Triathlete Training Podcast #76: Justin Daerr Two Years After First Ironman Win - August 9, 2016

Boulder based professional triathlete Justin Daerr returns to the show two years after his first Ironman win at Ironman Boulder in 2014.  Since that time he’s had several top 5 Ironman finishes, including 2nd at Ironman Mount-Tremblant in 2015 and 4th at Ironman Canada in 2016.  At age 35 he’s started 36 Ironmans and finished 32.

Woodlands triathlon faces uncertain future - Houston Chronicle - May 19, 2016

Organizers of Texas’ premier triathlon said this week they are looking for a new course in The Woodlands area for 2017 but stopped short of committing to holding the race in the Houston suburb for a seventh year.

The uncertainty stems from the challenges in staging the Ironman North American Championship Texas, which began and ended in The Woodlands last Saturday. The event — composed of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run — proved to be a tough test for organizers, not just the athletes. Late changes to the course were required, and severe storms stopped the race for 48 minutes.


Shop Talk: Chris McDonald & Justin Daerr - May 12, 2016

Two pro athletes bound for Texas talk training camps, their best race results, and their favorite go-to long ride snack.

Their friendship started in Hawaii over a decade ago at a triathlon training camp. They’ve been roommates, training partners, and a source of entertainment for each other through most of their careers. We sat down with IRONMAN champions Justin Daerr and Chris "Big Sexy" McDonald as they brewed up old tales of epic training rides and discussed how working together in an IRONMAN is sometimes necessary, even when they are competitors.

TRI-ing something new

McDonald: If you told me I would make it to my 12th year as a pro triathlete, I would have been amazed.

Daerr: I knew someone during my college days doing a local triathlon. I was running a lot so I bought a bike on a Tuesday and raced my first ever triathlon that Saturday.


Pros Converge on IRONMAN Texas - May 11, 2016

The pro who can manage the hot, windy, and humid conditions the best will take home the championship.

On Saturday May 14th the Memorial Hermann IRONMAN North American Championship will take place in the Woodlands, just outside of Houston. This will be the sixth running of the event, and the third time Texas has hosted the Regional Championship (after one year in NYC and two in Mont Tremblant). 

As always in a Regional Championship, the pros will be competing for their share of 4000 KPR points, $150,000, and the winner's automatic qualification to the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona. In addition to these honors, many pros enjoy this opportunity to test themselves against the world's best in hot, humid, and windy conditions. 


Meet a Triathlete EP56: Justin Daerr - Tri Shop - April 26, 2016


Ventum Announces Professional Triathletes Racing on the Ventum One in 2016 - January 26, 2016

Miami Beach, Fla., – Ventum LLC today officially announces its roster of sponsored athletes for 2016. These top athletes will compete on the Ventum One, a triathlon racing bike that delivers greater results through radical design and better aerodynamics. The roster consists of nine elite triathletes from across long distance racing, all of whom have multiple triathlon wins and podium finishes.


Athletes at Altitude: Colorado Pros Triumph in Mont-Tremblant & Knock down 70.3 Timberman - Colorado - August 19, 2015

Daerr, Ambrose Podium in Canada Justin Daerr at Ironman Mont-Tremblant (photo by Rob Photographe) The saying “There’s no place like home” easily describes Colorado’s Justin Daerr’s Ironman podium experience as of late. The Boulderite just came off a magnificent race at Ironman Canada, taking third overall and has climbed on top of the podium again in second place at Ironman Mont-Tremblant this past weekend. Thanks to a speedy swim of 51:39, Daerr kept himself in the mix from beginning to end and battled his way into the runner-up position with an overall time of 8:36:12.


Rapp and Ellis Conquer Competition in Quebec - - August 16, 2015

Brian Fleischmann (USA) showed the men out of water of Lac Tremblant with his 49:16 swim time. Eric Limkemann (USA) was next, less than a minute later, while Paul Ambrose (AUS), Jordan Rapp (USA), and Justin Daerr (USA), ran up the beach with deficits ranging from +1:41 to +2:24. Pre-race favorite Lionel Sanders (CAN) was out of the water +7:12 off the pace and would normally be in his element on the bike and run.


