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Radka Kahlefeldt

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37
World Rank
5
National
26
Swim
42
Bike
42
Run
Australia
Weight
55kg
Height
1.70m
Age
39
Born
1984
 
Bike
Liv
 
Contract
Contract
SeasonContract
2024
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Radka Kahlefeldt

Trying to get the most out of limited training time is a challenge triathletes all over the world face every day.

And there can't be many more inspiring role models than Radka Kahlefeldt, who has moved to another level since the arrival of daughter Ruby in January 2018.

Just 11 weeks after giving birth to her first child, she was back to middle-distance winning ways and has since enjoyed the most successful phase yet of a win-laden career.

Her route into the sport underlined her uncanny ability to squeeze as much as possible into the time available.

Originally she wanted to be a professional tennis player (Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi were her heroes growing up), before realising that her strengths lay elsewhere.

She was then able to excel at both cross-country skiing (representing the Czech Republic) and triathlon.

But eventually came the point, aged 18, where she had to pick one or the other, and she’s never looked back.

"I now chase the summer all around the world as opposed to chasing snow, so I think it was a good choice," she says.

Early on Radka focused on both duathlon (she was European Champion in 2008) as well as shorter distance triathlons on the ITU circuit, while also fitting in a Masters degree in sports science and physical education.

The highlight though was getting to the Olympics in London in 2012 and she recounts: "It was an amazing experience and such a special Games, it's something I'll never forget”.

The perfect match

Radka, or Rads as she's also known, was 15 when she joined her first triathlon club and started in sprint distances, before gradually working her way up to Olympic distance.

As her swimming improved she made huge strides and, just as she had in cross-country skiing she was soon representing her country.

After the 2012 Olympics though, her sights were set on non-drafting racing and longer distances.

Her middle-distance debut came at the end of 2012 and it was the following year, at a race in Australia, where she first met her now-husband Brad.

The Australian enjoyed a 20-year career in triathlon, including two Olympics (Beijing and London), a Commonwealth Games gold medal and three ITU World Championship podium places.

They married in 2016 and Brad (who has now retired and turned his attention to marathon running and coaching) is ideally placed to map out Radka's training regime.

There was plenty of success before Ruby came along, including IRONMAN 70.3 wins at Putrajaya, Hefei and Subic Bay. But it is the run of results since the start of 2018 which has catapulted Radka into the top bracket of the sport.

It was just 11 weeks after giving birth (and after only two weeks of training) that she returned at 70.3 Davao in the Philippines. What a comeback it was.

Exactly a year and a week after her previous IRONMAN race (when she was runner-up at 70.3 Taiwan), she led from start to finish to dominate the field.

She was quickest in both the swim and on the bike (and third-best in the half marathon), crossing the line with an advantage of more than 11 minutes on the rest of the field.

She repeated the trick at 70.3 Vietnam and 70.3 Cebu and then went on to notch her best result yet at the 70.3 World Championship with a fifth place.

The end-of-year sequence then rounded out an unforgettable 12 months in style.

First up was the Challenge Asia Pacific Championship where Radka again left her rivals trailing right from the off. By the finish, she’d extended her lead to 10 minutes and more from fellow 'supermums' Mirinda Carfrae and Beth McKenzie.

The following weekend Rads was in complete control again at IRONMAN 70.3 Western Sydney. Then after making the short hop to New Zealand, she collected another first place at 70.3 Taupo. That came despite not feeling 100 per cent on the bike.

No wonder she called 2018 "the best year of my life" as she ended it as the dominant force at half distance.

That momentum continued into 2019, with early-season successes at 70.3 Geelong and Davao (again).

The level of consistency was incredible as she managed to cover both IRONMAN and Challenge events, with her 13 races producing seven wins and 11 podiums.

With multiple Challenge wins and a second place at The Championship Challenge Samorin, she ran away with the Challenge Family World Bonus and a top prize of $30,000.

Having wrapped things up in Europe it was back to the southern hemisphere, with 2020 starting in now-familiar style with another success at Challenge Wanaka, for another Asia Pacific Championship title.

