WIN a year of riding on ROUVY plus indoor cycling kit bundle

Kona the ‘ultimate goal’ as Sodaro eyes IRONMAN debut in Hamburg

A year on from the birth of her daughter, multiple 70.3 winner is planning a step up in distance in 2022

Last updated -
Rouvy Logo
Ride real routes with ROUVY

American Chelsea Sodaro is set to make her full-distance debut in June at IRONMAN Hamburg, with the “ultimate goal” of qualifying for the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona in October.

Sodaro, who is one year on from the birth of her daughter Skye, announced her plans in an interview with Bob Babbitt ahead of her appearance at CLASH Miami this weekend.


IRONMAN Hamburg in focus

Speaking on Breakfast with Bob, Sodaro said about her schedule:

“I’ll be racing IRONMAN Oceanside 70.3 after this, then IRONMAN Hamburg at the beginning of June.”

“I’m really excited. My team BMC-Vifit is based in Europe so a lot of my sponsors are there.

“My ultimate goal is to get to Kona, I’m really curious to see what I can do at Kona at the elite level. I’ve trained there a few times, and I’ve spectated there – that’s the pinnacle of the sport I want to see what I have got.”

Having never raced over the full distance before, but already a multiple winner at 70.3, Sodaro is set for a baptism of fire at the popular race in Germany, but she believes she has hired the right help to get her where she needs to be.

“You know I have an amazing coach, Dan Plews, who owns an age-group world record in Kona so he knows what he is doing.

“I have a lot of trust in his programme for me and we’ve had to take a gradual approach because I’m still coming back from having a baby but I have a lot of confidence in my training – it’s always fun to be a beginner too.”

One year on

Heading it this weekend’s action, Sodaro is using the event to celebrate a landmark in her post-partum journey.

“This weekend, especially, is celebratory for me because I’m going to be a year post-partum. I am so happy to be healthy and feeling pretty fit, I’m just hopeful to carry the momentum from this race into the rest of my season.

“I think that in those last couple of miles on the run, when things get tough, I have that extra piece of motivation and that little bit of mom strength that will serve me well.”

Stuart Dick
Written by
Stuart Dick
Stuart is a graduate of the University of Sunderland with a masters' degree in Sports Journalism. He spends a lot of his time running and cycling around West Yorkshire, England.
Discover more
Challenge Family Roth
Five things you need to know about the Challenge Roth bike course
Pelotan - Kristian Blummenfelt
Training and racing in the heat – top tips for keeping your cool when the heat is on
ROUVY routes and workouts – Best ROUVY routes to get ready for Challenge Roth
Sumarpo vanguard vs Zone 3 Vanquish X triathlon wetsuits
ZONE3 Vanquish X wetsuit vs Sumarpo Vanguard wetsuit – how do these triathlon wetsuits match up?
Rouvy indoor cycling app routes
Virtual training for real life racing – How year-round indoor cycling could benefit your race day performance
latest News
Sam Laidlow IRONMAN World Championship 2023 breaks tape for victory
Was Sam Laidlow’s Vitoria-Gasteiz DQ enough to validate his Kona ticket? The IRONMAN verdict is in
Matt Hauser Hamburg WTCS 2024 Photo credit: Tommy Zaferes / World Triathlon
Olympic Games triathlon: Hauser SMASHES 5km WTCS run best – what will be needed in Paris over 10km?
Olympic Games Triathlon Paris Test Event August 2023
Olympic Games triathlon: French sports minister and Hanquinquant swim in the Seine
Lisa Tertsch Cassandre Beaugrand Beth Potter Hamburg WTCS 2024 Photo credit: Tommy Zaferes / World Triathlon
Olympic Games triathlon: No panic from Potter after Hamburg – ‘the big one’s in two-and-a-half weeks’
Kat Matthews runs down the red carpet to second place (Photo by Nigel Roddis, Getty Images for IRONMAN)
British triathlon star celebrates MAJOR win after record breaking day at IRONMAN Vitoria-Gasteiz
triathlon on your terms
Never miss out with our triathlon alerts & digest. Get a dose of adventure & inspiration with Boundless.
Invalid email address
The SBRX Group

Proudly elevating endurance sports through content, products & services

Share to...