The Triathlete Hour Podcast: Ben Kanute Wants To Win 70.3 Worlds And An Olympic Medal

After doing his first triathlon as a kid, Ben Kanute knew what he wanted: to be an Olympian. But now he'd like to add a 70.3 World Championship to that list.

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In ep. 11 of The Triathlete Hour we’re joined Ben Kanute, a 2016 Olympian and second place at the 70.3 World Championships. Obviously we asked Ben: Which is harder — 70.3 or ITU? And which would you rather win?

Ben talks to us, from his hot home base in Arizona, about how he hopes to win medals at both, what he learned when he moved up in distance, and how he balanced racing professionally while going to college at University of Arizona. Plus, his new puppy interrupts.

And first we chat with someone completely different: the #1 ranked Zwift rider in the world, Holden Comeau. He explains what that means exactly and then he gets into the weeds with us about virtual racing — and he thinks of Ironman’s announcement that they’ll be awarding 70.3 Worlds slots via a series of virtual races.

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