Staying in the land of the long white cloud, she also made the significant move into full-distance racing with a debut at IRONMAN New Zealand. Illness meant she only got as far as the bike ride, but it is surely only a matter of time before she's challenging for podiums in that sphere.

An inspirational story

Combining full and half-distance races will add another layer to the training puzzle, but if anyone can make it work it is Radka and Brad Kahlefeldt.

It has been quite an achievement by Radka to reach new heights, while always putting Ruby first. She gives lots of the credit to Brad, with the pair of them aiming to be as time-efficient as possible. Their planning includes around 20 hours a week of carefully-tailored training.

"It wouldn't be possible without Brad, he understands everything. You set your priorities: family first then triathlon."

Asked for her favourite piece of training advice, it had to come from her husband, who told her: "You can't feel great in training every day. Just do it and don't overthink it”.

By necessity, much of the training is done early, indoors and mostly alone. The majority of it is high-quality and intense, all about maximising the available time.

It is clearly a formula which pays dividends, and Radka is keen to stress: "I hope I can inspire all the mums that you can still do whatever you want”.

Current PTO World Ranking Points
37
PTO Asian Open 2023
82.77
Singapore T100 2024
79.42
Ironman Cairns 2023
Bonus +5%
78.95
Sum / 3
80.38
Ranking History
#4#58#112#166#22020132014201520162017201820192020202120222023*20242013Overall19.60 pts#126Swim45.74 pts#72Bike24.37 pts#217Run29.83 pts#1232014Overall77.71 pts#34Swim90.25 pts#17Bike63.07 pts#136Run88.76 pts#122015Overall77.71 pts#47Swim93.48 pts#14Bike63.07 pts#144Run88.76 pts#252016Overall83.80 pts#32Swim97.11 pts#10Bike82.06 pts#58Run78.31 pts#572017Overall83.80 pts#31Swim92.72 pts#16Bike82.06 pts#65Run78.83 pts#572018Overall101.25 pts#9Swim90.69 pts#17Bike93.64 pts#34Run99.42 pts#112019Overall102.71 pts#10Swim90.69 pts#16Bike93.64 pts#35Run99.42 pts#142020Overall95.58 pts#15Swim87.74 pts#18Bike82.14 pts#57Run90.40 pts#192021Overall47.79 pts#97Swim45.10 pts#125Bike41.07 pts#144Run45.20 pts#1282022Overall79.64 pts#44Swim91.15 pts#47Bike76.35 pts#65Run76.83 pts#672023Overall78.76 pts#34Swim81.03 pts#20Bike78.92 pts#38Run71.72 pts#532024Overall80.38 pts#37Swim81.03 pts#26Bike78.92 pts#42Run76.16 pts#42

* New PTO World Ranking System implemented.

Results

67 Races22
1
15
2
11
3

2024

Points: NaN
Date#TierRaceSwimBikeRunOverallSOFT100 LogoPts
05 May
2
SilverIronman Australia52:465:04:013:10:139:10:59
63.2
51.61
-
63.20
Swim52:46
Bike5:04:01
Run3:10:13
13 Apr
11
DiamondSingapore T10028:342:13:321:17:444:02:25
79.42
93.53
10
79.4210
Swim28:34
Bike2:13:32
Run1:17:44
24 Mar
4
SilverIronman 70.3 Geelong23:592:19:461:23:384:11:32
71.45
80.18
-
71.45
Swim23:59
Bike2:19:46
Run1:23:38
25 Feb
1
BronzeHusky Ultimate24:572:23:031:26:144:17:16
55.47
28.54
-
55.47
Swim24:57
Bike2:23:03
Run1:26:14

