Ironman 70.3 Champion David Kahn to Represent Fike Swim

Fike Swim is expanding its support of swimmers across aquatic sports with the addition of two-time Ironman 70.3 Champion and former Texas Longhorn standout David Kahn. The triathlete brings a long list of accomplishments including:

  • 2008 USA Triathlon Amateur of the Year
  • 2x Ironman 70.3 Champion
  • 3:48 Ironman 70.3 PR
  • 8:20 Ironman PR

kahn-running“I’ve known James for a long time and thought his idea for The Brick was an innovative way for swimmers of any variety to approach their training differently. I’m definitely excited to be part of this team, it’s going to be a lot of fun.” said Kahn.

David is currently taking a break from racing to get his dental practice in Long Island off the ground. While he maintains his fitness, he will be assisting Fike Swim with product testing and making inroads into the triathlon community.

“Dave is a special breed of swimmer and when it comes to training, he’s an animal. The guy knows what it takes to be great and many times in his career he’s had to train alone. As I’ve said before, our ambassadors are truly our partners and Fike Swim is lucky to have an athlete of his mental and physical toughness guiding our brand and our products.” said Fike Swim founder James Fike.

Going forward, Fike Swim is looking to add to its team of professional athletes as it expands its product offering around the world. You can get the latest news, product updates, and videos by liking Fike Swim on Facebook and subscribing to their YouTube channel. And you can get a candid look at Fike Swim’s journey to help swimmers SWIM DIFFERENT by following them on Instagram.

About David Kahn
Here’s a short Q&A with David. A longer Q&A with post-workout meals, season and practice goals, and more can be found by visiting Fike Swim’s ambassador profile page.

Q: What is your favorite event?
A: “Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant. It’s a challenging course with an amazing atmosphere.”

Q: How many yards per week did you train in prep for your Ironman wins?
A: “Due to my other commitments, particularly dental school, I only swam about 15-20k per week in preparation for those races, which is less than the 30k a pro triathlete usually averages.”

Q: Describe a “typical” swim set in practice?
A: “After so many years of lap swimming I was a little burned out on it, so my triathlon swim training is a little different. There is no “typical” set but I like this one:
3 Rounds:
8×50 race take out speed @1:00
400 mid race pace then onto bike trainer for:
3 x (4 minutes in zone 3-4 (out of 5) and 4 minutes easy)
10 minutes easy”

Q: How did you get into triathlons?
A: “As I said, I was burned out on swimming laps, but I had done it for so long and wasn’t ready to give it up completely, especially the racing. In college I was a pretty quick runner during dryland workouts, so I decided to give triathlons a try.”

Q: You’re pretty famous for a particular impersonation, right?
A: “I do a pretty mean Grinch impersonation.”

About Fike Swim

“We design products exclusively for the most difficult sport in the world.  We unapologetically place swimmers on a pedestal.  The rigors they embrace on a daily basis can only be understood by another swimmer and they deserve a company focused 100% on helping them succeed.  Whether you’re just starting out or training for Rio, we stand behind you.”
– James Fike, Founder

Fike Swim Products was born when founder James Fike put a brick on top of a kickboard and transformed just another legs-only kick set into a total body workout felt into the next day. Since then it’s been our mission to create unique swim equipment with the single-minded goal of making you faster. We don’t sell toys. We create tools to help you reach your potential.

James Fike, creator of The Brick

James Fike, creator of The Brick

About the Founder

James Fike has always had a passion for swimming. He started swimming competitively at age 5, ultimately training under Eddie Reese at The University of Texas from 1999-2003 where he had the privilege of swimming alongside some of the greatest swimmers in the history of the sport. James has continued swimming through all the phases of his life- from working as an investment banker, to getting his MBA back at UT, and back to working in corporate America. Finally, his passion for the sport led him to opening The Fort Worth Swim School, which teaches students of all ages and abilities and works to foster his same lifelong love for the sport.

Now, what started with a brick on a kickboard and a drive for always finding new ways to grow in the pool has become Fike Swim Products, a company dedicated to helping you Swim Different!


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Travis Knop

Wow, this is cool to see. He is still an amazing athlete (maybe better than ever?) at 32.

David beat me for the 100 fly NYS high school title in 01 and 02… And probably could have won 4-5 events at those state meets.

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