Ironman Florida 2014 (Nov 1st) – Predictions

October 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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IMFlorida

Previous Winners

Year Male Winner Time Female Winner Time
2005 Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL) 08:28:26 Bella Bayliss (GBR) 09:33:09
2006 Jan Raphael (GER) 08:22:44 Bella Bayliss (GBR) 09:28:28
2007 Stephan Vuckovic (GER) 08:21:29 Nina Kraft (GER) 09:05:35
2008 Tom Evans (CAN) 08:07:59 Bella Bayliss (GBR) 09:07:48
2009 Kirill Kotshegarov (EST) 08:24:29 Sofie Goos (BEL) 09:08:38
2010 James Cunnama (ZAF) 08:15:59 Jessica Jacobs (USA) 09:07:49
2011 Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI) 07:59:42 Jessica Jacobs (USA) 08:55:10
2012 Andrew Starykowicz (USA) 08:06:17 Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) 08:51:35
2013 Victor Del Corral (ESP) 07:53:12 Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) 08:43:07

Last Year’s TOP 3

Male Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time
1 Victor Del Corral ESP 00:55:23 04:15:15 02:37:29 07:53:12
2 Andrew Starykowicz USA 00:49:53 04:02:17 02:58:18 07:55:22
3 Filip Ospaly CZE 00:48:06 04:23:53 02:41:17 07:58:44

Female Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time
1 Yvonne Van Vlerken NED 01:00:14 04:35:49 03:01:55 08:43:07
2 Ashley Clifford USA 00:55:21 04:51:20 02:56:35 08:49:03
3 Erika Csomor HUN 01:02:13 04:45:09 03:03:32 08:56:41

Course Records

Leg Gender Record Athlete Date
Total overall 07:53:12 Victor Del Corral 2013-11-02
Swim overall 00:44:36 John Flanagan 2011-11-05
Bike overall 04:02:17 Andrew Starykowicz 2013-11-02
Run overall 02:37:29 Victor Del Corral 2013-11-02
Total female 08:43:07 Yvonne Van Vlerken 2013-11-02
Swim female 00:50:26 Tereza Macel 2007-11-03
Bike female 04:35:49 Yvonne Van Vlerken 2013-11-02
Run female 02:53:26 Jessica Jacobs 2011-11-05

Course Rating

The Course Rating for IM Florida is 21:44.

Race Adjustments for IM Florida

Year Adjustment Swim Adj. Bike Adj. Run Adj. # of Athletes Rating Swim Rating Bike Rating Run Rating
2005 15:03 -00:58 07:51 -01:11 27 15:03 -00:58 07:51 -01:11
2006 13:10 -03:00 05:27 04:34 40 14:07 -01:59 06:39 01:41
2007 22:23 00:01 14:36 05:11 69 16:52 -01:19 09:18 02:51
2008 23:10 -00:38 14:09 04:22 44 18:27 -01:09 10:31 03:14
2009 17:40 -02:03 15:44 04:18 29 18:17 -01:20 11:34 03:27
2010 15:13 -00:07 11:43 04:44 33 17:47 -01:08 11:35 03:39
2011 24:57 -00:25 15:37 04:12 32 18:48 -01:02 12:10 03:44
2012 22:39 -03:01 23:50 00:30 36 19:17 -01:16 13:37 03:20
2013 41:17 -01:33 27:00 09:10 54 21:44 -01:18 15:06 03:59

KPR points and Prize Money

IM Florida has 2000 KPR points for the winner. It has a total prize purse of 25k$.