A Day Of Domination: Rapp & Ellis Lead Ironman Mont Tremblant To The Line - - August 16, 2015

Brian Fleischmann started off his Ironman debut exactly the way you’d expect him to, by being the first to hit the shore in 49:16. Eric Limkemann, who has recovered from a bad crash at Challenge Knoxville earlier this year, was about a minute behind that, with Paul Ambrose another 45 seconds back. Jordan Rapp andJustin Daerr were next, about 30 seconds after Ambrose. (Daerr joked with TRS Triathlon on the preview show that he wasn’t going to know if he was recovered from his balls-y effort at IM Canada until we knew, which is to say until he actually was in the middle of the race.) The other big contenders, like Thomas Gerlach and Lionel Sanders were much farther back — three and five minutes behind Rapp, respectively.


Race Previews: Ironman 70.3 Timberman & IM Mount Tremblant + 70.3 Worlds Teaser - - August 14, 2015

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Athletes at Altitude: Mack Attack at Ironman Canada - - July 28, 2015

Buckingham, Daerr Dominate Weather at Ironman Canada Colorado is known for its beautiful summer weather. It’s almost like Goldilocks finding everything “just right” with baby bear as we have little to no humidity, gorgeous sunshine, and temperatures that do not keep us inside because we feel like we’re cooking in a frying pan. This past weekend Colorado had six male pros battle both each other and the unfamiliar (as of late) cold and wet conditions at Ironman Canada.


Zyentsev and Mack Storm to Wins in Canada - - July 26, 2015

Barrett Brandon's (USA) 48:22 swim placed him six seconds ahead of Luke Bell (AUS) and 19 seconds on Kyle Buckingham (ZAF) as the lead trio exited the waters of Alta Lake at Rainbow Park. Paul Ambrose (AUS), Jeff Symonds (CAN), Justin Daerr (USA), Viktor Zyemtsev (UKR) and Chris McDonald would be next into transition, but were looking at deficits ranging from +3:27 to +4:43 to the leader as they headed out on the rain soaked roads.


Running Shoulder-To-Shoulder In The Rain And Cold Zyemtsev, Mack Win In Canada - - July 26, 2015

Three years ago, the long-standing host of Ironman Canada (Penticton, British Columbia) announced that the race in its city was no longer going to be an Ironman event, but rather a Challenge iron-distance one. Hence, Challenge Penticton. There’s a whole lot of mess that went down about who owned the long-running race and who owns it now and why Penticton opted to go with Challenge and exactly how well that choice is working out for them.


Ironman Canada Preview - - July 24, 2015

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TRS Radio:  Kelly Williamson, Justin Daerr, Big Sexy & ZenTri - May 20, 2015

TRS Radio was live on YouTube for Ironman Texas in The Woodlands.

Listen to the Podcast here.

Live at IMTX with Justin Daerr and Brett from Zen & the Art of Triathlon - May 20, 2015


Pro triathlete Justin Daerr sporting designer menswear brand – NINOX - - April 7, 2015

NINOX, a Boulder, Colorado-based designer menswear company, is the lead 2015 sponsor of pro triathlete Justin Daerr, who won the 2014 IRONMAN Boulder in an impressive time of 08:20:26. He also placed sixth at the recent IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Rico, in March, and has amassed a raft of other accomplishments.

Designer menswear brand, NINOX, was founded in 2014 to create sophisticated apparel using the finest materials and production. According to the company, ‘the vibrant energy of the city, the free spirit of the West, and the connection between the outdoors & everyday life are sources of inspiration for NINOX.’


Justin Daerr Interview prior to Puerto Rico 70.3 - March 14, 2015


Justin Daerr - Professional Triathlete - Sponsored by NINOX - February 21, 2015


NINOX announces 2015 sponsorship of Professional Triathlete Justin Daerr - February 19, 2015

NINOX, a menswear label based in Boulder, CO, is sponsoring Justin Daerr for the 2015 Triathlon racing season. Unlike typical sponsors in the triathlon sport, NINOX is unique in that it is not making triathlon specific products. NINOX is making menswear that has all the functionality of technical sportswear, but in a sophisticated aesthetic.


SLS3 ties-up new sponsorship deal with pro triathlete Justin Daerr - February 11, 2015

SLS3 has added a new team member to its roster of sponsored triathletes. Justin Daerr, a six-time Ironman top 3 competitor and a 7th place finisher in the 2011 North American Championship is now an SLS3 athlete.

