Challenge Wanaka 2012 – Details Post

Male Race Participants

Rank Name Nation Expected Time Rating Rank
1 Aaron Farlow AUS 08:41:07 08:44:24 45
2 Kieran Doe NZL 08:42:32 08:45:49 57
3 Courtney Ogden AUS 08:42:46 08:46:03 58
4 Jimmy Johnsen DNK 08:46:21 08:49:40 84
5 Keegan Williams NZL 08:48:41 08:52:01 95
6 Jamie Whyte NZL 08:54:24 08:57:46 121
7 Petr Vabrousek CZE 08:54:37 08:57:59 123
8 Leon Griffin AUS 08:58:37 09:02:00 147
9 Bryan Rhodes NZL 09:10:48 09:14:16 224
10 Marc Pschebizin GER 09:14:08 09:17:37 255
11 Scott Defilippis USA 09:22:59 09:26:32 329
12 Paul Hawkins GBR 09:24:25 09:27:58 342
13 Simon Cochrane NZL n/a unrated n/a

Female Race Participants

Rank Name Nation Expected Time Rating Rank
1 Rebekah Keat AUS 09:25:07 09:28:40 10
2 Gina Crawford NZL 09:34:19 09:37:56 29
3 Candice Hammond NZL 09:48:42 09:52:24 64
4 Britta Martin NZL 09:52:26 09:56:10 72
5 Christie Sym AUS 09:59:43 10:03:29 90
6 Nicole Ward AUS 10:01:14 10:05:01 95
7 Simone Maier GER 10:11:29 10:15:20 142
8 Jodie Scott AUS 10:37:04 10:41:05 208
9 Jo Carrel NZL 10:47:49 10:51:54 230
10 Tamsyn Hayes NZL n/a unrated n/a
11 Julia Grant NZL n/a unrated n/a

Results for Aaron Farlow (AUS)

Race Date Total Adjusted Rating Rank in Race
IM Western Australia 2011-12-04 08:34:09 08:41:36 08:44:24 5
IM Wales 2011-09-11 09:04:25 08:57:08 08:45:31 2
IM UK 2011-07-31 08:24:34 08:33:33 08:38:40 1
IM Regensburg 2010-08-01 08:39:41 08:45:28 08:45:28 6

Results for Kieran Doe (NZL)

Race Date Total Adjusted Rating Rank in Race
IM New Zealand 2010-03-06 08:34:16 08:40:18 08:45:49 3
IM Arizona 2008-11-23 09:06:25 09:12:15 08:47:57 22
IM New Zealand 2008-03-01 08:33:35 08:40:09 08:39:06 3
IM Canada 2007-08-26 08:32:45 08:33:26 08:38:39 1
Challenge Roth 2006-06-24 08:11:07 08:22:20 08:41:37 3
Challenge Roth 2005-06-24 08:50:17 09:01:32 08:54:44 15
IM New Zealand 2005-05-03 08:47:38 08:47:38 08:47:38 6

Results for Courtney Ogden (AUS)

Race Date Total Adjusted Rating Rank in Race
IM Hawaii 2011-10-15 08:38:11 08:39:49 08:46:03 16
IM Australia 2011-05-01 08:49:56 08:58:21 08:46:59 5
Challenge Wanaka 2011-01-15 09:07:25 09:09:36 08:45:15 2
IM Western Australia 2010-12-05 08:14:01 08:25:21 08:41:19 1
IM Hawaii 2010-10-09 08:42:11 08:44:04 08:44:19 25
IM Coeur d’Alene 2010-06-27 08:38:17 08:45:03 08:44:22 2
IM Australia 2010-03-28 08:35:54 08:43:40 08:44:12 3
IM Western Australia 2009-12-05 08:22:06 08:37:05 08:44:22 4
IM Canada 2009-08-30 08:44:37 08:48:46 08:47:12 3
IM Canada 2008-08-24 08:47:04 08:54:19 08:46:20 8
IM Western Australia 2007-12-01 08:19:15 08:35:55 08:40:31 7
IM Canada 2006-08-27 08:47:46 08:47:07 08:47:07 2

Results for Jimmy Johnsen (DNK)