2023

Points: NaN
Date#TierRaceSwimBikeRunOverallSOFPts
26 Nov
3
SilverChallenge Canberra25:152:32:291:26:504:27:58
70.07
75.02
70.07
Swim25:15
Bike2:32:29
Run1:26:50
14 Oct
18
DiamondIronman Hawaii54:014:50:003:14:149:03:07
74.55
93.35
74.55
Swim54:01
Bike4:50:00
Run3:14:14
10 Sep
2
SilverIronman 70.3 Sunshine Coast27:212:22:591:23:294:16:53
73.95
72.71
73.95
Swim27:21
Bike2:22:59
Run1:23:29
19 Aug
8
DiamondPTO Asian Open28:222:08:501:16:003:55:15
82.77
91.28
82.77
Swim28:22
Bike2:08:50
Run1:16:00
18 Jun
2
GoldIronman Cairns51:314:53:213:09:318:58:48
75.19
67.85
75.19
Swim51:31
Bike4:53:21
Run3:09:31
07 May
2
SilverIronman Australia52:465:09:533:17:569:25:03
65.46
56.33
65.46
Swim52:46
Bike5:09:53
Run3:17:56
26 Mar
2
SilverIronman 70.3 Geelong24:142:19:471:22:284:10:39
72.81
70.06
72.81
Swim24:14
Bike2:19:47
Run1:22:28
26 Feb
2
BronzeHusky Ultimate26:452:25:201:24:314:19:36
59.29
54.22
59.29
Swim26:45
Bike2:25:20
Run1:24:31

2022

Points: NaN
Date#TierRaceSwimBikeRunOverallSOFPts
04 Dec
5
SilverIronman Western Australia54:424:49:553:11:519:01:57
62.84
71.1
62.84
Swim54:42
Bike4:49:55
Run3:11:51
13 Nov
4
SilverIronman 70.3 Melbourne25:042:15:271:23:104:07:51
66.7
69.73
66.70
Swim25:04
Bike2:15:27
Run1:23:10
23 Jul
25
DiamondPTO Canadian Open31:042:07:001:10:463:50:52
62.8
82.8
62.80
Swim31:04
Bike2:07:00
Run1:10:46
12 Jun
2
GoldIronman Cairns54:014:53:443:12:329:05:16
68.94
49.26
68.94
Swim54:01
Bike4:53:44
Run3:12:32

2020

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
07 Mar
DNF
Ironman New Zealand--:----:----:----:--
08:55:05
-
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
15 Feb
1
Challenge Wanaka Half25:032:36:331:22:084:28:11
81.3454
04:20:53
81.35
Swim25:03
Bike2:36:33
Run1:22:08

2019

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
19 Oct
1
Challenge Peguera Mallorca26:312:29:141:22:254:21:42
83.0199
04:15:12
83.02
Swim26:31
Bike2:29:14
Run1:22:25
14 Sep
1
Challenge Davos26:162:07:071:21:523:58:23
91.2163
03:55:17
91.22
Swim26:16
Bike2:07:07
Run1:21:52
07 Sep
6
Ironman 70.3 World Championship26:372:43:021:19:594:33:38
88.307
04:28:55
88.31
Swim26:37
Bike2:43:02
Run1:19:59
27 Jul
1
Challenge Prague--:----:----:--4:22:14
84.6111
04:16:19
84.61
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
14 Jul
1
Ironman 70.3 Astana--:----:----:--4:07:43
86.3133
04:02:44
86.31
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
30 Jun
1
Challenge Walchsee26:582:25:131:24:224:19:45
85.6231
04:14:16
85.62
Swim26:58
Bike2:25:13
Run1:24:22
23 Jun
3
Ironman 70.3 Elsinore26:322:19:021:20:044:10:36
78.4887
04:02:46
78.49
Swim26:32
Bike2:19:02
Run1:20:04
02 Jun
2
Challenge "The Championship" Samorin26:432:14:211:19:154:05:36
94.1585
04:03:28
94.16
Swim26:43
Bike2:14:21
Run1:19:15
12 May
3
Ironman 70.3 Vietnam24:452:17:191:25:394:11:03
101.369
04:11:34
101.37
Swim24:45
Bike2:17:19
Run1:25:39
14 Apr
3
Challenge Melbourne27:232:17:281:20:284:08:30
73.4524
03:58:59
73.45
Swim27:23
Bike2:17:28
Run1:20:28
24 Mar
1
Ironman 70.3 Davao--:----:----:--4:16:52
83.1925
04:10:33
83.19
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
17 Feb
1
Ironman 70.3 Geelong23:242:20:511:21:554:09:55
88.3287
04:05:37
88.33
Swim23:24
Bike2:20:51
Run1:21:55