Justin Daerr started with racing short local events until he decided it wasn’t big or crazy enough for his liking. The very next season, he decided to tackle his first Ironman in California, finishing with a time of 12:55 and he was THEN completely hooked on endurance racing.


Announcing SLS3’s new sponsorship of Professional Triathlete Justin Daerr - - February 9, 2015

OCEANSIDE, CA (FEBRUARY 6, 2015) – SLS3 is proud to announce it’s acquisition of a new team member, Justin Daerr, six-time Ironman top 3 competitor and a 7th place finisher in the 2011 North American Championship.

If you haven’t met Justin Daerr, you are missing out on probably one of the most easy-going, determined, and hard-working triathletes out there. Spending most of his childhood in Houston, TX, and Crested Butte, Colorado, Justin’s athletic life took place in the mountains snowboarding. It wasn’t until his freshman year at Texas A&M that he raced his first triathlon. The story, as it goes, is that he was asked by a friend if he wanted to compete in an Olympic race the following weekend. Justin’s answer: “Sure.” And thus his career began.


Justin Daerr interviews Tim Floyd of Magnolia Masters - Endurance Corner Radio - January 20, 2015

Tim Floyd is the founder and head swim coach of Magnolia Masters based in The Woodlands, Texas.  Tim's coaching style incorporates ultra-short training (USRPT) into his open water training in place of some of the traditional triathlon swim training programs.  In this podcast, we discuss how and why he chose this method of training and how he implements it with his athletes.

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Service Course: Justin Daerr's Javelin Lugano  - - September 29, 2014

"Justin Daerr, YOU are an Ironman Champion!" Those are the immortal words that capped off the inaugural edition of Ironman Boulder, and crowned Justin Daerr with his first Ironman victory. TriRig was in Boulder to cover the race, and shortly thereafter we published a second article digging deeper into two of the race-day rigs. Most interesting to us was Justin's race-winning Javelin Lugano, which carried him to victory but had some areas ripe for significant improvement.


Training Progression With Ironman Boulder Champion Justin Daerr - Triathlete Training Podcast - September 16, 2014

It took Justin Daerr 29 attempts to win his first Ironman.  His victory came in his hometown of Boulder on August 3, 2014.  Justin’s progression has been slow and steady, backed by intelligent training and planning.

We talk about his progression and decisions that led him to become an Ironman champion.

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Dispatch: Justin Daerr’s Ironman Win–13 Years In The Making - - August 7, 2014

Last Sunday at the inaugural Ironman Boulder, local triathlete Justin Daerr earned the first major race victory of his professional career–a win he’s been working toward since he first stepped up to an Ironman start line 13 years ago. I caught up with Daerr post-race to learn about his career rise to the top of the podium, the support crew that helped him reach his goal and his tips and run training advice–including an endurance-focused fartlek session–for anyone planning to race Ironman Boulder 2015.

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Ironman Boulder winners - Post Race Interview with - August 3, 2014

Justin Daerr – 8:20:26

Justin Daerr was a cool, calm and collected Ironman veteran who ran down Ironman 70.3 master and Ironman sophomore Richie Cunningham with precision. But once he finished you could tell how much it meant by the long, lingering hug with his wife Brooke. 

Slowtwitch: You’ve lived here for more than a decade. What about this course and race was in your favor?

Justin Daerr: I wasn’t really sure about anything and I was a little frustrated with the swim. I thought I gave up too much to Richie [-2:53] and that might have cost me a chance to win. It seemed like we were close to the same bike times [4:24:54 and 4:24:47] and I was down about 3 minutes starting the run. Richie is an excellent runner. So I didn’t really take anything for granted.


Boulder's Justin Daerr crosses the line to win the first Ironman Boulder - Daily Camera - August 3, 2014


Daerr, Kehoe win IM Boulder - - August 3, 2014

Justin Daerr and Danielle Kehoe earned their first big wins at the inaugural Ironman Boulder. 

Daerr and Cunningham engaged in a two-man duel that quickly left the rest of the men’s field behind. Cunningham blasted to the lead with a 47:28 split that used up almost all of the acreage of Boulder Reservoir that gave him a 2:53 lead over Daerr at T1. Whereupon Daerr and Cunningham posted virtually equal bike splits of 4:24:56 and 4:24:48 to give the Australian 70.3 maestro a 3:01 lead starting the two-loop run on paths paralleling famed Boulder Creek. 


