2009 Triathlon World ChampionshipsGreat weather, great venue, great race--what a way to finish the 2009 triathlon season! We're on Australia's Gold Coast to support Kim as she competed for Team USA in the 2009 ITU Triathlon World Championships.
Australia has been good -- the weather is sunny, 23 degrees (or 73 degrees for the folks back home), and just a light breeze. For the benefit of spectators, the course is entirely on city streets and parks (even the 40K bike leg) and folds back and forth several times past the spectator area.
Kim completed the Olympic distance course 40th overall against 635 women from 42 countries! She was USA's third overall finisher.
Of the 84 competitors in the Women's 25-29 Age Group, she finished 16th, and was number 1 for Team USA!
Participating in her first "Worlds", Kim was taken aback by some of the team tactics and gamesmanship to impede challengers from opposing countries. Although triathlon is supposed to be an individual sport, she had to overcome a team blockade in the bike leg as well as swimmers grabbing and holding her to post a good time of 2:15:11 on the course.
Posted by Dan 09/12/2009, revised 09/19/2009 by Dan
Kim's Story Index:
The DNF Strikes Back
Oops, I Did An IM
IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Rosa
IRONMAN Oceanside 70.3
The Coolest Prize I've Ever Won
Running With the Big Dogs
Early Season Ups & Downs
XTERRA Real Granite Bay
Rock & Roll Half Marathon
Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz
Tales of a Swim Meet Rookie
Mama Didn't Raise No Quitter
HITS Napa Half, 5 (Plus) Hours of Fun
Off-Roading: My Trail Run Debut
Lake Tahoe Marathon Weekend
Farewell to Madison
Being Comfortable With Discomfort
Wildflower 2012, Team Goodell
USA Triathlon National Championships
How About a Road Race?
Tri-Ing for Children
Defending the Title in Pleasant Prairie
Capitol View Triathlon
Tri Club Party in Madison
Be A Better Runner
I'm Going With You
2009 Triathlon World Championships
Kim completes her first Half-Ironman
Kim Visits Home for Wildflower Triathlon
Kim Blazes Chicago Triathlon
More Triathlons for Kim
Kim in Chicago Triathlon
Kim graduates from Willamette
Kim returns from Europe
Kim Travels Europe