Ironman Whistler 2015 – Analyzing Results

Race Conditions

By all accounts, the weather in Whistler was miserable this year: Rain and low temperatures created tough conditions, and almost all athletes were cold, some even to the point of hypothermia:

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Some of the athletes that were already safe for Kona (Jeff Symonds, Liz Lyles) pulled the plug early in the race, some looking for points had to drop out on the bike while others fought all day for their finish.

After a slow bike leg (adjustment -14:46) no one was able to run fast (only two sub-3h runs for the men and 3:16 was the fastest female marathon), leading to an overall adjustment -15:45. This was even slower than the “hot race” in Coeur d’Alene (adjustment of -8:24) where the heat impacted the athletes mainly on the run.

Male Race Results

After catching up to the slightly faster swimmers, Kyle Buckingham was leading the race for most of the day. But Viktor Zyemtsev had the best run of the day, catching Kyle around the 30k mark and eventually pulling away, winning by less than a minute. Justin Daerr used the second best run of the day to finish in third place.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected Prize Money
1 Viktor Zyemtsev USA 00:53:03 04:58:32 02:54:28 08:49:46 -01:09 US$ 20000
2 Kyle Buckingham ZAF 00:48:40 04:56:18 03:01:24 08:50:30 02:16 US$ 10000
3 Justin Daerr USA 00:53:02 04:58:35 02:59:13 08:54:45 -04:15 US$ 6500
4 Derek Garcia USA 00:53:30 04:57:54 03:08:05 09:02:55 -13:55 US$ 4000
5 Chris McDonald AUS 00:53:04 04:57:37 03:14:20 09:08:45 08:08 US$ 3000
6 Nathan Killam CAN 00:54:10 05:14:14 03:02:06 09:14:34 -20:37 US$ 2000
7 Matthew Russell USA 00:59:14 05:10:54 03:06:47 09:22:39 16:05 US$ 1500
8 Swen Sundberg GER 00:53:07 05:07:04 03:20:49 09:25:10 20:01 US$ 1250
9 Travis Hawkins USA 01:02:05 05:26:03 03:18:48 09:52:59 n/a US$ 1000
10 Gray Skinner USA 01:01:44 05:10:47 03:36:05 09:53:17 n/a US$ 750
11 Elmar Heger GER 00:56:54 05:16:02 03:40:02 09:59:10 -41:25  
12 Matthew Sheeks USA 01:03:15 05:36:28 10:10:41 10:10:41 36:59  
  Barrett Brandon USA 00:48:22     DNF  
  Luke Bell AUS 00:48:27     DNF  
  Paul Ambrose GBR 00:51:48     DNF  
  Jeff Symonds CAN 00:51:53     DNF  
  Chad Holderbaum USA 00:53:10     DNF  
  Dougal Allan NZL 00:59:12     DNF  
  Jason Watson USA 01:01:05     DNF  

Both Viktor and Kyle scored enough KPR points to move into the Top 40 July spots. Barrett Brandon, Luke Bell and Paul Ambrose DNF’d on the bike and couldn’t improve their score. Luke ends up in #41 in the rankings and is either the first not to qualify or the first one receiving a roll-down slot.

Female Race Results

Melanie McQuaid picked tough conditions for her IM debut race. She stormed to the front early in the bike, and built a five-minute lead into T2 that was stable for most of the run. But after 30k Danielle Mack was quickly coming closer, took the lead around 40k and won by two minutes. Melanie finished second, while Jen Annett had the best run of the day to put herself into third place.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected Prize Money
1 Danielle Mack USA 01:01:49 05:23:53 03:16:09 09:46:19 -15:25 US$ 20000
2 Melanie McQuaid CAN 00:57:47 05:22:43 03:23:44 09:48:23 n/a US$ 10000
3 Jen Annett CAN 01:02:01 05:32:14 03:16:03 09:55:06 -43:43 US$ 6500
4 Mackenzie Madison USA 00:58:17 05:33:05 03:23:54 09:59:34 -03:56 US$ 4000
5 Jessica Fleming AUS 01:01:09 05:25:02 03:30:11 10:00:18 -04:06 US$ 3000
6 Jessie Donavan USA 01:05:09 05:25:55 03:29:55 10:04:40 08:06 US$ 2000
7 Cheryl Orlovsky CAN 01:06:42 05:38:35 03:16:57 10:07:07 n/a US$ 1500
8 Kelly Fillnow USA 01:05:47 05:44:07 03:16:08 10:11:17 -17:06 US$ 1250
9 Laurel Wassner USA 00:54:12 05:49:16 03:23:36 10:12:52 16:46 US$ 1000
10 Caitlin Snow USA 00:57:59 05:54:24 03:20:20 10:17:42 30:39 US$ 750
11 Tracy Douglas AUS 01:06:51 05:45:21 03:34:29 10:32:01 09:28  
  Karen Thibodeau CAN 00:54:09     DNF  
  Elizabeth Lyles USA 00:57:55     DNF  
  Richele Frank CAN 01:11:58     DNF  

Both Laurel Wassner and Cait Snow had a chance for a July slot. They struggled in the cold conditions, but still finished – even if their 9th and 10th place finishes were short of the podium finished they would have needed.

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