IM Texas 2012 – Analyzing Results

Race Conditions

The conditions in Texas were a lot better than in Lanzarote: It might have been hot, but the adjustment of 14:12 still allowed for some fast times. The male course record (8:08 by Eneko Llanos) was in danger, but held when Mathias Hecht faded on the run, and the old women’s record ( 8:57 by Cat Morrison) was beaten.

Male Results

Jordan Rapp raced a smart race and managed to win with a fantastic marathon time:

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Actual Time Expected Time
1 Jordan Rapp USA 00:53:36 04:25:43 02:46:55 08:10:44 08:17:27
2 Justin Daerr USA 00:55:27 04:33:51 02:48:33 08:22:15 08:37:38
3 Mathias Hecht SWI 00:48:54 04:18:17 03:11:29 08:22:58 08:28:07
4 Jozsef Major HUN 00:59:16 04:24:54 02:57:30 08:27:19 08:34:26
5 Brandon Marsh USA 00:48:48 04:35:39 03:01:02 08:30:18 08:53:49
6 Joe Umphenour 00:48:48 04:40:21 03:01:46 08:36:19 08:35:11
7 Rasmus Henning DNK 00:48:55 04:30:55 03:13:36 08:37:23 08:14:29
8 Christian Brader GER 00:59:19 04:33:32 03:01:53 08:39:07 08:47:04
9 Matthew Russell USA 01:04:47 04:39:52 02:53:25 08:42:50 08:52:51
10 Pedro Gomez POR 00:53:31 04:38:48 03:07:54 08:44:53 08:35:15
11 Jonathan Shearon 00:56:55 04:34:20 03:10:12 08:46:37 n/a
12 Mike Schifferle SWI 01:02:52 04:41:43 03:00:06 08:51:57 09:00:04
13 Jim Lamastra 00:53:31 04:45:43 03:11:34 08:55:20 n/a
14 Balazs Csoke HUN 00:48:50 04:36:27 03:38:48 09:09:02 08:53:49
15 Sergio Quezada MEX 00:53:29 05:02:54 03:33:29 09:36:26 09:57:54
16 Anthony Toth CAN 00:59:31 04:47:19 03:53:55 09:46:40 09:15:41

Jordan has recovered really well from his horrific bike accident, and seems to be on his way to become a serious Kona contender (once he decides to focus on Kona). Bike leader Mathias Hecht struggled on the run, and was also overtaken by Justin Daerr who snatched his third IM podium in a row (after Louisville and Florida 2011). Pre-race favorite Rasmus Henning also had problems on the run (although I didn’t hear any reports about the cause of his problems) and faded to a 7th place. However, he should already have enough Kona points to be able to qualify, so it’ll be interesting to see if he can perform better on the big island.

Female Results

On the women’s side, Mary Beth Ellis added another IM win to her resume:

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Actual Time Expected Time
1 Mary Beth Ellis USA 00:53:32 04:45:52 03:11:09 08:54:58 09:06:37
2 Caitlin Snow USA 00:55:32 05:08:54 02:51:46 09:01:32 09:27:47
3 Amy Marsh USA 00:53:33 04:45:51 03:20:13 09:04:00 09:15:54
4 Corinne Abraham 01:04:06 05:08:21 03:01:50 09:18:39 09:33:27
5 Charisa Wernick USA 00:59:11 05:07:33 03:16:28 09:27:43 09:56:18
6 Sarah Piampiano 01:03:13 05:09:00 03:30:18 09:47:38 09:56:52
7 Christie Sym AUS 00:59:09 04:58:48 03:53:01 09:55:56 09:47:15
8 Caroline Gregory USA 01:02:55 05:29:01 03:31:32 10:07:47 09:52:34
9 Jackie Pearce 01:11:33 05:15:30 03:36:28 10:09:39 n/a
10 Tami Ritchie 00:53:33 05:48:25 03:42:19 10:30:05 10:24:56
11 Sandra Soldan 00:53:37 05:37:23 04:04:15 10:42:06 n/a

Apparently, Mary Beth has planned her season so she can perform better in Kona – last year she had to win three summer IMs in order to qualify, this year she should already have enough points. Amy Marsh was leading the race with Mary Beth until after the bike and held on for third place. (The Marsh couple scored a 5th and a 3rd – not quite as good as the Bayliss’s 2nd and 2nd in Lanzarote.) Amy was overtaken by Caitlin Snow who posted a fantastic 2:51 marathon (good for third best overall run split). There seems to be some weird race for the slowest bike split within a sub-9h total race: Rinnie went 5:07:38 on the bike in Melbourne (but finished 9:04), now Caitlin went 5:08:54 (for a total 9:01). They both missed going sub-9h, so that “honor” still belongs to Chrissie Wellington who went 5:05:02 en route to a 8:57 in Australia 2009. (For the men, I have a 5:17:57 by Gerrit Schellens in Lanzarote 2005 – he finished 8:59:26.)

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