Male Race Participants

Rank Bib Name Nation Expected Time Rating Exp. Swim Exp. Bike Exp. Run Overall
1 1 Andrew Starykowicz USA 08:11:27 08:41:19 00:49:02 04:11:44 03:05:41 34
2 2 Ben Hoffman USA 08:14:20 08:35:18 00:50:21 04:25:20 02:53:38 21
3 9 Maxim Kriat UKR 08:17:37 08:39:46 00:51:42 04:30:29 02:50:27 (29)
4 3 Timothy O’Donnell USA 08:18:28 08:48:33 00:48:20 04:27:35 02:57:33 52
5 6 Tom Lowe GBR 08:22:00 08:37:47 00:57:24 04:26:57 02:52:39 26
6 4 Pedro Gomes POR 08:23:03 08:53:28 00:51:01 04:29:37 02:57:25 71
7 15 Alberto Casadei ITA 08:31:06 08:59:38 00:49:33 04:35:51 03:00:41 (104)
8 10 Christophe Bastie FRA 08:33:09 08:59:27 00:54:45 04:27:46 03:05:38 102
9 13 Per Bittner GER 08:33:33 08:54:48 00:51:28 04:36:36 03:00:28 79
10 26 Pontus Lindberg SWE 08:35:18 09:10:30 00:55:21 04:33:59 03:00:58 146
11 7 Thomas Gerlach USA 08:40:47 09:04:55 00:55:47 04:30:28 03:09:32 120
12 34 Joerie Vansteelant BEL 08:41:04 09:13:49 01:01:57 04:29:36 03:04:31 (158)
13 29 David Naesvik SWE 08:45:48 09:13:53 00:56:00 04:33:47 03:11:01 158
14 16 Karl-Johan Danielsson SWE 08:48:10 09:20:57 00:50:20 04:34:05 03:18:44 192
15 8 Mike Schifferle SUI 08:48:39 09:11:41 01:02:27 04:38:20 03:02:52 151
16 21 Vinny Johnson USA 08:49:56 09:29:05 00:55:42 04:44:32 03:04:42 224
17 11 Marcel Bischof GER 09:05:20 09:31:53 00:58:45 04:46:43 03:14:52 234
18 14 Raymond Botelho USA 09:06:03 09:47:58 00:55:41 04:39:25 03:25:58 303
19 39 Allan Villanueva MEX 09:21:07 09:48:43 00:56:12 04:53:40 03:26:15 307
20 30 Evgeniy Nikitin RUS 09:24:58 10:19:32 00:52:51 05:06:10 03:20:57 402
21 36 Dantley Young USA 09:25:15 10:18:47 01:04:01 04:52:30 03:23:44 (399)
22 12 Aubrey Aldy USA 09:31:52 10:02:04 01:06:23 05:09:33 03:10:55 360
23 19 Ed Donner USA 09:32:33 10:14:18 01:00:00 04:56:28 03:31:05 389
24 22 Peter Kotland CZE 09:37:56 10:09:35 00:59:05 04:58:16 03:35:36 374
25 24 Ludovic Le Guellec FRA 09:38:12 10:19:06 01:03:16 05:09:00 03:20:57 401
26 18 Vincent Depuiset FRA 09:47:07 10:18:04 01:11:33 05:05:00 03:25:34 (396)
27 35 Robbie Wade IRL 09:48:26 10:31:41 01:00:28 04:57:13 03:45:45 (437)
28 23 Roman Krutina CZE 09:48:44 10:25:45 00:58:49 05:00:00 03:44:56 (423)
29 27 Brent Mcburney USA 10:19:54 10:58:53 01:01:21 04:58:39 04:14:54 (464)
30 37 Jason Smith USA 10:25:29 11:04:48 00:58:44 05:12:15 04:09:30 (469)
31 40 Marek Nemcik SVK 11:14:38 12:11:23 01:12:58 05:31:59 04:24:41 476
5 Lionel Sanders CAN n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated (n/a)
17 Rod De Kanel FRA n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated (n/a)
20 Robert Duncan USA n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated (n/a)
25 Frederic Limousin FRA n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated (n/a)
28 Philip Mosley GBR n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated (n/a)
31 Luan Ortiz Silva BRA n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated (n/a)
32 Artem Parienko RUS n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated (n/a)
33 Andreas Thissen GER n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated (n/a)
38 Jacob Rhyner USA n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated (n/a)

Female Race Participants

Rank Bib Name Nation Expected Time Rating Exp. Swim Exp. Bike Exp. Run Overall
1 50 Yvonne Van Vlerken NED 08:53:40 09:21:20 00:59:21 04:43:59 03:05:20 6
2 52 Leanda Cave GBR 09:04:46 09:28:12 00:51:57 04:54:55 03:12:55 14
3 56 Ashley Clifford USA 09:15:29 09:47:48 00:55:25 05:11:19 03:03:45 48
4 66 Tamara Kozulina UKR 09:19:41 09:46:20 01:03:23 05:01:21 03:09:57 46
5 53 Jessie Donavan USA 09:20:23 09:41:25 01:08:34 04:52:53 03:13:55 33
6 60 Kathleen Calkins USA 09:29:16 09:53:53 00:59:10 05:07:12 03:17:55 58
7 54 Uli Bromme USA 09:33:34 09:59:37 01:04:40 05:03:12 03:20:42 75
8 68 Carolin Lehrieder GER 09:36:27 10:18:49 00:59:14 05:18:08 03:14:05 (107)
9 57 Camilla Lindholm SWE 09:37:51 10:04:35 01:11:27 05:03:48 03:17:36 83
10 55 Anna Cleaver NZL 09:42:46 10:15:57 00:54:22 05:12:50 03:30:35 (104)
11 69 Kristin Lie NOR 09:45:24 10:20:42 01:14:11 05:00:42 03:25:30 110
12 70 Katya Meyers USA 09:51:13 10:24:36 01:09:30 05:04:13 03:32:30 (121)
13 61 Jocelyn Cornman USA 09:55:27 10:32:53 01:02:21 05:24:26 03:23:39 (142)
14 73 Nicole Woysch GER 10:03:07 10:28:08 01:00:23 05:14:32 03:43:13 134
15 65 Rachel Jastrebsky USA 10:06:46 10:37:30 01:03:35 05:20:01 03:38:10 146
16 72 Tami Ritchie USA 10:22:22 10:53:03 00:53:59 05:35:16 03:48:08 156
17 64 Alyssa Godesky USA 10:23:05 10:55:31 01:06:16 05:26:47 03:45:03 158
18 62 Federica Frontini URU 10:30:06 10:56:53 01:10:50 05:22:38 03:51:38 159
19 67 Leslie Lamacchia USA 10:31:15 10:59:45 01:09:53 05:32:03 03:44:20 162
20 71 Carla Moreno BRA 10:34:22 10:54:25 00:57:04 05:53:49 03:38:28 (157)
21 63 Sharon Gallant CAN 10:43:02 11:23:28 01:06:18 05:42:11 03:49:34 (167)
58 Dee Atkins USA n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated (n/a)
59 Michelle Bozarth USA n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated (n/a)

