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Radka Kahlefeldt
Czech Republic
World Rank
16
Weight
55kg
Height
1.70m
Age
36
DOB
11/7/84
Bike: Liv
69%Swim67%Bike70%Run90%Overall
Athletes are measured as a percentage (for each discipline and overall) based on a relative comparison to the #1 ranked athlete who's rated at 100%.
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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
16
Average best 3 races 2019/2020
95.58
Average
95.58
Ranking History
#4#58#112#166#2202013201420152016201720182019202020212013Overall58.81 pts#126Swim91.48 pts#72Bike48.73 pts#217Run59.65 pts#1232014Overall233.13 pts#34Swim180.50 pts#17Bike126.15 pts#136Run177.53 pts#122015Overall233.13 pts#47Swim186.96 pts#14Bike126.15 pts#144Run177.53 pts#252016Overall251.41 pts#32Swim194.22 pts#10Bike164.13 pts#58Run156.63 pts#572017Overall251.41 pts#31Swim185.43 pts#16Bike164.13 pts#65Run157.66 pts#572018Overall303.75 pts#9Swim181.39 pts#17Bike187.27 pts#34Run198.83 pts#112019Overall308.13 pts#10Swim181.39 pts#16Bike187.27 pts#35Run198.83 pts#142020Overall286.74 pts#15Swim175.48 pts#18Bike164.29 pts#57Run180.80 pts#192021Overall95.58 pts#16Swim45.10 pts#113Bike41.07 pts#142Run45.20 pts#122
Results
54 Races21
1
8
2
11
3
2020
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
7 Mar
DNF
IM New Zealand
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
08:55:05-
15 Feb
1
Challenge Wanaka Half
25:03
2:36:33
1:22:08
4:28:11
81.3454
04:20:5381.35
2019
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
3 Nov
4
Noosa Triathlon
17:29
59:47
36:58
1:59:13
0
--
19 Oct
1
Challenge Peguera
26:31
2:29:14
1:22:25
4:21:42
83.0199
04:15:1283.02
14 Sep
1
Challenge Davos
26:16
2:07:07
1:21:52
3:58:23
91.2163
03:55:1791.22
7 Sep
6
IM 70.3 World Championship
26:37
2:43:02
1:19:59
4:33:38
88.307
04:28:5588.31
27 Jul
1
Challenge Prague
--:--
--:--
--:--
4:22:14
84.6111
04:16:1984.61
14 Jul
1
IM 70.3 Astana
--:--
--:--
--:--
4:07:43
86.3133
04:02:4486.31
30 Jun
1
Challenge Walchsee
26:58
2:25:13
1:24:22
4:19:45
85.6231
04:14:1685.62
23 Jun
3
IM 70.3 Elsinore
26:32
2:19:02
1:20:04
4:10:36
78.4887
04:02:4678.49
2 Jun
2
Challenge Samorin
26:43
2:14:21
1:19:15
4:05:36
94.1585
04:03:2894.16
12 May
3
IM 70.3 Vietnam
24:45
2:17:19
1:25:39
4:11:03
101.369
04:11:34101.37
14 Apr
3
Challenge Melbourne
27:23
2:17:28
1:20:28
4:08:30
73.4524
03:58:5973.45
24 Mar
1
IM 70.3 Davao
--:--
--:--
--:--
4:16:52
83.1925
04:10:3383.19
17 Feb
1
IM 70.3 Geelong
23:24
2:20:51
1:21:55
4:09:55
88.3287
04:05:3788.33
2018
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
8 Dec
1
IM 70.3 Taupo
25:12
2:26:24
1:25:08
4:20:47
78.8109
04:12:4578.81
25 Nov
1
IM 70.3 Western Sydney
27:41
2:20:51
1:21:38
4:12:25
86.9395
04:07:3486.94
18 Nov
1
Challenge Asia Pacific Championships, Taiwan
27:25
2:14:37
1:21:21
4:09:01
104.916
04:10:52104.92
4 Nov
3
Noosa Triathlon
21:00
1:00:39
36:41
2:01:38
0
--
1 Sep
5
IM 70.3 World Championship
24:25
2:23:30
1:21:39
4:13:50
91.578
04:10:4091.58
5 Aug
1
IM 70.3 Philippines
27:56
2:18:00
1:21:56
4:12:13
101.845
04:12:55101.84
3 Jun
3
Challenge Samorin
28:19
2:15:54
1:22:23
4:11:42
96.9846
04:10:3496.98
13 May
1
IM 70.3 Vietnam
25:00
2:16:55
1:29:45
4:14:36
96.887
04:13:2596.89
22 Apr
3
Challenge Melbourne
25:24
2:21:29
1:20:56
4:11:12
60.7513
03:57:1460.75
25 Mar
1
IM 70.3 Davao
26:02
2:23:35
1:33:02
