RACE RE­PORT

“I GOT YOUR BACK”

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - DEPARTMENTS - BY GAVIN GROBBE­LAAR

Be­ing the fastest swim, bike, run cou­ple in the world is an ex­hil­a­rat­ing ride. James Cun­nama and Jodie Swal­low are cur­rently rid­ing the crest of the wave.

Africa and so­lid­i­fied her spot for Kona. Un­like Cun­nama, Swal­low’s sea­son is shaped around peak­ing for Kona.

“It has not been smooth sail­ing, but I am con­fi­dent I can be ready for my best race in Oc­to­ber. The big work for Kona is still ahead, in the com­ing weeks and months,” says Jodie.

Added to the chal­lenges nor­mal cou­ples face are the ones that come with be­ing a pro­fes­sional triath­lete. The travel re­quired, es­pe­cially when their sched­ules don’t gel and they have to spend time apart can test the re­la­tion­ship. “We are work­ing on keep­ing the time

How­ever, rac­ing the course and what it brings on race day is a solo ef­fort as each takes their in­di­vid­ual ap­proach.

“It’s al­ways dif­fi­cult not to think about the other but you have to fo­cus on your own event. There is noth­ing ei­ther of us can do for each other while the race is on,” Cun­nama says

“Of course, if your race goes side­ways, your first thought is of the other per­son, like last year at Kona where I stopped rac­ing but stayed on the road­side to cheer on Jodie.”

At Kona 2013 when Jodie col­lapsed on the course while James chased the podium, he

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