Winning Odds

Male Race Participants

The race favorites are three athletes that have started in Kona – but with very different results. Ben finished second (and if he starts will probably be focused on validating), Andrew had a DNF (and will be looking to deliver a good result) and TO had a frustrating 3:52 marathon (he might do Arizona instead of Florida). If all of them are not in great shape for Florida, then the race will be hotly contested between three other solid IM racers:

  • Ben Hoffman: 31% (2-1)
  • Andrew Starykowicz: 24% (3-1)
  • Timothy O’Donnell: 20% (4-1)
  • Maxim Kriat: 9% (10-1)
  • Tom Lowe: 7% (13-1)
  • Pedro Gomes: 6% (14-1)

Female Race Participants

As for the men, the top contenders have started in Kona: Yvonne had a DNF, and Leanda finished 18th – both will be looking for a good Florida result:

  • Yvonne Van Vlerken: 64% (1-1)
  • Leanda Cave: 23% (3-1)
  • Ashley Clifford: 4% (23-1)
  • Tamara Kozulina: 4% (26-1)
  • Jessie Donavan: 4% (27-1)

Ironman World Championships Kona 2014 – Analyzing Results

October 12, 2014 by · 2 Comments
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Thanks to the support of VeloDynamics, I was again be able to offer my “Live Predictions” during the race. The page is still up at http://kona.trirating.com, and is probably the easiest way to look at the actual splits with capabilities for sorting the data. Please check it out!

I will likely analyze the race in more detail in future posts, today I just want to put up my base analysis looking at how fast (or slow?) Kona was in 2014, and how each of the athletes performed relative to their previous results.

Race Conditions

Even if this year’s race was a bit slower than last year (adjustments 2014: 1:11 vs. 2013: 3:53), it was still a relatively quick race for Kona (course rating -3:42). The swim and bike were typically slow for Kona, but conditions on the run appeared to be quite good. It sounded to me that athletes had to respect the tough Kona conditions – and there were some big explosions for those who didn’t or couldn’t: In addition to the DNFs, there were six athletes that were more than an hour slower than expected.

Male Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected
1 Sebastian Kienle GER 00:54:38 04:20:46 02:54:36 08:14:18 -08:46
2 Ben Hoffman USA 00:51:20 04:32:20 02:51:25 08:19:23 -17:40
3 Jan Frodeno GER 00:50:56 04:37:19 02:47:46 08:20:32 -22:44
4 Andy Potts USA 00:50:56 04:36:56 02:48:18 08:21:38 -10:31
5 Cyril Viennot FRA 00:54:32 04:31:18 02:51:55 08:22:19 -17:13
6 Nils Frommhold GER 00:51:14 04:34:11 02:52:45 08:22:29 -00:47
7 Tim Van Berkel AUS 00:51:21 04:36:45 02:50:53 08:23:26 -20:22
8 Frederik Van Lierde BEL 00:51:03 04:32:17 02:56:21 08:24:11 00:05
9 Bart Aernouts BEL 00:55:43 04:37:47 02:50:12 08:28:28 -01:02
10 Romain Guillaume FRA 00:51:08 04:34:23 02:59:58 08:30:15 -22:35
11 Maik Twelsiek GER 00:54:38 04:24:03 03:07:20 08:31:06 -10:07
12 Ronnie Schildknecht SUI 00:55:39 04:38:09 02:54:54 08:33:35 04:26
13 Craig Alexander AUS 00:51:50 04:41:39 02:58:58 08:36:25 14:18
14 Paul Matthews AUS 00:51:08 04:38:43 03:03:09 08:37:17 14:17
15 Luke McKenzie AUS 00:54:36 04:36:44 03:02:12 08:38:12 -03:21
16 Michael Weiss AUT 01:00:52 04:33:55 02:58:35 08:38:27 06:25
17 Ivan Rana ESP 00:51:56 04:58:10 02:44:38 08:38:59 08:24
18 Jeremy Jurkiewicz FRA 00:51:49 04:50:27 02:53:06 08:39:46 01:18
19 Marko Albert EST 00:51:01 04:39:18 03:05:18 08:40:02 01:47
20 Boris Stein GER 01:01:52 04:36:43 02:57:54 08:40:42 -17:56
21 Timothy Reed AUS 00:51:25 04:38:21 03:10:07 08:44:45 -34:26
22 Marek Jaskolka POL 00:54:36 04:53:02 02:56:12 08:48:27 -11:06
23 Matthew Russell USA 01:00:52 04:39:17 03:04:06 08:49:03 -06:41
24 Kyle Buckingham ZAF 00:54:33 04:44:38 03:06:01 08:50:28 03:44
25 Igor Amorelli BRA 00:51:00 04:41:26 03:15:47 08:52:37 11:07
26 Justin Daerr USA 00:57:32 04:50:25 03:01:58 08:54:01 09:10
27 Joe Gambles AUS 00:52:04 04:51:55 03:05:45 08:55:15 21:33
28 Christian Brader GER 01:02:28 04:59:30 02:50:38 08:57:56 -01:27
29 Harry Wiltshire GBR 00:51:19 04:58:57 03:05:36 09:00:00 -12:48
30 Paul Ambrose GBR 00:52:15 04:50:29 03:15:43 09:02:58 12:35
31 Filip Ospaly CZE 00:51:06 04:59:00 03:16:08 09:10:57 17:06
32 Timothy O’Donnell USA 00:51:04 04:37:02 03:52:30 09:25:13 49:09
33 Daniel Fontana ITA 00:51:23 05:02:03 03:39:02 09:37:44 1:00:01
34 Marino Vanhoenacker BEL 00:55:31 04:24:59 04:31:02 09:55:19 1:31:37
35 Elliot Holtham CAN 00:55:36 05:17:39 03:51:07 10:10:59 1:04:22
36 Andreas Raelert GER 00:51:27 04:36:42 05:16:44 10:49:09 1:27:15
Daniel Halksworth GBR 00:51:05 04:37:06 DNF
Christian Kramer GER 00:51:11 04:41:23 DNF
TJ Tollakson USA 00:54:30 04:42:34 DNF
James Cunnama ZAF 00:54:37 04:47:04 DNF
Eneko Llanos ESP 00:52:14 04:50:27 DNF
Andrew Starykowicz USA 00:51:17 04:52:59 DNF
Richie Cunningham AUS 00:51:37 04:55:09 DNF
Chris McDonald AUS 01:00:52 04:46:29 DNF
Victor Del Corral ESP 01:06:14 04:55:34 DNF
David Plese SLO 00:55:41 05:06:59 DNF
Pete Jacobs AUS 00:51:05 09:58:40 DNF
Bevan Docherty NZL 00:51:20 DNF
Terenzo Bozzone NZL 00:51:24 DNF
Faris Al-Sultan GER 00:54:05 DNF
Tyler Butterfield BMU 00:54:35 DNF
Axel Zeebroek BEL 00:55:26 DNF

