Ironman Burnout

Not knowing when to take a rest from Ironman training can lead to Ironman burnout and have an adverse effect on your race results.

For many, reaching the Ironman finish line just once is their main objective and often Ironman burnout prevents them from getting there.

There’s no doubt that becoming an Ironman is worthy goal because it makes you a member of a very special family.

More and more novice Ironmen are taking up the Ironman challenge. A very small segment of the world population that will ever experience what it’s like to cross the Ironman finish line.

There are those who return year after year to take on yet another Ironman. It becomes a constant cycle of training, dieting, racing and sacrificing all else to relive the magic of crossing the finish line. Often this leads to over extending oneself physically and Ironman burnout is the result.

ONE IRONMAN TOO MANY

I know from experience what a heavy toll racing year after year can take on your body and also the family, career and social aspects of your life.

Ironman burnout

Sometimes you need a break from racing

Its important to consider how year after year of tackling the Ironman can impact your life and the life of those around you.

At one stretch I raced in the Ironman for nine years in a row. It seemed that after reaching the finish line for the first time the next one presented a new set of challenges.

With the growing amount of Ironman races around the world it’s become the norm for some triathletes to take on the Ironman challenge 3 or 4 times a year.

In Ironman Los Cabos there was one guy in the race who finished this 164th Ironman. You might say he has the Ironman bug.

When I think back to when I trained all year for one race. I might just as well have raced 6 or 8 Ironman’s a year because I was constantly in a state of training or racing anyway.

These always seemed to be new challenges in the Ironman. To swim faster, run the marathon without stopping, achieve a personal best overall time, or even place in your age group and go to Kona.

IRONMAN DIMINISHING RETURNS

The problem is your body never totally recovers and it could mean that you will never realize your full potential. It gets to the point that you are just going through the motions and doing just enough to get to the finish line.

The point of diminishing returns is often reached and you stop improving from pushing too hard.

Like many, I believed that the more I raced and the more I trained, the more experience I would have and the faster I would go.

That was true for a few years, but then I started to slide backwards. Regardless of how much I trained or how long I prepared for a race, I just couldn’t improve. My times began to get slower.

Looking back I believe it was Ironman burnout brought on by years and years of constant training with insufficient rest. In my last few races I reverted back to where I started in the very beginning of my career.

I eventually gave up on trying to improve my Ironman time and just went into the races to experience the high of being part of such a great event.

It would not surprise me if this pretty well describes the triathlete who finished his 164th Ironman.

TAKE AN IRONMAN BREAK

In my case, the constant training had taken away the competitive edge that drove me in the early years of my career. Probably all I had to do was take some time off from intense training and I would have remained competitive for years.

Consider taking a year off from Ironman and “then” coming back.

I really believe that if you are planning a long Ironman career it might beneficial to take a complete year off after you’ve competed in 3 or 4 Ironman races.

This will let your body fully recover and will also give you time to get back in touch with the other aspects of your life. Take some time for all those things that were put on the back-burner while you pursued your Ironman goals.

It doesn’t necessarily mean letting yourself fall completely out of shape. There’s no reason that you can’t stay fit and compete in shorter races. Run some 10K races, Olympic distance tri’s or maybe plan one marathon a year.

Go for nice relaxing swims and go for easy bike rides in the country. Don’t worry about times and splits and training schedules. Stay physically active 3 or 4 days a week to maintain your fitness, but make it enjoyable and easy.

When you resume Ironman training after giving yourself a long break you’ll be completely rejuvenated. You should have no problem settling back into your Ironman training program.

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Kenyan runners

Reasons why Kenyan runners are among the top runners in the world.

Intense training and attention to nutrition would probably be right near the top of what makes Kenyan runners so amazing..

From the very first time I ever saw the Kenyans run in the Olympic Games I became a big fan.

The Kenyan runners are amazing and regardless of race distance they always seem to be near the top when the dust settles.