Race Date Total Adjusted Rating Rank in Race
Challenge Wanaka 2011-01-15 09:16:45 09:18:59 08:49:40 4
IM Western Australia 2009-12-05 08:21:11 08:36:09 08:39:49 3
IM Australia 2009-04-05 08:33:43 08:36:12 08:41:01 4
IM Western Australia 2008-12-07 08:18:43 08:32:58 08:42:48 4
IM Hawaii 2007-10-13 08:55:11 08:55:23 08:47:49 25
IM UK 2007-08-19 08:40:51 08:45:45 08:43:27 3
IM Western Australia 2006-12-03 08:34:31 08:40:38 08:40:38 3

Results for Keegan Williams (NZL)

Race Date Total Adjusted Rating Rank in Race
Challenge Roth 2011-07-10 08:16:01 08:38:02 08:52:01 3
IM Brasil 2011-05-29 08:37:20 08:58:23 08:55:07 6
IM New Zealand 2011-03-05 08:49:34 08:51:07 08:54:13 4
Challenge Wanaka 2011-01-15 10:49:47 10:52:23 08:55:17 7
IM New Zealand 2010-03-06 08:40:11 08:46:17 08:55:17 4
Challenge Wanaka 2010-01-16 08:41:19 08:44:16 08:58:25 3
IM Switzerland 2009-07-12 09:00:46 09:14:53 09:05:32 14
Challenge Wanaka 2008-01-19 09:05:55 09:09:21 08:58:23 6
Challenge Wanaka 2008-01-19 08:44:08 08:47:25 08:47:25 1

Results for Jamie Whyte (NZL)

Race Date Total Adjusted Rating Rank in Race
Challenge Cairns 2011-06-05 08:35:07 08:43:23 08:57:46 4
Challenge Wanaka 2011-01-15 09:03:53 09:06:04 09:06:18 1
IM Canada 2010-08-29 08:57:48 09:06:33 09:06:33 13

Results for Petr Vabrousek (CZE)

Race Date Total Adjusted Rating Rank in Race
IM Western Australia 2011-12-04 08:35:08 08:42:36 08:57:59 6
IM Hawaii 2011-10-15 09:13:42 09:15:27 08:58:42 30
IM Texas 2011-05-21 08:37:59 08:44:18 08:57:55 9
IM St. George 2011-05-07 09:11:11 09:11:55 08:58:31 9
IM South Africa 2011-04-10 08:40:36 08:52:30 08:57:55 8
IM New Zealand 2011-03-05 08:58:30 09:00:04 08:58:10 6
Challenge Wanaka 2011-01-15 09:27:44 09:30:00 08:58:04 5
IM Cozumel 2010-11-28 08:39:52 08:50:48 08:56:35 8
IM Florida 2010-11-06 08:29:59 08:44:44 08:56:52 7
IM Hawaii 2010-10-09 08:56:26 08:58:22 08:57:27 41
IM Canada 2010-08-29 08:39:16 08:47:43 08:57:25 4
IM Lake Placid 2010-07-25 08:46:33 08:50:20 08:57:54 2
IM Brasil 2010-05-30 08:36:15 08:54:34 08:58:18 6
IM St. George 2010-05-01 09:09:43 09:05:10 08:58:30 6
Challenge Wanaka 2010-01-16 09:00:08 09:03:12 08:58:08 4
IM Western Australia 2009-12-05 08:57:08 09:13:10 08:57:52 10
IM Arizona 2009-11-22 08:37:45 08:51:47 08:57:03 10
IM Hawaii 2009-10-10 09:23:03 09:19:39 08:57:21 50
IM Wisconsin 2009-09-13 09:08:26 09:08:11 08:56:04 7
IM Lake Placid 2009-07-26 09:10:24 09:09:54 08:55:21 6
Challenge Roth 2009-07-12 08:15:03 08:35:33 08:54:28 10
IM Brasil 2009-05-31 08:37:18 08:50:33 08:55:41 3
IM South Africa 2009-04-05 08:36:07 08:47:25 08:56:01 3
Challenge Wanaka 2009-01-01 08:44:38 08:50:30 08:56:35 2
IM Arizona 2008-11-23 08:28:09 08:33:34 08:57:00 8
IM Florida 2008-11-01 08:23:00 08:41:01 08:58:36 3
IM Hawaii 2008-10-11 09:04:42 09:03:32 08:59:52 33
IM Lake Placid 2008-07-20 08:55:20 08:54:15 08:59:36 2
IM Switzerland 2008-07-13 08:53:05 09:06:26 09:00:00 6
IM Brasil 2008-05-25 08:53:58 09:04:10 08:59:28 4
IM Australia 2008-04-06 09:11:11 09:13:51 08:59:04 11
Challenge Wanaka 2008-01-19 09:09:36 09:13:03 08:57:42 7
IM Western Australia 2007-12-01 08:27:15 08:44:11 08:56:16 10
IM Florida 2007-11-03 08:53:05 09:09:31 08:57:28 21
IM Hawaii 2007-10-13 09:42:26 09:42:39 08:56:10 71
IM Louisville 2007-08-26 10:58:00 11:02:16 08:50:38 22
IM Germany 2007-07-01 08:22:31 08:35:41 08:50:38 5
IM Brasil 2007-05-27 08:40:42 08:51:47 08:52:29 6
IM Arizona 2007-04-15 08:41:59 08:44:59 08:52:34 4
IM South Africa 2007-03-18 08:48:19 08:47:09 08:53:43 4
IM Hawaii 2006-10-21 09:10:45 09:08:19 08:54:52 54
IM Lake Placid 2006-07-23 09:03:12 08:55:17 08:52:24 7
IM Arizona 2006-04-09 08:44:54 08:47:13 08:51:49 8
IM South Africa 2006-03-18 08:38:52 08:40:38 08:52:53 3
IM Western Australia 2005-11-27 08:36:05 08:38:21 08:56:32 5
IM Hawaii 2005-10-15 09:12:17 09:12:00 09:34:01 54
IM Wisconsin 2005-09-11 11:19:03 11:00:54 09:42:05 23
IM Brasil 2005-05-28 09:06:45 09:06:45 08:58:25 6
IM Arizona 2005-04-09 08:49:46 08:49:46 08:49:46 4

