Luis Alvarez is a very accomplished Ironman athlete.
His story starts like so many with the realization that he was a little overweight and the desire to get back into shape. But where it went from there I don't think even he expected this.
He has raced every single Ironman Triathlon course that has ever been. That is 137 Ironman Triathlons. This includes 15 trips to Ironman Kona in Hawaii and in fact when he started to race Ironman triathlon he was able to secure Kona as his first race.
This is of course too many races to cover in one interview so we talk about two signature events in his Ironman career. The first is when in order to maintain his streak of having done all the races he had to race Ironman Mallorca in Spain and then get to Ironman Chattanooga in one day. He calls this his 2-2-2, 2 people, 2 Ironman Races, 2 continents.
The second story we touch on is his 100th Ironman finish which was timed to be in Ironman Kona for the 35th anniversary of Ironman Kona and also with his 18 year old son who raced with him. Of course, this was no easy task.
This is a special interview. After 137 Ironman races you have to listen to hear what he wants to do next.
Thank you Luis Alvarez for joining me in person to record this episode of the Mile after Mile Podcast. It was a joy meeting you and I look forward to racing with you in the future.
You can follow Luis Alvarez on Facebook at Luis Alvarez Ironman, Twitter @luis_a_Ironman and Instagram @LuisAlvarezIronman
I met Susan in 2012 in Cozumel Mexico. I was there to cheer for my friends and she was there to race.
Susan is one of the very first people I approached to be on the Mile after Mile Podcast but to be honest she was too busy racing that she postponed for 43 weeks (but who's counting).
In fact, to finally get this interview I had to meet her in person. She came in to race Miami Man our local 70.3 distance event and she also took the time to speak to my triathlon club and grant me this interview.
We talk about how she got her start racing. How she manages to race so much. How she does this in an affordable way and why she raced her 100th race for the Children't Tumor Foundation.
Thank you Susan for being a guest on the Mile after Mile Podcast. You can find Susan on Facebook and Instagram @SusanHaag.
Special thanks to my friend Liz at the Avoid Being Hated Podcast for loaning me the equipment to do this interview.
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Max and Amy (the host) are real life friends. We both live in Miami and train with the same overall group of friends.
Today we chat about his experience at the 2016 Ironman Maryland which is his first Ironman. Before we talk about the race we talk about how he got into triathlons at all. Max was a runner first and part of a local running group called No pressure. He was drawn into triathlon over breakfast with friends from a Miami triathlon group called Team Hammerheads.
When he transitioned to triathlons his first race was Nautica which is now called South Beach Triathlon. We talk about the challenges of swimming in triathlon.
Max trained for Ironman Maryland with some great friends who are part of a wonderful training group in Miami called the TriLocos. They used Matt Fitzgerald's training plans which worked very well for all of them.
Before we talk about Maryland we talk a little about Ironman Chattanooga and the crazy weather that they had. Then we move onto the epic race that was Ironman Maryland. You'll have to listen to the details but it was one crazy day.
Then we talk about what Max is doing next. Due to conditions beyond his control he was unable to race a whole 140.6 so he's taking matters into his own hands. Which is amazing. Simply amazing!
Thank you Max for being a guest on the Mile after Mile podcast. Maybe I'll have to have you back after your next adventure.
Thank you for listening and be sure to visit www.amysaysso.com to see what I'm up to next.