Road races, track meets, cross-country, or the Olympics–it simply does not matter–Kenyan runners are proficient at all types of running and at any distance the race happens to be.

It’s almost as if they have an endless supply of speed and their endurance is remarkable.

There are many differing opinions on why the Kenyans have such a gift for running. Some say that it’s because they grew up at a high altitude and as a result have highly-developed lung power.
Kenyans runners

Some say it’s because Kenyan runners have been genetically gifted with the ideal body structure for running.

There are even some who say it’s because they had to run ten miles to school every day. Most Kenyans have a good laugh at that one. They claim the only running they ever did for school was when the bell rang for class to start.

Despite all the guess-work Kenyans success at endurance running might be explained simply by their dedication to training and proclivity for hard work.

INTENSE TRAINING

I once read this quote from an Olympic athlete.

when you take too many days off from training, someone–somewhere in the world will be training and on the big day when you meet up with him, you will lose to him.

Maybe that’s what the Kenyans think because their training regimen is nothing short of legendary.

However there is also a danger that by taking the message of that quote to heart. The average runner will train too much and ignore the necessity for proper rest and recovery time. This does not seem to be the case for Kenyan runners.

female Kenyan runners

It seems to make sense that in order to run at the level they do, Kenyan runners must be able to withstand an incredible amount of stress on their bodies.

It’s not unusual at all for Kenyan runners to have three training sessions per day if they are preparing for a special race. Even in the most serious marathon circles in North America that type of training is unheard of.

I believe that’s because they have endurance running backgrounds that were ingrained at a very young age. Their bodies have grown accustomed to the rigors and pounding of hours and hours of running per day.

KENYAN ENDURANCE RUNNING DIET

It doesn’t matter what country one is from or how accomplished a runner one happens to be, a sound diet is an essential component to success.

The Kenyans seem to have that figured out and their spartan and simple diet does wonders for fueling them and propelling them to the top of the running world.

Something important to consider is that even from their youth, they ate adequate calories to fuel their love for running.

Proper nutrition to increase endurance and sustain stamina and aid recovery became ingrained into their eating habits at a very young age. They did not have fast food joints at every crossroads in the village to tempt them.

For many North Americans, a good running diet is something they might adopt when they decide to take up the sport later in life. It’s seldom eating habits they grew up with.

SOME KENYAN RUNNER DIET TIPS

The Kenyans are not big fans of most Western food. If they are based out of the United States, most Kenyans might indulge themselves to some fast food once a month. As one Kenyan champion stated, “a little unhealthy food once in a while is not a bad thing.”

They avoid packaged and processed food like the plague. The same goes for sweet snack foods. The in-between-meals snack of choice is fresh fruit.

As a rule the Kenyans eat two meals (lunch and dinner) daily and if they are running three times a day will have a light breakfast as well. That light breakfast might be bread and butter or perhaps a couple of boiled eggs.

ugali for Kenyan runners

Ugali is a Kenyan staple and a favorite food of Kenyan runners.


If they are having just two main meals, breakfast is nothing more than tea with lots of milk and sugar before and after their first workout of the day. They may also have some fruit to settle their stomachs.

A typical lunch might consist of a few pieces of chicken and rice or potatoes topped with other vegetables. If they are running twice a day this meal(lunch)would be after the first run.

Note how carbohydrate-rich this lunch is. What this does is replenish their glycogen stores and prepare them for the second run later in the day.

CARBOHYDRATES A KEY INGREDIENT

It appears that most Kenyans include about 60% carbohydrates in their calorie intake per day and avoid added fats as much as possible.

This differs greatly from the 40-30-30(carbohydrate, fat, protein)Sears diet that is widely accepted by many endurance athletes in North America.

Dinner is eaten after the final run of the day and normally it’s a late dinner by North American standards. Possibly this is because they seldom have a big breakfast. At least that’s my best guess.

A large meal before an endurance training session or race can make a runner feel pretty uncomfortable. It gives your body little time to process the calories so that they will do any good.

