Monday, October 15, 2012

Leanda Cave's coach SCREAMING 2 miles before Kona Ironman Win

Saturday, October 13th 2012
Kona Ironman World Championship

Leanda Cave is a little over 2 miles away from the finish line at the  Kona Ironman World Championship. Anything can happen in those last two miles.   

On the center divide on the infamous Queen K. Highway is a lady, SCREAMING and YELLING, at THE top of her lungs.  Even the aid station volunteers passing out ice, water, sponges, pretzels and Coke take notice to see what the noise is all about.

It's Leanda's triathlon coach, Coach Siri Lindley who is shouting in absolute joy and jubilation, "I'm soooooooo proud of you,  I'm sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo proud of you," again and again and again. All the cheering, dedication and coaching eventually paid off.

Leanda (GBR and Arizona native) came in 1st place (9:15:54) , beating Caroline Steffen from Switzerland by just over a minute (9:16:58).  ((Top 10 results below.))

 (Above: Wow, look at the enthusiasm of Coach Siri.
Her fists are clenched and from the top of  her head, all the way down to her toes you can see Siri's whole body bursting with passion.)

I just love the energy Coach Siri exudes cheering on 
her athlete.

 (Above: Coach Siri, fist-pumping and  saying "yes, yes, yes!!!)

 (Above: Coach Siri yelling "I'm sooooo proud of you.")

(Above: You can tell from miles away where the men or women leaders are by the "white" helicopter over-head.
The "white" helicopter IS over-head.)

(Below: Leanda Cave and her Coach talk about my blog below.)
(Above: Wow, Wow, Wow.  Leanda Cave and her coach, Coach Siri Lindley, give a massive shout-out to my blog!! Thank you soooooooooooooooo much.)

Photos:©2012 Shiggy Ichinomiya

2012 Kona Ironman World Championship Top Women Results:

1. Leanda Cave (GBR) 9:15:54
2. Caroline Steffen (SWI) 9:16:58
3. Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 9:21:41
4. Sonja Tajsich (GER) 9:22:41
5. Mary Beth Ellis (USA) 9:22:57
6. Natascha Badmann (SWI) 9:26:25 (45 years YOUNG!!)
7. Gina Crawford (NZL) 9:28:54
8. Linsey Corbin (USA) 9:32:18
9. Caitlin Snow (USA) 9:36:18
10. Amy Marsh (USA) 9:38:15


  1. Great post! Leanda and Siri are amazing!

    1. Thank you Angela!!! What a great day for both of them!!!
      Hope you are having fun in Kona!!!

  2. I love this! I got goose bumps reading it! What a fantastic day!

  3. Nice shots---what a race!