Locals Rule: Daerr, Kehoe Claim Ironman Boulder Inaugural Crowns - Lava Magazine - August 3, 2014

Dry, warm conditions on a sunny summer day, a deceivingly hilly bike and convection oven run—oh, and let’s not forget altitude—made for a challenging conditions at the inaugural Ironman Boulder

The town of Boulder, on the outskirts of Denver, Colo., is nestled up against the Colorado Rockies, and is widely regarded as one of the sport’s hotbeds. It’s where Mark Allen crafted many of his Hawaii Ironman titles, as did names like Chrissie Wellington, Craig Alexander and Leanda Cave in recent years. A lion’s share of the top pros prep for Kona here or call Boulder home.


First Time Wins at Boulder's First IRONMAN - - August 3, 2014

Boulder, Colorado has been one of triathlon’s hottest spots for decades. The home of numerous IRONMAN champions for all or part of the year, the city just outside of Denver has become a training mecca for triathletes from across the globe. 

Which is why it is surprising that it took so long for the city to host a full-distance event, but when IRONMAN Boulder was announced a year ago it didn’t take long for triathletes from around the world to sign up, looking for their chance to complete a race in one of triathlon’s most famous venues. The day lived up to all the hype and expectation, too, as over 2,300 athletes entered Boulder Reservoir this morning in picture-perfect conditions to tackle the challenging course. 


Boulder’s Justin Daerr wins Ironman Boulder - Fox 31 Denver - August 3, 2014

BOULDER, Colo. — Boulder resident Justin Daerr won the first Ironman Boulder on Sunday, while Danielle Kehoe of Denver was the first female to finish.

Daerr finished the 140.6-mile course in an unofficial 8 hours, 20 minutes and 56 seconds, according to the Daily Camera. The course included a 26.2-mile run, a 2.4-mile swim at Boulder Reservoir and a 112-mile bike ride through Boulder, Larimer, Weld and Broomfield counties.

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Daerr, Kehoe Lead The Local Charge At Ironman Boulder - - August 3, 2014

Despite cooler temperatures and rain earlier in race week, Sunday dawned crystal clear in Boulder, portending a typical warm and dry Colorado summer day. The predicted high of 85 degrees, with only mild winds, meant that athletes would be spared the more brutal conditions that Boulder can serve up, especially during the second half of the bike where the course is entirely exposed to the sun and oftentimes relentless wind, and the temperature can easily reach into the 90’s. All in all, it looked to be an ideal day for athletes and fans alike to enjoy the inaugural race, bringing the full-distance M-dot madness to the town that has become a high-altitude training Mecca for the professional ranks. 


Boulder resident wins inaugural Ironman Boulder - 9 News Denver - August 3, 2014

BOULDER –Boulder resident Justin Daerr was able to outlast the competition and take home the title Sunday during the inaugural Ironman Boulder triathlon, completing the 140.6 mile course in 8 hours, 20 minutes and 30 seconds, unofficially.

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Boulder's Justin Daerr wins men's Ironman race; Danielle Kehoe claims women's title - Daily Camera - August 3, 2014

It's been just seven years since Justin Daerr decided to make Boulder his home.

In that time, he's grown quite attached to the area. On Sunday, he believes that attachment helped him to the best win of his career.


Boulder's Justin Daerr wins Ironman race - The Denver Post - August 3, 2014

Boulder's own Justin Daerr won the inaugural Ironman Boulder on Sunday afternoon.

Daerr crossed the finish line in 8 hours, 20 minutes and 30 seconds, unofficially. 


Boulder’s Justin Daerr Wins Ironman Triathlon - CBS Denver - August 3, 2014

BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – More than 2,500 athletes from 33 different countries participated in the Ironman Triathlon in Boulder which was won by Boulder’s own Justin Daerr on Sunday.

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Ironman Boulder: Local athletes thrilled about hometown race - Daily Camera - August 1, 2014

Justin Daerr moved to Boulder in 2007 and has multiple top five finishes to his credit. He, too, was excited to have Ironman come to Boulder.

"I think it's great," said Daerr, who finished third at Ironman Texas on May 17. "It makes all the sense in the world. You have the best athletes training here anyway. It's not simply the athletes, but a lot of the industry and sponsors are based here."