The preferred dinner main course for a Kenyan runner is a traditional Kenyan dish called “ugali”. It’s actually a thick cornmeal porridge for lack of a better description.

As a rule they eat it almost every day and the rest of their dinner is sort of built around the ugali. Apparently it’s pretty tasteless, but at the same time is very carbohydrate rich.

Ugali might not sound so great to North Americans, but Kenyan runners love it and it’s hard to argue with their success.

Want to know more? Here’s an UGALI RECIPE for you.

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Ironman 70.3 Peru results 2017

Strong USA representation in race for podium spots in Ironman 70.3 Peru results 2017.

Several top American pros made the trip to Peru to take on a very competitive international field.

For the pro men Andy Potts and Patrick Evoe were likely favored to be on or near the podium when the dust settled.

MALE PRO START LIST

Arias, Jorge
Barraza, Felipe
Baucco, Aj
Carrillo Avila, Alan
Chase, Nicholas
Chavez, Alejandro
Chikin, Alexander
Daerr, Justin
Evoe, Patrick
Ferreira, Caio
Guete, David
Hancock, Tim
Hayes, Stuart
Killam, Nathan
Marmol, Giovanny
Potts, Andy
Rana, Ivan
Rivera Cabrera, Roberto
Tejada, Raul
Thomas, Jesse
Toldi, Fernando
Van De Wyngard, Felipe
Vasquez, Diego

Andy Potts of the USA led a group of five male pros out of the water. Just nine seconds separated all five as they entered transition one.

One the dust settled after the 90k bike It was American Andy Potts with a slim lead over Jesse Thomas. Felipe Barraza ad Felipe Van De Wyngard of Chile were also in the mix for podium finishes.

PRO MEN SWIM AND BIKE TIMES

Potts, Andy     	00:23:21 02:03:58
Thomas, Jesse     	00:24:41 02:02:28
Barraza, Felipe 	00:23:22 02:04:04
Van De Wyngard, Felipe 	00:23:24 02:03:57
Toldi, Fernando 	00:24:07 02:07:33
Killam, Nathan    	00:25:45 02:05:48
Tejada, Raul      	00:26:18 02:08:24
Daerr, Justin     	00:24:51 02:11:27
Carrillo Avila, Alan 	00:27:00 02:12:07
Hayes, Stuart    	00:23:25 02:14:15
Guete, David     	00:24:49 02:14:10
Rana, Ivan       	00:23:30 02:16:02
Chase, Nicholas 	00:25:42 02:12:28
Chikin, Alexander 	00:27:17 02:11:55
Ferreira, Caio    	00:27:11 02:11:58
Rivera Cabrera,Roberto 	00:24:46 02:14:51
Hancock, Tim    	00:26:56 02:18:46
Arias, Jorge    	00:24:44 02:21:23
Marmol, Giovanny 	00:27:13 02:22:09
Chavez, Alejandro 	00:26:59 02:36:12

There was no catching Andy Potts and he earns top spot on the podium in the Ironman 70.3 Peru results 2017 with a winning time of 3:44:53.

MALE PRO FINISH TIMES

Potts, Andy     	03:44:53
Thomas, Jesse    	03:45:21
Van De Wyngard, Felipe 	03:48:47
Barraza, Felipe 	03:51:16
Tejada, Raul     	03:52:38
Toldi, Fernando 	03:54:21
Killam, Nathan  	03:55:05
Daerr, Justin   	03:58:36
Carrillo Avila, Alan 	04:00:50
Rana, Ivan      	04:01:28
Chikin, Alexander 	04:04:18

As the gun sounded to begin the race it appeared that only Leanda Cave of Great Britain could prevent a podium sweep by USA female pros.