Female Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected
1 Mirinda Carfrae AUS 01:00:14 05:05:48 02:50:26 09:00:55 -06:05
2 Daniela Ryf SUI 00:56:55 04:54:33 03:07:00 09:02:57 -26:44
3 Rachel Joyce GBR 00:56:47 04:56:49 03:06:27 09:04:23 -05:42
4 Jodie Swallow GBR 00:54:28 05:02:46 03:08:45 09:10:19 -15:06
5 Caroline Steffen SUI 00:56:53 05:02:03 03:08:43 09:12:43 00:50
6 Julia Gajer GER 01:00:17 05:06:13 03:04:39 09:16:58 -09:50
7 Elizabeth Lyles USA 01:00:19 05:10:15 03:03:24 09:18:11 -14:57
8 Gina Crawford NZL 00:55:04 05:17:30 03:01:49 09:19:21 -07:20
9 Mary Beth Ellis USA 00:54:56 05:00:04 03:21:24 09:20:46 00:54
10 Liz Blatchford GBR 00:54:59 05:13:30 03:10:16 09:23:34 02:45
11 Corinne Abraham GBR 01:06:26 05:11:45 03:02:47 09:25:04 -12:08
12 Linsey Corbin USA 01:06:19 05:15:21 02:58:58 09:25:38 02:30
13 Simone Braendli SUI 00:56:46 05:16:06 03:14:43 09:32:33 -03:42
14 Michelle Vesterby DEN 00:56:49 05:12:12 03:20:24 09:34:14 04:37
15 Heather Wurtele CAN 01:00:11 05:03:43 03:25:09 09:34:18 01:06
16 Bree Wee USA 00:57:21 05:16:42 03:16:01 09:34:37 -13:58
17 Asa Lundstroem SWE 01:06:43 05:11:42 03:13:33 09:36:22 -12:42
18 Leanda Cave GBR 00:55:49 05:14:11 03:21:26 09:36:23 11:12
19 Kelly Williamson USA 01:00:09 05:33:50 03:03:03 09:41:18 06:05
20 Lisa Roberts USA 01:16:17 05:19:09 03:02:48 09:44:51 -02:52
21 Amber Ferreira USA 01:00:22 05:17:54 03:22:04 09:45:41 -12:55
22 Caitlin Snow USA 01:00:12 05:25:42 03:16:54 09:48:14 19:59
23 Amanda Stevens USA 00:54:25 05:15:57 03:34:26 09:49:40 05:06
24 Natascha Badmann SUI 01:06:39 05:12:08 03:25:06 09:50:37 19:51
25 Kristin Moeller GER 01:15:23 05:24:50 03:07:39 09:52:02 13:59
26 Melanie Burke NZL 01:20:31 05:09:22 03:19:03 09:54:04 -04:41
27 Beth Shutt USA 01:06:16 05:25:06 03:23:01 09:59:49 -03:18
28 Sofie Goos BEL 01:06:24 05:25:26 03:39:45 10:16:31 39:08
29 Jackie Arendt USA 01:00:15 05:33:41 03:40:48 10:20:54 24:25
30 Katja Konschak GER 00:57:09 05:39:08 03:59:28 10:42:55 40:23
31 Kim Schwabenbauer USA 01:11:38 05:32:17 04:29:38 11:19:18 1:33:57
32 Lucy Gossage GBR 01:06:36 05:17:55 05:02:44 11:32:12 1:55:01
Meredith Kessler USA 00:54:29 05:11:04 DNF
Yvonne Van Vlerken NED 01:06:33 05:05:17 DNF
Catriona Morrison GBR 01:00:11 05:19:19 DNF
Sara Gross CAN 01:00:20 05:29:50 DNF

