RECORDED: November 5, 2020

1 USAT CEU

IRONMAN Stories (Learn from the Pros - Part 5) looks back at quintessential nuggets absorbed by Mark on the battlefield in Kona. Learn how Mark’s six bad races in Kona enabled him to win six World Championships, the significance of knowing why racing has importance for you, and Mark’s greatest IRONMAN (spoiler: it wasn’t in 1989 against Dave Scott). These stories are guaranteed to inspire you to take your training and racing to another level.

Who Is Mark Allen?

Mark Allen

Mark Allen is an American Triathlete who won the sport’s inaugural ITU World Championships in 1989 in Avignon, France. However, longer distances were his specialty, becoming only the second six-time Ironman Triathlon World Champion. Allen graduated from UC San Diego, where he was an All-American swimmer, with a degree in biology. After competing and losing in the Ironman Triathlon Championships six times (often to Dave Scott), Allen emerged victorious in 1989, winning one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world. It would be the first of six Ironman victories for Allen, the last coming in 1995 at age 37. From 1988-1990 he put together a winning streak of 20 races. Over the course of his racing career, which ended in 1996, he maintained a 90% average in top-three finishes. He was named Triathlete of the Year six times by Triathlete magazine, and in 1997 ‘Outside’ magazine tabbed him The World’s Fittest Man. "I became an experiment of one in the trial and error method of becoming world class. I tried everything sensible and certainly a few things that were fairly insane. If something worked, I kept it in my program. If it didn’t make me stronger and faster I dropped it. In the end I developed what proved to be extremely effective ways to reach new heights year after year."

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