FEMALE PRO START LIST

Cameto, Sarah
Cave, Leanda
Corbin, Linsey
Jackson, Heather
Piampiano, Sarah
Tastets, Pamela
Valentine, Nicole

Leanda Cave of Great Britain began her day with a 26:13 swim. It gave her a lead of 43 seconds over USA’s Heather Jackson who was second. Linsey Corbin also of the USA was another minute farther back in third place as the bike leg began.

Heather Jackson posted the second fastest bike split of the day. It was enough to give her the lead over fellow American Sarah Piampiano as the 21k run began.

FEMALE PRO SWIM AND BIKE TIMES

Jackson, Heather 	00:26:56 02:17:26
Piampiano, Sarah 	00:30:55 02:16:48
Corbin, Linsey   	00:27:50 02:21:42
Cave, Leanda     	00:26:13 02:23:45
Cameto, Sarah    	00:28:33 02:23:41
Valentine, Nicole 	00:28:29 02:27:53
Tastets, Pamela 	00:27:58 02:36:11

With 5k to run it was Heather Jackson still in the lead for the pro women.

She held onto her lead and won the race with a time of 4:12:41. Sarah Piampiano was second and Linsey Corbin third to complete the USA sweep of the podium.

These results originated on Ironman.com. Be sure to visit them for complete race results and info on upcoming WTC events.

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Ironman Texas results 2017

Top international pros race for podium in Ironman Texas results 2017

Ironman Texas 2017 was billed as the Ironman North American Championship. As expected it drew an excellent field of pros from around the world.

The winners of Ironman Texas 2016 were Patrick Lange and Julia Gajer. Severe weather plagued the 2016 race and the decision was made to shorten the 112-mile bike course to 94 miles.

The Ironman Texas results 2017 would see new champions crowned as neither of the 2016 winners were entered for the 2017 edition of the race.

MALE PRO START LIST

Ambrose, Paul
Butterfield, Tyler
Capparell, James
Clarke, Will
Costes, Antony
Danielsson, Karl-Johan
Delsaut, Trevor
Diederen, Bas
Duelsen, Marc
Fontana, Daniel
Gordon, Adam
Griffin, Leon
Hanson, Matt
Kilshaw, Stephen
Kotland, Peter
Kotsegarov, Kirill
Laughery, Colin
Matthews, Paul
Mika, Tomas
Millward, Callum
Modic, Matic
Nichols, Tim
Plese, David
Rapp, Jordan
Russell, Matthew
Schildknecht, Ronnie
Schuster, Patrick
Shanks, Matthew
Shearon, Jonathan
Shoemaker, Jarrod
Skipper, Joe
Souza, Frank
Starykowicz, Andrew
Tutukin, Ivan
Wiltshire, Harry

James Chapparell of the USA and Harry Whilshire of Great Britain were the only two male pros to finish the swim in under 49 minutes. They posted times of 48:56 and 48:57 respectively. They were followed closely by a chase pack of about ten who came in under the 50 minute mark.

As expected it was Andrew Starykowicc posting the fastest 112-mile bike split with a other-worldly time of 4:01:14. The only one to come within 10 minutes of him was Kirill Kotsegarov of Estonia.

Ultimately what was most important to the winner was to record three solid splits and that’s what Matt Hanson of the USA did on his way to top spot on the podium in the Ironman Texas results 2017.

Hanson stayed within two minutes of the leader in the swim, was always within striking distance in the bike, and then posted the second fastest time marathon of the day to take the victory with a time or 7:52:44.

