Malone Coaching

Katie Malone and the Hawaii Ironman

Katie Malone at Mt. MitchellWhen I was a little kid I was one of the last one picked for any team in gym class. I had no confidence in my athletic abilities yet I always dreamed of doing something big. My parents were avid cyclists when I was young so I grew up with great role models.

In 1982 I was sitting two feet in front of the television watching the coverage of the Hawaii Ironman and I knew that someday I wanted to participate in that race. No other race would do, I had my sights on Hawaii because in my mind that was the real deal. Of course over the years that same race turned into the World Championships and qualifying for it only got harder every year but that did not stop me. Every step of my athletic endeavors were done with the Ironman in mind. Even as a young child I understood that it would take time and dedication to do a race like an Ironman.

First I started cycling with my parents at the age of 10 and then started running at 11. During a lazy summer day I begged friends to paddle the canoe next to me for 4 hours as I swam around an entire lake, just to see if I could do it. Once I had accomplished that I set my sights on riding my bike further and faster. At the age of 14 I completed a bike ride called the Assault on Mt. Mitchell which is a 102 mile ride with the last 32 miles of climbing.  When I had completed that I knew that I could do anything I set my mind to. That same year I completed my first triathlon and absolutely loved it. Then the teenage years hit me and my infatuation with triathlon wavered but the pursuit of the Hawaii Ironman always lingered in the back of my mind. Life happened along the way and almost 20 years later I made the choice to dedicate myself to really getting to Hawaii.

Katie Hawaii IronmanGetting to Hawaii was not easy. It took me finding a good coach and learning how to really race. I missed qualifying numerous times by just 2 minutes and while that was always upsetting I just resolved to work harder. Don’t let anyone fool you, getting to Hawaii is a combination of hard work and good luck. Eventually I earned my spot and I was able to go to Hawaii to compete. Running the final miles of that race I had tears in my eyes because I was so happy. Crossing the finish line in Hawaii is to this day the happiest moment of my life. My life goal is complete.

 

 

You are here: Home Coaches Katie Malone and the Hawaii Ironman