Interview with Filip Ospaly for Kona 2014

October 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Filip Haugesund

Filip has had a great career racing Olympic distance (participating three times in the Olypmics and winning a number of World Cup races) and had also great results in 70.3s (2nd place in the 2010 World Championships) . He finished his first IM, Florida 2013, with a time of 7:58 in third place. He had some more good results in European of 70.3s, then secured his Kona slot by finishing fourth in Switzerland. As is typical for athletes coming up from the shorter distances, his swim in great and should easily place him in the front pack. Evidenced by his fast time in Florida, he has the engine for fast bike and run times over the longer distance, but it is a bit doubtful what he will be able to do in the tough condition and deep field in Kona. He certainly has a potential similar to Ivan Rana (who finished 6th in hist first appearance in Kona), but it remains to be seen if he will be able to perform in a hot race such as Kona.

Thorsten: How was your season so far?

Filip: Up and down. The first half I didn’t race because of two meniscus arthroscopies (left in mid April, right at the end of May).Then it went up with victories in Haugesund (Ironman 70.3),  Opava (Czech Cup race) and 4th place in Zurich (Ironman) – all races in July. And then down again at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Mont Tremblant.

T: What makes Kona special for you?

F: Kona is just another course. I don’t think it’s particularly beautiful, there are nicer ones. But with the climate and the strength of the field, it is certainly the hardest race. It is the World Championships. All the athletes will have prepared for this race very well and want to deliver their best performances. The 55 best athletes will be on the start line … 10 can win and another 20 can be on the podium …

T: Are you doing anything special in your Kona prep?

F: This will be my first time to race in Kona. The one big change is that I will be on the Big Island from early September. There are no changes to the  training compared to what I’ve done in the past.

T: What are your goals for the race?

F: One of my sponsors (Mr. Zdenek Kepak) has given me my goals for this race – to improve the Czech records on this course (Pete Vabrousek holds it for the best place with a 19th in 2002 and Martin Matula for the fastest time with a 8:48:50 from 2006). So this is my goal and I think it is realistic.

T: Any sponsor mentions you’d like to get in?

F: I want to thank all my sponsor for their support: EKOL, Equinox, eMMe, Cannondale, Czech Tri Series, FORD and others. For this race special thanks to Mr. Zdenek Kepak, who made it possible for me to stay on the Big Island for more than a month with my wife and our children!

Ironman Barcelona 2014 – Analyzing Results

October 6, 2014 by · 1 Comment
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Race Conditions

Conditions on race day were similar to what we have seen for Challenge Barcelona in the last years: A slow, non-wetsuit swim followed by a very fast bike and still quick run, leading to very fast times – in fact both course records were broken. The race adjustment was 35:41 which was still slightly slower than last year.

Male Race Results

The race was very close on the run: Bike leader Konstantin Bachor was run down by two Spaniards who fought for the win almost until the finish chute. In the end, Clemente Alonso McKernan was slightly ahead of Miquel Blanchard Tinto (both running 2:46 marathons), while Konstantin held on for third.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected
1 Clemente Alonso McKernan ESP 00:49:22 04:25:31 02:46:14 08:04:13 02:04
2 Miquel Blanchart Tinto ESP 00:49:36 04:25:41 02:46:37 08:04:38 -19:22
3 Konstantin Bachor GER 00:49:40 04:19:40 02:57:49 08:09:42 -05:29
4 Alberto Casadei ITA 00:49:29 04:25:52 02:52:48 08:10:49 -29:07
5 Bas Diederen NED 00:49:35 04:25:48 02:53:22 08:11:26 -01:33
6 Joe Skipper GBR 00:56:29 04:32:49 02:47:32 08:20:39 -05:13
7 Jarmo Hast FIN 00:53:29 04:35:14 02:52:19 08:23:49 03:03
8 Gudmund Snilstveit NOR 00:56:28 04:32:07 02:54:59 08:26:20 -15:43
9 Anton Blokhin UKR 00:51:24 04:35:46 02:56:49 08:26:50 -00:22
10 Andrey Lyatskiy RUS 00:49:44 04:38:33 03:00:45 08:32:15 -00:19
11 Mauro Baertsch SUI 00:56:15 04:31:52 03:03:31 08:34:47 -40:18
12 Ouilleres Gwenael FRA 00:53:39 04:34:47 03:04:14 08:35:36 n/a
13 Markus Thomschke GER 00:55:27 04:32:55 03:07:48 08:39:14 09:13
14 Mark Oude Bennink NED 00:49:31 04:32:05 03:15:11 08:39:32 -12:37
15 Andreas Niedrig GER 00:49:35 04:25:34 03:24:06 08:42:10 -08:44
16 Christophe Bastie FRA 00:56:33 04:31:22 03:27:35 08:58:38 32:20
17 Luca De Paolis ITA 01:04:03 04:45:36 03:06:02 08:59:12 -24:32
18 Mike Schifferle SUI 01:02:49 04:39:10 03:17:17 09:02:31 27:59
19 Enric Gussinyer ESP 00:52:38 04:38:22 03:27:22 09:02:39 -00:02
20 Roman Deisenhofer GER 00:55:14 04:33:18 03:34:45 09:06:00 n/a
21 Hendrik-Jan Verhaegen BEL 00:58:59 04:45:01 03:23:45 09:11:01 12:59
22 Kent Horner ZAF 00:49:33 04:39:11 03:45:04 09:16:29 30:27
23 Alejandro Jimenez valverde ESP 01:01:11 04:41:02 03:31:30 09:19:18 02:18
24 Eduardo Crooke Gonzalez de Aguilar ESP 00:56:21 05:01:14 03:21:29 09:23:14 n/a
25 Sergio Gamazo Fernandez ESP 01:08:29 04:42:19 03:29:12 09:25:00 n/a
26 Steve Clark GBR 01:03:49 04:47:55 03:42:25 09:37:48 25:33
27 Petr Vabrousek CZE 00:56:35 04:56:05 03:53:43 09:50:08 1:28:17
28 Maksim Kalinin RUS 01:14:41 05:06:03 03:33:31 09:58:16 -37:06
29 Marek Nemcik SVK 01:18:20 05:11:28 05:19:42 11:56:04 35:52
Matic Modic SLO 00:56:28 04:25:27 DNF
Georg Swoboda AUT 00:58:17 04:28:24 DNF
Herve Banti MCO 00:52:47 04:35:34 DNF
Jens Petersen-Bach DEN 00:53:33 04:41:38 DNF
Remmert Wielinga NED 01:13:28 04:29:03 DNF
Nicholas Ward Munoz GBR 00:56:30 04:48:13 DNF
Christian Nilsson NOR 01:08:46 05:01:56 DNF
Horst Reichel GER 00:49:32 DNF
Gergö Molnar HUN 00:52:42 DNF
Domenico Passuello ITA 00:55:20 DNF
Graeme Stewart GBR 00:55:41 DNF
Jose Luis Rakos ARG 00:56:15 DNF
Dejan Patrcevic CRO 00:56:18 DNF
Sergio Marques POR 00:56:22 DNF
Nicolas Pizzol FRA 00:56:25 DNF
Simon Billeau FRA 00:56:38 DNF
Jens Kaiser GER 00:59:05 DNF
Darren Jenkins AUS 01:08:59 DNF

