Age-Group Triath­lete of the Year

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - TRIATHLETE - Bob Knuckey

our years ago, when Bob Knuckey com­peted at the Iron­man World FCham­pi­onship in the 65 to 69 age cat­e­gory, he fin­ished the race in 12:01. That minute ap­pears to have haunted him ever since, be­cause this year he made it abun­dantly clear that he in­tended to get to Kona once again and fin­ish un­der 12 hours. If he could achieve that im­pres­sive re­sult he’d be­come the first 70-year-old ath­lete to ever break the 12-hour bar­rier in Kona.

Knuckey nailed his Kona slot at Iron­man Texas, then set his sights on the big day in Kona. The for­mer teacher spent much of the year train­ing be­tween 15 and 20 hours a week, hon­ing his skills with the coaches and his team­mates at Cale­don’s Cana­dian Cross Train­ing Club.

En­joy­ing the near-per­fect con­di­tions the 2018 Kona race of­fered, Knuckey blasted through a 1:18:13 swim, fol­lowed that up with a 5:47:38 bike and then ran the marathon in 4:38:38. De­spite a fall in the last 400 m that left his face bleed­ing as he crossed the line, Knuckey fin­ished in 11:55:54. It was also the first time he’d ever beaten one of his ri­vals, Switzer­land’s Her­mann Hefti.

Knuckey works at a ski club through the win­ter and at­tributes some of his triathlon suc­cess to all the snow he has to shovel through the win­ter. We’re not sure that shov­el­ling snow is the per­fect train­ing reg­i­men for Hawaii suc­cess, but we are sure that Bob Knuckey’s feat in Kona is one that will stay in the record books for a while.

ABOVE Bob Knuckey at the Iron­man World Cham­pi­onship in 2018

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