? And well done to @janfrodeno. So happy for you. Best of all time. #IMWC . . . ?: @koruptvision #flywithpassion #freeasabird #givesyouwings #redbullswitzerland #breitling #squadonamission #swissmade #MBambassador #MercedesSports #engineeringperformance #feltbicycles #feltfamily #aerodynamicsbyswisside #bahrainendurance13 #BE13 #nutriathletic #newstandard #xlab_accessories #scattacustom #ASICS #asicsrunning #deboerwetsuits #suitupdivein

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Canadian Lionel Sanders took some time before putting out his post-race thoughts from his day in Kona, which he shared on his YouTube channel. Turns out that Sanders struggled with hydration issues during the race, learning a hard lesson on the sport’s biggest stage:

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee offered a shout-out to Sanders in his post-race social media posts, acknowledging his tough day, congratulating the men’s podium and letting us know that he’s “motivated to come back better.”

We got photos of Sarah True experiencing bike issues early in the bike in Kona, but it turns out those were the least of her issues on race day – the problems she’s been having with heat at races all year long continue, and she “ended in an ice bath partway through the bike course.”

Here’s what she posted on her Instagram page the day after the race:


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I’m an optimist. I had hoped that my weird heat issues this season were behind me. They aren’t and my day in Kona ended in an ice bath partway through the bike course. I’m heartbroken to be unable to finish, to be unable to show my fitness, to be unable to show my love for my sport in the best way possible- making the best of whatever the day held on triathlon’s biggest stage. If I were a stronger person, I would have been able to put myself aside last night to celebrate the victories of @janfrodeno & @tri.anne.haug with coach @danlorang and the races of the Zwift Tri Academy athletes and other friends. But I wasn’t strong enough & spent the evening with manta rays, @benjtrue & @anseldickey. I send my heartfelt congratulations to anyone who finished this epic race. This is such an incredible sport. ?: @anseldickey

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