Female Race Results

After some Ironman races where she struggled and DNF’d, Eva Wutti managed to win another race in sub-9h time. After a slow swim, she posted the fastest bike and run times and won my more than 9 minutes in front of Camilla Pedersen, also going sub-9. Susie Hignett had a great first IM race, finishing just over 9 hours in third place.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected
1 Eva Wutti AUT 01:00:42 04:41:30 03:04:02 08:49:21 -17:39
2 Camilla Pedersen DEN 00:53:35 04:49:13 03:13:02 08:58:46 -07:04
3 Susie Hignett GBR 00:58:43 04:52:10 03:09:19 09:03:32 n/a
4 Regula Rohrbach SUI 00:58:53 04:42:51 03:22:18 09:07:54 -18:17
5 Elisabeth Gruber AUT 01:02:45 04:56:28 03:13:10 09:15:35 -11:03
6 Camilla Lindholm SWE 01:12:36 04:43:04 03:20:29 09:19:37 -08:26
7 Evi Neuscheler GER 01:06:10 04:49:02 03:23:35 09:22:34 -15:16
8 Darbi Roberts USA 00:54:56 04:55:39 03:29:24 09:23:39 n/a
9 Kathrin Walther GER 01:02:37 04:53:11 03:25:28 09:25:22 -45:55
10 Monique Grossrieder SUI 01:06:18 05:00:08 03:17:00 09:27:11 -17:11
11 Lena Holmgren SWE 01:11:01 05:04:05 03:10:06 09:28:57 -34:18
12 Katharina Grohmann GER 01:14:42 04:57:19 03:13:11 09:28:59 -18:27
13 Nina Pekerman ISR 01:02:39 04:56:45 03:25:34 09:29:09 -18:47
14 Eleanor Haresign GBR 01:02:40 04:52:19 03:32:40 09:31:11 -39:14
15 Joanna Carritt GBR 01:06:15 05:03:12 03:18:21 09:31:25 -14:00
16 Emma Graaf SWE 01:02:42 05:00:44 03:31:05 09:37:57 -17:58
17 Kristin Lie NOR 01:13:58 05:01:35 03:37:30 09:56:35 12:47
18 Rahel Bellinga NED 01:05:39 05:00:02 04:14:56 10:25:15 15:13
Line Foss NOR 01:26:28 04:54:03 DNF
Anna Rovira Garrido ESP 01:16:40 05:04:58 DNF
Daniela Saemmler GER 00:58:47 DNF
Carolin Lehrieder GER 01:02:42 DNF
Vanessa Pereira POR 01:10:31 DNF

Interview with Paul Matthews on Kona 2014

October 5, 2014 by · 1 Comment
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Paul has finished three IMs so far – and his slowest was an 8:05 in his first race in Melbourne 2012. He also DNF’d in Kona that year. He had another great race in Melbourne 2014 where he finished second which gave him enough points to qualify. Will he be able to deliver a Kona performance on the same level as his previous results? It’s impossible to tell from the data – so it was great to have a long chat with Paul about his development and his perspective on this year’s race.

Thorsten: Looking at your results, the first Ironman race that I see for you was 2012. What was your background coming into the sport?

