Potts on the Kona Swim: How Much Does it Matter?
With a new crop of ITU athletes toeing the line with him in Kona, Potts analyzes just how important those first 2.4 miles really are.October 7, 2013
Above photo by Donald Miralle.
If University of Michigan NCAA All-American and 1996 Olympic trials swimmer Andy Potts is on the starting list of any triathlon, chances are you’re gonna see him exit the water way in front. While he’s led out of the water in almost every one of his Ironman races, according to him it’s never what puts him, or anyone else, across the finish line first. This year in Kona, Potts will be up against some other speedy swimmers straight off the ITU circuit—Bevan Docherty of New Zealand and Ivan Rana of Spain among them—but he explained to LAVA why he continues to consider the swim the least important part of his day in Kona.