All Ken Rideout Does is Set PRs – Triathlete

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Ken Ride Ott, 50, ran a 1:10 half marathon in Nashville in November, just two weeks after running the New York City Marathon. In New York, the Rideout ran 2:33, winning not only the 50-54 age class (by 16 minutes!) but also the overall Masters division for athletes over the age of 40. Just a month ago, he traveled to London for the Abbott Majors Wanda Marathon World Age Group Championship (yes, that’s the official name). He ran from the front of the elite age class wave assigned to him from start to finish – however, another contender in his age group ran in a different wave, out of sight. An astonishing 2:29 was less than a minute behind the winning time. “It was $%^ and that this guy didn’t run in the championship wave. If he had, and I had seen him, I would have hit him in the butt,” said Rydeout.

And believe me, Ken Ride Out is a fighter. Raised in a very tough section of Boston, he went to a boxing gym while in high school. He wanted to feel more confident as he entered the inevitable battles in his neighborhood. At the age of 18, he worked as a guard in the same prison with his stepfather and brother. No, his mother and brother did not work with him there; They were prisoners.

This is not a story about a rich kid with all the advantages or someone born with some amazing genes. This is a story about a fighter, about someone who chases after everything with the mindset of a warrior, including the triathlon.

When Rideout watched the Ironman World Championships on TV, he thought: “How is this possible?” He accepted the challenge and bought a bike. After he rode with a few co-workers who were regular cyclists and saw that he could not only ride with them but also excel, he signed up for a duo race in Central Park, New York. He finished 20th overall. His immediate advice on this new sport: “It’s just a matter of training and suffering.”

It took him two attempts at Ironman in 2011 and 2012 to qualify for Kona, where he did so with 10:14 in the opening – and only – Ironman New York City. He previously did Iron Man (Texas) in 2012, so Kona was his third in just six months, and he made his mark. It was DNF’d. Vowing to never let anything hit him again, he came back and qualified at Ironman Canada the following year and came back with a strength of 9:39 in Kona six weeks later.

A combination of factors pulled Rideout away from triathlon and into trail running, which he fell in love with when he moved to Southern California. He soon developed a standard routine of running every morning: 10 miles with 1,200 feet of climbing. He jumped into the Los Angeles Marathon in 2017, did a respectable 2:40:06, and has improved every year since then. In fact, he has had PR at one distance or another every year since he was 35 years old.

Even with his full-time running stint, he’s run quite a few triathlons and his results have often been on top of the age group podium. So why the complete departure from multi-sports? With his wife, four children, a weekly podcast with infamous boxing expert Teddy Atlas and the new stock financing company he started, he said, triathlons take a lot of time. Plus, with “You can be anonymous and noisy” turned on. fighter ever.

Barry Seif has gone from USA Triathlon President to now USA Boxing Consultant. He will also return to running this year.

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