Paul: I came through the Australian junior ranks. I raced Luke McKenzie at the Junior Olympics in Australia in Penrith back in 2001. Luke won and I came 3rd. I think Emma Snowsill won the Girls’. Annabel Luxford was there. So I’ve been around the sport a long time. I did a few World Cups when I was younger. Then I went to Brett Sutton for three years. Sutto actually wanted me to do an Ironman back in 2005, and he pushed me to do the UK 70.3 in 2005. Three or four weeks before that, we’re driving home from a little race in Switzerland that I had won. He just said to me, “I’ve got a race for you that I think you’d do well at, it’s a Half Ironman over in the UK. You’re going to do it. I think you’ll go well. Just eat Mars bars on the bike and it will be sweet.” I was living with Reinaldo Colucci at that time. Reinaldo was going to do the race as well and he’d already done an Ironman and few Halfs. So every day for three weeks it was Ronaldo versus Barney, every single session. I ended up beating Ronaldo in the race and I ended up winning it.

Sutto thought I’d be good at Ironman. At that time, I was just, “No, I’m not going to ride and run that long.” But looking back and seeing what I’ve been doing now, I think it probably was the right distance. It just took me a few extra years to sort it out and finally do one.

T: If Sutto wanted you to do an Ironman in 2005, why did it take you until 2012?

P: I don’t know. In 2007 I started coming to Boulder because I just needed a change. In 2007-2008 I trained with Crowie and he said, “Once you start to go long, you’ll loose your speed and you can’t really go back.” I was very cognitive over that. I’ve been doing 2-hour runs and 2-and-a-half-hour runs with Sutto since 2003. Crowie said, “Your body will be fine. It’s in the head that Ironman is hard.” So it took me a while but eventually I decided it was time to have a crack.

T: You had a great start to your IM career in 2012 with Melbourne, you qualified for Kona, but then Kona didn’t go too well.

P: Melbourne was a cool race and everything just went so easy. Then I turned up to Kona a little naïve and I little wet behind the ears. I trained really hard for that race. I was super fit. But when you’ve got 50 of the fittest guys in the world, everyone is just going hammer and I just wasn’t ready. In Melbourne, there were maybe 10 guys that were fit. In Kona, there are 50 guys that are fit. I missed my bottle at Hawi, the heat, a lot of little things just added up. I’ve got out onto the Queen K on the run and I said to myself if I keep going and I finish, then my season is over. Or I could pull out, go to Arizona and make some money. I sat on the side of the road for about 15 minutes contemplating what I was going to do. I talked to Crowie the day after the race, he said, “No, that was a smart decision you made. You’ve got to make money. This is your job.” At that time, it was a hard decision but, in retrospect, it was the right one.

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T: You recovered well and finished second in Arizona, but still didn’t race any more Ironman races in 2013.

P: Because I already made  good points in Arizona, I wasn’t going to fly halfway around the world to go to Melbourne 2013. So I was planning to do Coeur d’Alene. I got married at the end of April, so I had all the family over here. At that time, I didn’t think it was stressful but, looking back, it was a lot more stress than I thought. It just took me months to get the body and the mind going again. I rang Crowie 6 weeks from Coeur d’Alene. I said, “I can’t go do the long 6-hour ride by myself and the long runs by myself. Mentally I just can’t do it,” and he said, “Fine. Don’t do it. Concentrate on Des Moines. Just go do some speed.” I ended up coming 4th in Des Moines. He said, “There’s no point just grinding away for nothing. Your heart has to be in Ironman.“ I could’ve turned up and, and if I got Top 8, I still would’ve qualified for Kona. But if I turn up, I’m going to have a go at winning. So I gave Kona a miss, but then we went to Kona and watched the race. I was out in the boat with Matt Lieto. Just watching it, I said to Matt last year, “If I’m here on the boat, spotting for you next year, you have permission to kick my ass.” Then I had breakfast with Crowie two days later and I said, “You’ve got to coach me because this is the race I want to win,” and he said, “Well, let’s get to work.”

T: How did your relationship with Crowie start? 

P: I’ve known Crowie since 2001. That was the first year I went to World Champs in Edmonton as a Junior and he was in the Senior team at that time. That was the first time I met him and then I raced him in Australia. Then in 2007-2008 when I came to Boulder, I was with Stephen Hackett. We did a lot of training with Crowie. The place I was staying at didn’t have any TV or internet. So every second day, I was at Crowie’s place, watching ESPN and stealing his internet. Neri [Crowie’s wife] would cook me dinner every second night. They’d go out for dinner and I’d babysit Lucy [Crowie’s oldest daughter]. Ever since then, we’ve been pretty tight. He’s won Kona three times, he’s got the course record. There’s no better guy that I would want to work with. He’s very old school and I’m still very old school with the way Sutto taught me. So it works pretty well.

T: What does being coached by Crowie mean exactly? Does he write your training plans?