One-Hour Workout: Your New Favorite Fartlek Run - Triathlete Magazine - May 13, 2014

This week’s fartlek run workout comes from pro triathlete and Endurance Corner coach Justin Daerr. The Boulder, Colo.-based coach says you can do the workout once through, or do it as a pyramid and work your way back down. “The first way is more of a ‘feel good’ session, the second way is a bit more challenging,” he says. The recovery time is equal to the hard effort.


Interview with Endurance Corner Coach Justin Daerr - Texas Triathlon Clinic - January 17, 2014

What and when was your first triathlon?

Wool Capitol in San Angelo Texas, August 2000. It was about 1,000 degrees that day.

When did you decide you wanted to pursue a career as a professional triathlete and why?


IM Talk Episode 396 - - January 13, 2014

This week we have Justin Daerr from Endurance Corner on the show. He covers strength training for Ironman athletes.  Read more...

The Most Important Run Workouts For Triathletes - Triathlete Magazine - October 18, 2013

The Transition Run

Most working athletes are time-limited, and getting in numerous sessions in the week can be a challenging task. With this in mind, strive to run off the bike on your key cycling workout days to help increase run frequency while developing the skill of running off the bike with ease.


Win in Ironman Texas would be extra special for Daerr, who grew up here - Houston Chronicle - May 17, 2013

Justin Daerr isn't sure how he became a professional triathlete.

Growing up in Houston, he didn't play organized sports at Lamar High School. No track and field, no cross country. And while he was at Texas A&M, he didn't know any other triathletes.

So even he would like to know how it happened. Then he would have an answer for all the people who ask him.

But he does know what keeps him going.


Justin Daerr Races on Hometown Turf at Ironman Texas - - May 16, 2014

In 2002 a fresh-faced Texas A&M undergrad came up to me after the Houston Marathon, proud to have run three hours and 38 minutes in his first attempt at the distance. He had read some of my articles on IRONMAN training and wanted to know more about triathlon. He was polite, intelligent and had that longing in his voice that made me think he might develop that "necessary obsession" that makes a champion.


IM Talk Episode 346 - - January 28, 2013

Justin Daerr from Endurance Corner is back on the show this week. He shares his thoughts on the benefits and dangers of blowing up in training.  Read more...

Ironman Wisconsin Pro Panel 2012 - September 7, 2012


Justin answers questions from Mike Riley at the Pro Press Conference at the 2012 Ironman Wisconsin.

IM Talk Episode 282 - - October 24, 2011

IM Talk has an interview with Justin Daerr about speed training for Ironman.  Read more...

A Day in the Life of Justin Daerr - February 13, 2011


Follow along with Justin on a spring training day in Tucson, AZ.

IM Talk Episode 245 - - January 17, 2011

We have Justin Daerr on the show going over Richard Swans' Hill Rep workout.  Read more...

Moving on Up - - September 9, 2008

Justin Daerr finished the 2001 Ironman California in 12:55 and just 2 years later he recorded a 9:20 finish at Ironman Florida. A couple weeks ago he was 5th overall at Ironman Canada in a time of 8:37 and we had a talk with him.


The Journey of JD Part 2 - - April 15, 2008

In Part One I discussed my 30-month progression from a 12:55 Ironman finishing time to a 9:20 finishing time. In this edition I will cover the move from 9:20 to 8:40 which took four years to accomplish.


The Journey of JD Part 1 - - March 15, 2008

In May of 2001 I finished my first Ironman (California) in 12:55:03. I swam 1:20:34, biked 6:25:24, and barely broke five hours on the marathon running 4:59:58. In November of 2007 I finished Ironman Florida in 8:40:25. I swam 55:27, biked 4:41:12, and broke three hours on the marathon running 2:59:51. As I look back on the past seven years, I essentially think of my progression occurring in two separate blocks: the jump from 12:55 to 9:20 and the jump from 9:20 to 8:40. Both were considerably challenging, but the approaches were different. In this first installment I will cover what it took for me to make the first move. 


A Typical Ironman Training Week - - June 1, 2005

It can be enlightening to read how a real athlete trains. The following is by Justin Daerr, an age-group triathlete. 

Throughout the triathlon season my training schedule is continually changing. During the early part of the year my coach, Joe Friel, and I focus more on strength training and skills. I still spend a fair amount of time on the road, on the trails, and in the pool, but the overall intensity of the sessions is low.