A little over two weeks ago I was fortunate enough to spend some time with Conrad 'The Caveman' Stoltz at the Clif Bar Triathlounge while he & I were both in Kona for the Ironman World Championship. Conrad was in Kona enjoying some on-island training and supporting his friends who were competing in the IM race.
For a guy who has 'Caveman' for a nickname, who was two weeks out from a BIG race, Conrad seemed remarkably mellow and relaxed in Kona. Truth is, Conrad's always a pleasure to hang out with - he almost seems too nice to be so competitive and so capable on the race course. I'm no expert on cavemen, but I'd have to assume that your average caveman simply wasn't as pleasant as Conrad. No doubt, Conrad's a special kind of Caveman. As I visited with Conrad I couldn't help wondering how such a nice, easy-going guy could possibly be gunning for a fourth XTERRA Worlds win. That kind of accomplishment is nothing to shake a stick at - so, like The Caveman we know and love, Conrad brought his club. Conrad certainly wasn't only in Kona to hang out and be nice to folks. He was focused on fine tuning that club of his so he'd be ready to put it to good use on October 24th at the 15th Annual XTERRA World Championships. Apparently, the fine tuning went well and the club was dialed - because Conrad absolutely beat things to bits on Sunday. He won the race for a record 4th time, completing the course in 2 hours, 31 minutes, 7 seconds. As Conrad has shown us so many times before, a Caveman - even a really nice Caveman - can go brutally, ruthlessly fast when the start gun goes off. Conrad finished the race with over a five minute lead. Word on the street is that Conrad's margin of victory is the second-largest in XTERRA World Championship history. Four XTERRA World Championships is a big-time accomplishment. And it couldn't have happened to a nicer Caveman. Congrats Conrad!
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