Results for Leon Griffin (AUS)

Race Date Total Adjusted Rating Rank in Race
IM Western Australia 2011-12-04 09:03:49 09:11:42 09:02:00 12
IM Cozumel 2009-11-29 13:30:58 13:39:18 08:39:06 16
IM Western Australia 2008-12-07 08:24:41 08:39:06 08:39:06 6

Results for Bryan Rhodes (NZL)

Race Date Total Adjusted Rating Rank in Race
IM Canada 2011-08-28 09:23:24 09:28:36 09:14:16 15
IM Lake Placid 2010-07-25 10:18:40 10:23:06 09:10:13 25
IM Hawaii 2008-10-11 08:53:35 08:52:26 08:51:18 23
IM Canada 2008-08-24 08:30:12 08:37:13 08:51:06 1
IM Florida 2007-11-03 08:26:52 08:42:30 08:54:05 3
IM UK 2007-08-19 09:36:07 09:41:33 08:56:28 23
IM Coeur d’Alene 2007-06-23 08:46:38 08:48:18 08:45:39 5
IM Hawaii 2006-10-21 08:59:13 08:56:50 08:44:52 41
IM Lake Placid 2006-07-23 09:00:18 08:52:26 08:40:58 6
IM Western Australia 2005-11-27 08:34:25 08:36:41 08:35:59 4
IM UK 2005-08-21 08:42:11 08:29:41 08:35:35 1
IM New Zealand 2005-05-03 08:42:01 08:42:01 08:42:01 3

Results for Marc Pschebizin (GER)

Race Date Total Adjusted Rating Rank in Race
Challenge Wanaka 2010-01-16 09:14:15 09:17:23 09:17:37 6
IM Hawaii 2009-10-10 09:42:43 09:39:12 09:17:40 65
IM Lanzarote 2009-05-23 09:27:24 09:24:12 09:13:05 16
IM New Zealand 2009-03-07 09:03:02 09:11:09 09:10:29 10
Challenge Wanaka 2009-01-01 08:53:36 08:59:34 09:10:17 4
Challenge Roth 2008-07-13 08:34:55 08:55:43 09:14:15 10
IM Hawaii 2007-10-13 09:13:18 09:13:30 09:23:05 41
IM France 2007-06-24 09:05:23 09:13:10 09:29:04 8
IM France 2006-06-24 09:41:32 09:50:16 09:50:16 14

Results for Scott Defilippis (USA)