2018

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
08 Dec
1
Ironman 70.3 Taupo25:122:26:241:25:084:20:47
78.8109
04:12:45
78.81
Swim25:12
Bike2:26:24
Run1:25:08
25 Nov
1
Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney27:412:20:511:21:384:12:25
86.9395
04:07:34
86.94
Swim27:41
Bike2:20:51
Run1:21:38
18 Nov
1
Challenge Taiwan Half27:252:14:371:21:214:09:01
104.916
04:10:52
104.92
Swim27:25
Bike2:14:37
Run1:21:21
01 Sep
5
Ironman 70.3 World Championship24:252:23:301:21:394:13:50
91.578
04:10:40
91.58
Swim24:25
Bike2:23:30
Run1:21:39
05 Aug
1
Ironman 70.3 Philippines27:562:18:001:21:564:12:13
101.845
04:12:55
101.84
Swim27:56
Bike2:18:00
Run1:21:56
03 Jun
3
Challenge "The Championship" Samorin28:192:15:541:22:234:11:42
96.9846
04:10:34
96.98
Swim28:19
Bike2:15:54
Run1:22:23
13 May
1
Ironman 70.3 Vietnam25:002:16:551:29:454:14:36
96.887
04:13:25
96.89
Swim25:00
Bike2:16:55
Run1:29:45
22 Apr
3
Challenge Melbourne25:242:21:291:20:564:11:12
60.7513
03:57:14
60.75
Swim25:24
Bike2:21:29
Run1:20:56
25 Mar
1
Ironman 70.3 Davao26:022:23:351:33:024:25:38
60.4768
04:10:46
60.48
Swim26:02
Bike2:23:35
Run1:33:02

2017

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
03 Jun
10
Challenge "The Championship" Samorin25:042:23:101:33:004:26:49
56.623
04:10:31
56.62
Swim25:04
Bike2:23:10
Run1:33:00
01 Apr
2
Ironman 70.3 Liuzhou20:462:20:491:21:254:08:39
72.6951
03:58:52
72.70
Swim20:46
Bike2:20:49
Run1:21:25
19 Mar
2
Ironman 70.3 Taiwan25:182:20:431:25:284:17:06
78.5896
04:09:06
78.59
Swim25:18
Bike2:20:43
Run1:25:28
12 Mar
1
Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay26:202:26:501:25:244:22:13
76.6228
04:13:20
76.62
Swim26:20
Bike2:26:50
Run1:25:24

2016

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
23 Oct
3
Challenge Kanchanaburi27:562:50:431:32:014:53:46
40.061
04:29:32
40.06
Swim27:56
Bike2:50:43
Run1:32:01
16 Oct
1
Ironman 70.3 Hefei24:592:22:161:22:594:13:50
84.1814
04:07:57
84.18
Swim24:59
Bike2:22:16
Run1:22:59
04 Sep
9
Ironman 70.3 World Championship24:102:26:511:22:374:18:17
82.88
04:11:49
82.88
Swim24:10
Bike2:26:51
Run1:22:37
07 Aug
2
Ironman 70.3 Philippines25:512:20:071:28:094:18:29
82.1239
04:11:44
82.12
Swim25:51
Bike2:20:07
Run1:28:09
23 Jul
2
Challenge Iceland24:352:37:281:23:464:28:21
67.3377
04:15:49
67.34
Swim24:35
Bike2:37:28
Run1:23:46
03 Jul
DNF
Ironman 70.3 Norway--:----:----:----:--
04:05:11
-
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
08 May
2
Ironman 70.3 Vietnam23:252:19:221:28:224:15:46
84.3493
04:09:54
84.35
Swim23:25
Bike2:19:22
Run1:28:22
03 Apr
1
Ironman 70.3 Putrajaya27:022:23:571:27:194:22:15
73.2046
04:12:07
73.20
Swim27:02
Bike2:23:57
Run1:27:19
06 Mar
2
Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay24:162:18:541:28:594:14:51
80.7101
04:07:41
80.71
Swim24:16
Bike2:18:54
Run1:28:59
07 Feb
3
Ironman 70.3 Geelong24:212:29:271:24:154:21:49
66.9963
04:09:28
67.00
Swim24:21
Bike2:29:27
Run1:24:15

