#42 – Super League Jersey, 2017 Kona Predictions

Two podcast episodes in a month — can’t complain about not being consistent now! Less than two weeks until the Big Dance, and Macca and Azza break it all down for your listening.

Show Notes:


  • What’s going on, America? Tom Petty, Hugh Hefner, incident in Las Vegas — WTF
  • How often is Macca running/training?

Super League Jersey

  • MaccaNOW and MaccaX at Super League Jersey – guest-starring Alistair Brownlee
  • Swozzi, HeiQ designed Super League Jersey uniforms
  • Next Super League Triathlon event…
  • Big takeaways from Super League Triathlon
  • Women’s race – Katie Zaferes, Nicola Spirig
  • Men’s race – Kristian Blummenfelt
  • Breakout commentating from Alistair Brownlee and Vicky Holland
  • Prize money breakdown
  • How many days of racing is ideal
  • Like the Super League Triathlon Facebook Page


  • Two weeks from Kona – who’s mentally there?
  • Lionel Sanders getting plenty of fan support
  • Pete Jacobs, Frederik van Lierde, Sebastian Kienle all won Kona once, only previous champions racing so no real depth
  • War is between Kienle, Jan Frodeno, James Cunnama, Sanders
  • Kona record 8:03 – who could break it? Winds of Kona
  • Most races set up for faster times unlike Kona
  • Tim Don vulnerable on bike but tactically strong on run
  • Bike ride is more aggressive, impacts the marathon
  • Macca’s Kona races – does he miss it?
  • Normann Stadler and Macca now on good terms
  • Effect of social media on athlete mental state
  • Women’s race is Daniela Ryf’s to lose, sorry Chrissie
  • Triple Crown is on – Ryf and Javier Gomez
  • Shaikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa wants to qualify for Kona
  • MaccaX member Evelyn Salama racing in Kona – best tips for a first-timer
  • Macca going to Beijing for Under Armour

Questions Answered

  • How to manage own expectations after setting new PRs? (Stuart Gray)
  • What do you think of the run-walk strategy for Ironman marathon? (Ian Farrell)

Kona Underdog Predictions

  • James Cunnama in red-hot form with mega-run
  • Lionel Sanders could be in top 10
  • Sebastian Kienle
  • Ben Hoffman with consistent year, tough to beat, clever racer
  • Terenzo Bozzone needs a big performance, sweats a lot


  • Heat prep for Kona: dry heat vs. humid heat
  • Altitude training benefits smaller guys rather than big guys
Co-Founder of MaccaX and massive sports fan with a passion for triathlon and MMA. Living in Phuket Thailand studying sports marketing and content publishing.