P: He writes my programs, he does everything. So November, December, January, leading up to Melbourne, with him being in Australia and me being over here, he wrote a program for three to four weeks. I just do it, just did it every day. I’d send him an email once every two or three days, telling him how it’s going, and we’d Skype once a week, once a fortnight. This summer, it’s been quite cool because he was in Boulder as well. Every night the last 2 months, we’ve talked. Hillary [Paul’s wife] works for NormaTec, and she’s away a lot. So I’d always be over at Crowie, and Neri still cooks dinner for me. Neri went home a few weeks ago so Crowie has been over to our place to return the favor. The last eight weeks, we talked every night. We’ve done a lot of riding together. We meant to do a long ride tomorrow. “How are you feeling?” I said I’m tired. He said, “Okay, easy day tomorrow. We’ll go on a long ride the next day.” We’ve just changed. Leading into Kona has been very specific in terms of what we do, when we do it. He’s just tapping away in my head, telling me what I need to do in Kona to do well. Every day, he’s just drilling it into me, so I know it by heart now. I’ve certainly learned a lot. It’s not every day you have your coach actually doing the 6-hour ride with you.

T: But then he’s not just your coach. He wants to go for Kona this year too, right?

P: I’d love to win and I’d love Crowie to come 2nd. In an ideal world, that would be perfect. In Melbourne, we got to the 45k turnaround bike and someone asked, “What was it like seeing Crowie, good friend, your coach, in the second group?” I said, “It was awesome. When the gong goes, I hate the guy. I want to beat him. Seeing 3-time World Champion in the second group was awesome. I still want to beat him.“ I can tell he gets fitter every week. To be honest, we’ve done a lot of rides together but I think I’ve run with him maybe twice in the last two months. He doesn’t like doing the speed stuff anymore.

T: Based on your previous results (all of them really fast, 8:05, 8:04, 8:02), I have no idea how you’re going to do in Kona. What are your own expectations for the race?

P: I’ve done a lot of riding with Chris Leigh and we’ve joked that if I’m not going to go under 8:05, I was going to pull out. We’ve prepared my body. It’s going to be hard, it’s going to be windy. But I’m obviously not going to do 8:05.

T: Compared to Kona, Melbourne is maybe 20 minutes slower. Even an 8:25 would be very close to the front.

P: Exactly. So we’ve prepared to go the distance, whatever time it takes. That’s what you’ve got to do. We’ve done the training. If I’m smart, I think I can get a Top 5. If things go my way then, who knows? This is the fittest I’ve ever been. I’m confident, old Crowie just chirping at the back of my head. But the race plan said we know what to do. We’ve got Plan A, Plan B, Plan C. Nutrition’s dialled in, the bike’s dialled in. Everything’s good to go. So I’ve planned as best as I can. We just have to wait and see on the day now.

T: Any picture how the race is going to develop?

P: I personally think it’s going to be a lot different than last year. I don’t think Andy Potts and Frodo want to get out with Starky and the uber bikers. So I think they’re going to push the swim. I think the swim is going to be very quick. I want to be somewhere sitting on their feet.  I feel like I’m doing well and hopefully I can tag along the back. In the first 40k, everyone is sorting themselves out, a lot of surges. So even if we can only get 30 seconds on the group, then we can get clear and stay away for first 20k on the bike, that would be awesome, rather than all that to and fro-ing at the start. I’ll have a little bit of time to settle in. Starky, Marino and Sebi, they’re going to do what they’re going to do and go hard on the bike. I just have to stick to my race plan, get off the bike as fresh as I can and just get to work on the run.

I learned a lot from the race in 2012. I thought the race was over, then Andy Raelert rode past me with 30-40k to go and then ran into 2nd. I thought when I start the run so far back, we’re just fighting for 10th or 20th.

T: It sounds as if you’re going into the race with a detailed plan of how things are going to work out. You mentioned you’re hoping for something like a Top 5 or so. What do you think is realistic? What would be an over-the-moon result for you? 

P: If I get a Top 10, I’ll be happy. Top 5, I’ll be extremely happy. Top 3 would be over-the-moon. I think a few things have to go my way and I have to be smart. New guys turn up every year. No one picked Luke to come 2nd last year. Not many people are picking Freddie to win and he just turns up. He’s quiet, turns up, does the job and he came away with the win last year. Frodo could turn up and win. There’s no reason why a new guy can’t turn up and have a real crack. Hopefully it’s me. I feel like I’ve raced it and done Kona like 20 times. With the amount of stories that Crowie has told me over the last 10 months, I feel like a veteran.

T: How long will you be in Kona before the race?

P: Two and a half weeks. Crowie gets there Monday or Tuesday after the ITU long distance race in Beijing. I get there on Wednesday. We just want to get down from altitude. I’ve been up in Boulder for 3 months now. So I’ll get used to the humidity and the heat, do some rides on Queen K and run the Energy Lab. Then rest up and get ready to go.

T: Any picks you’re willing to share?

P: I think Freddie will be there about again. He just does his business quietly and he just gets the job done. I think Faris will be there about and I think Kienle will be there. I think Frodo is a dark horse. He could turn up and run at 2:35 or he could blow to smithereens. Who knows? The guy could turn up and win by 10 minutes.

On the women’s side, it’s hard to go past Rinnie. I just saw Rachel Joyce running on the treadmill, she looks good. Obviously Caroline Steffen, she’s always there. Working with Macca will be a good change from Sutto. When you’re being with the same guy for so long, it’s good to go to someone else. I think she’ll go well.  And Daniela Ryf, the way she’s going, she’s a freak.

T: Any sponsors you’d like to give a mention?

P: I’ve had support from Blue Bicycles, XTerra Wetsuits, Smith Optics, and FuelBelt. They have been good to me this year.

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