“I GOT YOUR BACK”
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