Race Date Total Adjusted Rating Rank in Race
IM Florida 2011-11-05 08:27:13 08:47:57 09:26:32 8
IM France 2011-06-26 09:26:26 09:30:39 09:35:35 13
IM St. George 2011-05-07 09:58:05 09:58:53 09:36:54 15
IM Florida 2010-11-06 08:43:35 08:58:44 09:29:16 12
IM St. George 2010-05-01 09:53:07 09:48:13 09:42:24 17
IM Florida 2009-11-07 09:31:53 09:48:27 09:38:59 17
IM Louisville 2009-08-28 09:25:00 09:28:58 09:28:58 16

Results for Paul Hawkins (GBR)

Race Date Total Adjusted Rating Rank in Race
IM UK 2011-07-31 09:03:41 09:13:22 09:27:58 7
IM France 2010-06-27 14:16:23 14:38:06 09:42:36 19
IM UK 2009-08-02 09:28:35 09:25:22 09:42:36 10
IM UK 2008-09-07 10:06:40 10:04:56 11:51:07 12
IM Switzerland 2007-06-24 14:00:55 14:21:24 14:24:24 25
IM France 2006-06-24 14:15:35 14:28:25 14:28:25 23

Results for Simon Cochrane (NZL)

Race Date Total Adjusted Rating Rank in Race

Results for Rebekah Keat (AUS)

Race Date Total Adjusted Rating Rank in Race
Challenge Roth 2011-07-10 08:59:22 09:23:19 09:28:40 3
Challenge Cairns 2011-06-05 09:26:31 09:35:36 09:29:24 1
IM Western Australia 2010-12-05 09:22:37 09:35:32 09:28:27 2
IM Louisville 2010-08-29 09:33:15 09:35:53 09:27:21 1
Challenge Roth 2010-07-18 08:52:10 09:11:08 09:25:56 2
IM Australia 2010-03-28 09:33:10 09:41:48 09:28:46 2
Challenge Wanaka 2010-01-16 09:30:41 09:33:55 09:26:00 2
Challenge Roth 2009-07-12 08:39:24 09:00:55 09:24:01 2
IM Australia 2009-04-05 09:21:33 09:24:16 09:30:25 2
IM Hawaii 2008-10-11 09:56:01 09:54:44 09:32:32 17
Challenge Roth 2008-07-13 09:02:34 09:24:29 09:23:00 5
IM Hawaii 2007-10-13 09:27:19 09:27:32 09:22:00 6
IM Australia 2007-04-08 09:12:58 09:15:36 09:15:36 1

Results for Gina Crawford (NZL)

Race Date Total Adjusted Rating Rank in Race
IM Wisconsin 2010-09-12 09:27:26 09:29:52 09:37:56 1
IM St. George 2010-05-01 10:11:51 10:06:48 09:39:00 4
IM New Zealand 2010-03-06 09:28:26 09:35:06 09:35:13 2
Challenge Wanaka 2010-01-16 09:28:57 09:32:10 09:35:14 1
IM Western Australia 2009-12-05 09:16:52 09:33:29 09:35:45 1
IM New Zealand 2009-03-07 09:18:26 09:26:47 09:36:12 1
Challenge Wanaka 2009-01-01 09:28:27 09:34:48 09:37:57 1
IM Hawaii 2008-10-11 09:36:53 09:35:39 09:38:38 8
Challenge Roth 2008-07-13 08:57:18 09:19:00 09:39:23 3
IM New Zealand 2008-03-01 09:33:29 09:40:49 09:45:42 5
Challenge Wanaka 2008-01-19 09:33:46 09:37:22 09:47:35 1
IM Wisconsin 2007-09-09 09:37:03 09:36:42 09:53:41 1
IM New Zealand 2007-03-03 10:09:32 10:13:24 10:13:24 5

Results for Candice Hammond (NZL)

Race Date Total Adjusted Rating Rank in Race
Challenge Cairns 2011-06-05 09:43:03 09:52:24 09:52:24 4

Results for Britta Martin (NZL)

Race Date Total Adjusted Rating Rank in Race
IM France 2011-06-26 09:48:56 09:53:20 09:56:10 3
IM France 2010-06-27 09:40:53 09:55:37 09:57:36 4
IM New Zealand 2010-03-06 09:47:11 09:54:04 09:58:51 5
IM New Zealand 2009-03-07 09:56:18 10:05:13 10:05:13 8

Results for Christie Sym (AUS)