4:25:38
60.4768
04:10:4660.48
2017
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
3 Jun
10
Challenge Samorin
25:04
2:23:10
1:33:00
4:26:49
56.623
04:10:3156.62
1 Apr
2
IM 70.3 Liuzhou
20:46
2:20:49
1:21:25
4:08:39
72.6951
03:58:5272.70
19 Mar
2
IM 70.3 Taiwan
25:18
2:20:43
1:25:28
4:17:06
78.5896
04:09:0678.59
12 Mar
1
IM 70.3 Subic Bay
26:20
2:26:50
1:25:24
4:22:13
76.6228
04:13:2076.62
2016
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
23 Oct
3
Challenge Kanchanaburi
27:56
2:50:43
1:32:01
4:53:46
40.061
04:29:3240.06
16 Oct
1
IM 70.3 Hefei
24:59
2:22:16
1:22:59
4:13:50
84.1814
04:07:5784.18
4 Sep
9
IM 70.3 World Championship
24:10
2:26:51
1:22:37
4:18:17
82.88
04:11:4982.88
7 Aug
2
IM 70.3 Philippines
25:51
2:20:07
1:28:09
4:18:29
82.1239
04:11:4482.12
23 Jul
2
Challenge Iceland
24:35
2:37:28
1:23:46
4:28:21
67.3377
04:15:4967.34
3 Jul
DNF
IM 70.3 Norway
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
04:05:11-
8 May
2
IM 70.3 Vietnam
23:25
2:19:22
1:28:22
4:15:46
84.3493
04:09:5484.35
3 Apr
1
IM 70.3 Putrajaya
27:02
2:23:57
1:27:19
4:22:15
73.2046
04:12:0773.20
6 Mar
2
IM 70.3 Subic Bay
24:16
2:18:54
1:28:59
4:14:51
80.7101
04:07:4180.71
7 Feb
3
IM 70.3 Geelong
24:21
2:29:27
1:24:15
4:21:49
66.9963
04:09:2867.00
2015
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
18 Oct
1
IM 70.3 Port Macquarie
22:44
2:36:14
1:25:29
4:26:39
58.0094
04:10:5158.01
13 Sep
3
IM 70.3 Sunshine Coast
25:02
2:25:31
1:21:56
4:15:10
64.5985
04:02:1864.60
30 Aug
16
IM 70.3 World Championship
23:21
2:39:57
1:31:01
4:38:15
47.4421
04:17:5547.44
9 Aug
6
IM 70.3 Wiesbaden
27:36
2:53:28
1:26:04
4:50:52
37.4491
04:25:5537.45
5 Jul
3
IM 70.3 Norway
24:40
2:28:39
1:25:19
4:21:38
59.2149
04:06:3359.21
2014
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
6 Dec
DNF
Challenge Bahrain
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
04:00:20-
19 Oct
1
IM 70.3 Port Macquarie
23:49
2:38:05
1:26:25
4:30:40
50.4752
04:11:5750.48
14 Sep
2
IM 70.3 Sunshine Coast
25:43
2:24:59
1:23:02
4:16:21
71.1502
04:05:4371.15
7 Sep
6
IM 70.3 World Championship
24:32
2:25:42
1:23:33
4:17:47
77.9589
04:09:3277.96
8 Jun
4
IM 70.3 Eagleman
28:14
2:24:07
1:21:01
4:19:01
64.3438
04:05:5264.34
4 May
1
IM 70.3 St. Croix
27:01
2:37:15
1:24:08
4:30:13
81.9671
04:23:0681.97
13 Apr
1
IM 70.3 Putrajaya
26:42
2:31:27
1:22:11
4:23:09
73.2086
04:12:5973.21
22 Feb
4
Challenge Philippines
25:13
2:59:58
1:25:29
4:52:30
54.2078
04:33:4254.21
2013
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
10 Nov
3
IM 70.3 Mandurah
21:53
2:18:43
1:26:46
4:10:20
58.8105
03:55:4658.81
2012
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
4 Aug
20
Olympic Games
19:18
1:05:40
36:21
2:02:34
0
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Ranking per Season
Overall
Year
Points
Position
2021
95
16
2020
286
15
2019
308
10
2018
303
9
2017
251
31
2016
251
32
2015
233
47
2014
233
34
2013
58
126
Swim
Year
Points
Position
2021
45
113
2020
175
18
2019
181
16
2018
181
17
2017
185
16
2016
194
10
2015
186
14
2014
180
17
2013
91
72
Bike
Year
Points
Position
2021
41
142
2020
164
57
2019
187
35
2018
187
34
2017
164
65
2016
164
58
2015
126
144
2014
126
136
2013
48
217
Run
Year
Points
Position
2021
45
122
2020
180
19
2019
198
14
2018
198
11
2017
157
57
2016
156
57
2015
177
25
2014
177
12
2013
59
123
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