2015

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
18 Oct
1
Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie22:442:36:141:25:294:26:39
58.0094
04:10:51
58.01
Swim22:44
Bike2:36:14
Run1:25:29
13 Sep
3
Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast25:022:25:311:21:564:15:10
64.5985
04:02:18
64.60
Swim25:02
Bike2:25:31
Run1:21:56
30 Aug
16
Ironman 70.3 World Championship23:212:39:571:31:014:38:15
47.4421
04:17:55
47.44
Swim23:21
Bike2:39:57
Run1:31:01
09 Aug
6
Ironman 70.3 Wiesbaden27:362:53:281:26:044:50:52
37.4491
04:25:55
37.45
Swim27:36
Bike2:53:28
Run1:26:04
05 Jul
3
Ironman 70.3 Norway24:402:28:391:25:194:21:38
59.2149
04:06:33
59.21
Swim24:40
Bike2:28:39
Run1:25:19

2014

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
06 Dec
DNF
Challenge Bahrain--:----:----:----:--
04:00:20
-
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
19 Oct
1
Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie23:492:38:051:26:254:30:40
50.4752
04:11:57
50.48
Swim23:49
Bike2:38:05
Run1:26:25
14 Sep
2
Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast25:432:24:591:23:024:16:21
71.1502
04:05:43
71.15
Swim25:43
Bike2:24:59
Run1:23:02
07 Sep
6
Ironman 70.3 World Championship24:322:25:421:23:334:17:47
77.9589
04:09:32
77.96
Swim24:32
Bike2:25:42
Run1:23:33
08 Jun
4
Ironman 70.3 Eagleman28:142:24:071:21:014:19:01
64.3438
04:05:52
64.34
Swim28:14
Bike2:24:07
Run1:21:01
04 May
1
Ironman 70.3 St. Croix27:012:37:151:24:084:30:13
81.9671
04:23:06
81.97
Swim27:01
Bike2:37:15
Run1:24:08
13 Apr
1
Ironman 70.3 Putrajaya26:422:31:271:22:114:23:09
73.2086
04:12:59
73.21
Swim26:42
Bike2:31:27
Run1:22:11
22 Feb
4
Challenge Philippines25:132:59:581:25:294:52:30
54.2078
04:33:42
54.21
Swim25:13
Bike2:59:58
Run1:25:29

2013

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
10 Nov
3
Ironman 70.3 Mandurah21:532:18:431:26:464:10:20
58.8105
03:55:46
58.81
Swim21:53
Bike2:18:43
Run1:26:46

Ranking per Season

Overall

Year
Points
Pos
2024
80
37
2023
78
34
2022
79
44
2021
47
97
2020
95
15
2019
102
10
2018
101
9
2017
83
31
2016
83
32
2015
77
47
2014
77
34
2013
19
126

Swim

Year
Points
Pos
2024
81
26
2023
81
20
2022
91
47
2021
45
125
2020
87
18
2019
90
16
2018
90
17
2017
92
16
2016
97
10
2015
93
14
2014
90
17
2013
45
72

Bike

Year
Points
Pos
2024
78
42
2023
78
38
2022
76
65
2021
41
144
2020
82
57
2019
93
35
2018
93
34
2017
82
65
2016
82
58
2015
63
144
2014
63
136
2013
24
217

Run

Year
Points
Pos
2024
76
42
2023
71
53
2022
76
67
2021
45
128
2020
90
19
2019
99
14
2018
99
11
2017
78
57
2016
78
57
2015
88
25
2014
88
12
2013
29
123
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