Race Date Total Adjusted Rating Rank in Race
Challenge Cairns 2011-06-05 09:49:09 09:58:36 10:03:29 6
Challenge Wanaka 2011-01-15 10:36:57 10:39:30 10:05:34 2
IM Canada 2010-08-29 09:41:30 09:50:57 09:44:54 5
IM Western Australia 2009-12-05 09:20:41 09:37:25 09:37:25 2

Results for Nicole Ward (AUS)

Race Date Total Adjusted Rating Rank in Race
IM Australia 2011-05-01 09:49:23 09:58:45 10:05:01 3
IM Coeur d’Alene 2010-06-27 09:56:48 10:04:36 10:06:39 6
IM New Zealand 2010-03-06 09:51:05 09:58:01 10:07:10 6
IM Hawaii 2009-10-10 10:20:46 10:17:01 10:09:56 33
IM New Zealand 2009-03-07 09:56:04 10:04:59 10:07:19 7
IM Western Australia 2008-12-07 09:43:12 09:59:52 10:08:23 5
IM Western Australia 2007-12-01 09:44:35 10:04:06 10:14:37 9
IM Australia 2007-04-08 10:24:18 10:27:17 10:27:17 12

Results for Simone Maier (GER)

Race Date Total Adjusted Rating Rank in Race
Challenge Cairns 2011-06-05 10:05:37 10:15:20 10:15:20 8

Results for Jodie Scott (AUS)

Race Date Total Adjusted Rating Rank in Race
IM Wisconsin 2010-09-12 10:41:15 10:44:00 10:41:05 10
IM New Zealand 2010-03-06 10:24:51 10:32:10 10:40:19 9
Challenge Wanaka 2010-01-16 10:15:26 10:18:55 10:42:42 4
IM Australia 2009-04-05 10:13:05 10:16:03 10:51:56 9
IM Western Australia 2008-12-07 10:22:43 10:40:30 11:08:03 10
IM Australia 2007-04-08 11:00:23 11:03:32 11:27:08 16
IM Australia 2006-05-11 11:50:29 11:47:47 11:44:50 15
IM Australia 2005-04-08 11:40:49 11:40:49 11:40:49 8

Results for Jo Carrel (NZL)

Race Date Total Adjusted Rating Rank in Race
IM New Zealand 2011-03-05 10:54:31 10:56:26 10:51:54 10
IM Wisconsin 2010-09-12 10:43:55 10:46:41 10:46:41 11

Results for Tamsyn Hayes (NZL)

Race Date Total Adjusted Rating Rank in Race

Results for Julia Grant (NZL)

Race Date Total Adjusted Rating Rank in Race

Working on a 2011 Rating Report

I’ve started to work on my end-of-season Rating Report. In addition to some of the things that I’ve already posted on this blog or stuff that has been discussed on the IMTalk podcast, there will also be some new material. As the Kona report, it will be a 10-page-or more PDF file with tons of information for the “data geeks”, looking back at the 2011 Ironman-distance season. If you haven’t done already, please subscribe to my mailing list using the form in the right-hand column and I’ll let you know when it’s available. I’m quite busy in the next week, but I plan to have it out by mid-January.

 

January 14th Update: The report is almost done, I’m at 30+ pages and have some small editing tasks left. I will publish early next week. If you want to be notified as soon as it’s available, please use the form in the right-hand column to subscribe to my mailing list!

When will Chrissie beat the male Ironman-distance World Record?

Gary Fagan asked the following question for the IM Talk podcast “end of year” show:

Based on current improvements, when will the women become faster than the men?

Let’s get a few things out of the way first: I find the wording question of world record vs. world best not very interesting – these are just word games. Also I don’t care whether the time was set in an “official” Ironman (organized  by WTC) or not (such as Challenge Roth). One reason is that most of the records were set in Roth – and I can’t see why a 1997 race (when it was an official WTC event) would count, but a 2012 (when it was run by Challenge) on pretty much the same course should not. When discussing these fast times, the issue that always comes up is that these courses are short. Unless triathlon organizations come up with a protocol for measuring  courses (which I think would be a very good idea), we won’t really know. Then again, as most records were set in Roth and that course has basically been unchanged, the old records from the 90s are comparable to the times from this year – at least the impact of the course changes do not play a major factor in the improved times.

World best times

Before discussing the question asked by Gary, let’s have a look at the data first.

Male world records

Here is how the male world record developed over the last years:

Date Athlete Course Time
July 1997 Luc van Lierde Roth 7:50:27
July 3rd 2011 Marino Vanhoenacker Austria 7:45:58
July 10th 2011 Andreas Raelert Roth 7:41:33

Not very exciting – Luc van Lierde’s record stood for quite a while – 14 years. From what I heard, it must have been a great race with quite a few people pushing the pace for the whole distance. Compared to that, Marino and Andreas were pretty much racing on their own to break the record.

Female world records

There was a bit more movement on the women’ side:

Date Athlete Course Time
July 1994 Paula Newby-Fraser Roth 8:50:53
July 13th 2008 Sandra Wallenhorst Austria 8:47:26
July 13th 2008 Yvonne van Vlercken Roth 8:45:48
July 12th 2009 Chrissie Wellington Roth 8:31:59
July 18th 2010 Chrissie Wellington Roth 8:19:13
July 10th 2011 Chrissie Wellington Roth 8:18:13

It took the females 14 years to break the old record as well, when Sandra Wallenhorst and Yvonne van Vlercken broke the record on the same day but on two different courses. (In fact, even with the slower time, Sandra completed her race before Yvonne as Sandra’s Austria start time was before Yvonne started in Roth – but Sandra had the record for less than an hour.) Since Chrissie took the record there has been a lot of improvement – it’s interesting to speculate if we are going to see some more records on the men’s side now that the old record has been broken.

Looking forward

If we want to extrapolate from these few data points, we can work with an average improvement for the women of 115 seconds per year on the women’s side (22:40 minutes in 17 years). (A little side note: The best linear approximation would give a progress of “only” 98 seconds, so the number I’ll be using is probably a best-case scenario.) If this average rate of improvement continues, it will take the women  about 19 years to catch up to current men’s record. But then the men’s record may improved as well – their improvement was at a rate of 38 seconds per year, so the women are catching up at a  rate of 77 seconds per year. Based on that, it’ll take more than 28 years to catch up to the men’s record.

Looking at these results (even putting aside all the objections one should raise when mechanically projecting progress forward), it does not look as if the women will be catching up to the men in the foreseeable future. Maybe a more interesting speculation may be when the women will be able to break 8 hours: If the rate of improvement continues, it seems feasible to go sub-8 within the next ten years. (A similar question for the men: When will they break 7:30? This is “just” another 11 1/2 minutes – but as their progress has been slower, that would take about 18 years.) This might be a good “discussion of the week” for a future IMTalk podcast

Best Ironman-distance triathlon performances in 2011

By accounting for a fast  or slow course and conditions on race day, I’m able to come up with an adjusted result that is course-independent. This way I  can compare finishing times from different courses and list the top performances of the year that is a bit more realistic than just comparing actual finishing times. Here is my list of the best performances in 2011 as discussed on the IMTalk podcast.

TOP 10 Results of 2011

Rank Name Adjusted Result Actual Result Race
1 Andreas Raelert 08:02:02 07:41:33 Challenge Roth on 2011-07-10
2 Craig Alexander 08:05:27 08:03:56 IM Hawaii on 2011-10-16
3 Marino Vanhoenacker 08:10:12 07:45:58 IM Austria on 2011-07-03
4 Pete Jacobs 08:10:43 08:09:11 IM Hawaii on 2011-10-16
5 Eneko Llanos 08:11:38 07:59:38 IM Arizona on 2011-11-19
6 Andreas Raelert 08:12:40 08:11:07 IM Hawaii on 2011-10-16
7 Paul Amey 08:13:32 08:01:29 IM Arizona on 2011-11-19
8 Eneko Llanos 08:14:17 08:08:20 IM Texas on 2011-05-21
9 Dirk Bockel 08:14:31 08:12:58 IM Hawaii on 2011-10-16
10 Timothy O’Donnell 08:15:48 08:09:50 IM Texas on 2011-05-21

TOP 10 Female Results of 2011

Rank Name Adjusted Result Actual Result Race
1 Chrissie Wellington 08:40:20 08:18:13 Challenge Roth on 2011-07-10
2 Chrissie Wellington 08:45:41 08:33:56 IM South Africa on 2011-04-10
3 Chrissie Wellington 08:56:49 08:55:08 IM Hawaii on 2011-10-16
4 Mirinda Carfrae 08:59:39 08:57:57 IM Hawaii on 2011-10-16
5 Leanda Cave 09:02:14 08:49:00 IM Arizona on 2011-11-19
6 Catriona Morrison 09:04:24 08:57:51 IM Texas on 2011-05-21
7 Leanda Cave 09:05:12 09:03:29 IM Hawaii on 2011-10-16
8 Linsey Corbin 09:07:55 08:54:33 IM Arizona on 2011-11-19
9 Mary Beth Ellis 09:08:14 09:03:13 IM Canada on 2011-08-28
10 Rachel Joyce 09:08:40 09:06:57 IM Hawaii on 2011-10-16

Analysis

Here are a few notable points:

  • The best results are still dominated by IM Hawaii.
  • Andreas Raelert probably did "too much" in Roth and didn’t have enough left for Kona (then again, his injury may have been an issue, too) – but he still had the best and 6th best performances.
  • Andreas (from Roth) and Crowie (Hawaii) way ahead of everybody else
  • Eneko Llanos also with two TOP10 performances (but didn’t deliver in Kona)
  • Chrissie totally dominating the female performances: All TOP 3 results!
  • Leanda Cave with two results in the top 10 had a breakthrough  year in 2011.

Are there any performances that you think are missing in these lists? Please let me know in the comments!

Ironman Triathlon Money List

In other sports – such as golf – the main way of ranking athletes is by the amount of prize money they make. With all the data from the qualifying races, I’ve built one for Ironman Triathlons. It is also a convenient way of putting men and women in the same list.

Overall Money List

Here are the 20 athletes – both from the men and women – that have earned the most prize money in “official”, full-distance Ironman races in the Kona 2011 qualifying cycle:

Rank Name Total Prize Money (US $)
1 Mary Beth Ellis 28.500
2 Heather Wurtele 27.500
3 Chrissie Wellington 24.000
4 Eduardo Sturla 23.500
5 Mathias Hecht 21.000
6 Amy Marsh 20.000
7 Caroline Steffen 19.500
8 Lucie Zelenkova 19.000
9 Tyler Stewart 18.500
9 Erika Csomor 18.500
11 Silvia Felt 18.000
12 TJ Tollakson 17.500
13 Yvonne Van Vlerken 17.000
14 Timo Bracht 16.500
14 Kim Loeffler 16.500
16 Jordan Rapp 16.000
16 Jan Raphael 16.000
18 Catriona Morrison 15.000
18 Eneko Llanos 15.000
18 Jackie Arendt 15.000

Obviously, this does not include money from IM Hawaii as this would seriously skew the data. Also, IM 70.3 races are not included.

Analysis

Men vs. Women

John Newsom (from the IMTalk podcast) asked if it was “easier” to make money in the sport as a woman. Here is my take on it based on the numbers:

  • There are fewer women overall on the money list than men (105 female vs. 121 male). Therefore it seems to be easier to earn some money – there were even a few races (IM Korea comes to mind) where not all price money was handed out for lack of eligible pro women in the race.
  • With the number of women in the TOP20 list above, it also seems to be easier for a woman to earn price money. I think this is mainly caused by fewer women battling for money, so you have a better chance to earn decent money when starting in a couple of races.

But can you live from it?

So it seems to be a good idea to become a Pro when you’re a women – but then I would be very surprised if the prize money from IM races is sufficient for any athlete to live from it. Especially after adding in the travel costs there won’t be too much money left. Also, every Pro athlete has to pay a pro fee to WTC (if I remember correctly 750$). It is always hard to compare athletes between different sports, but in golf the Top 99 athletes on the money list earn more than 1 million dollars – triathlon still has a long way to go before reaching that level of money!

It would be interesting to see how much money people were able to make from 70.3s, but the larger number of races is offset by the usual smaller prize money – so I’d be surprised if a significant number of athletes makes more than a few thousand dollars. Other (even long distance) races exist, maybe even paying decent prize money – but again, I don’t think that this will be a main source of income.

So how can people survive doing long course triathlons? Other than a select few top athletes, I don’t think that appearance money plays a significant role. The same is true for sponsorship money – the typical athletes will probably mostly get “paid” in free product, rather than money.

So unless you are a TOP 10 in Kona, I don’t think you can live from long course triathlon. And unless you win in Kona, I don’t think there’ll be much money left over after your career to retire from or even to live comfortably for a few years. Economically, your time will be better spent going to a decent university and getting your professional career started in a traditional “desk job”. But who wouldn’t rather train all day?

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