MALE PRO FINISH TIMES

Hanson, Matt     	00:51:46 04:13:53 02:42:07 07:52:44
Schildknecht, Ronnie 	00:53:34 04:14:40 02:43:28 07:56:21
Butterfield, Tyler 	00:49:08 04:15:20 02:49:00 07:58:29
Clarke, Will     	00:49:16 04:22:30 02:42:01 07:59:02
Kotsegarov, Kirill 	00:54:56 04:11:16 02:48:00 07:59:32
Russell, Matthew 	00:54:49 04:13:43 02:47:57 08:01:35
Griffin, Leon     	00:49:18 04:19:25 02:49:16 08:04:04
Plese, David     	00:55:14 04:13:29 02:51:05 08:05:08
Millward, Callum 	00:49:35 04:18:56 02:53:24 08:07:13
Duelsen, Marc     	00:49:32 04:23:49 02:54:53 08:13:14
Fontana, Daniel 	00:49:09 04:23:49 02:54:53 08:13:14
Diederen, Bas     	00:49:03 04:18:04 03:01:38 08:14:31
Kilshaw, Stephen 	00:55:13 04:20:24 02:55:53 08:16:08
Shearon, Jonathan 	00:55:20 04:23:53 02:56:09 08:21:30
Laughery, Colin 	00:54:35 04:28:49 03:07:51 08:37:52
Shoemaker, Jarrod 	00:49:01 04:44:46 03:01:16 08:40:21
Capparell, James 	00:48:56 04:29:50 03:16:09 08:41:10
Gordon, Adam      	00:56:50 04:32:50 03:07:57 08:42:41
Starykowicz, Andrew 	00:49:15 04:01:14 03:58:07 08:54:45
Shanks, Matthew         01:00:44 04:56:05 03:04:45 09:07:30
Mika, Tomas       	00:54:36 05:02:06 03:06:27 09:09:25
Kotland, Peter     	01:00:44 04:42:56 03:20:50 09:12:35
Costes, Antony     	00:49:10 04:14:37 04:08:31 09:17:17
Schuster, Patrick 	01:06:38 04:39:25 03:28:28 09:22:39
Nichols, Tim      	01:14:08 05:05:40 04:28:34 11:01:08

There really didn’t appear to be a clear favorite for the pro women and a close finish would seem more likely as the gun sounded to begin the 2.4-mile swim.

FEMALE PRO START LIST

Brandon, Lauren
Deckers, Tine
Elmore, Malindi
Ferreira, Amber
Finger, Annett
Green, Erin
Herlbauer, Michaela
Jones Meyers, Jessica
Kaye, Alicia
Li, Shiao-Yu
Livesey, Caroline
Luse, Nicole
McCauley, Jocelyn
Miller, Leslie
Paulson, Ashley
Roberts, Darbi
Robertson, Jodie
Sanjana, Francesca
Schaerer, Celine
Stage-Nielsen, Maja
Williamson, Kelly

Lauren Brandon was by far the fastest in the swim with her clocking of 48:52. It gave her a four minute lead over her closest pursuers as she entered transition one.

This race was actually won on the bike course when Jodie Robertson posted a bike split of 4:43:45 and a marathon split of 3:03:41. Her bike time was fastest of the day by about four minutes and her marathon split was second fastest.

It was more than enough to propel her across the finish line first it the Ironman Texas results 2014 with a winning time of 8:56:32.

FEMALE PRO FINISH TIMES

Robertson, Jodie 	01:02:31 04:43:45 03:03:41 08:56:32
Herlbauer, Michaela 	00:57:57 04:53:47 03:02:27 08:59:31
Stage-Nielsen, Maja 	01:01:02 04:47:31 03:07:45 09:01:00
Kaye, Alicia     	00:52:52 04:55:34 03:11:00 09:04:40
Deckers, Tine     	01:00:35 04:47:55 03:12:24 09:06:08
Brandon, Lauren 	00:48:52 04:53:03 03:19:25 09:06:25
Williamson, Kelly 	00:55:41 05:13:40 02:56:30 09:11:19
Elmore, Malindi 	01:07:54 04:59:15 02:59:10 09:11:34
Miller, Leslie    	00:59:25 05:01:34 03:07:08 09:13:22
Livesey, Caroline 	01:01:21 04:52:21 03:19:12 09:18:33
Schaerer, Celine 	00:52:55 05:08:12 03:19:02 09:25:34
McCauley, Jocelyn 	00:57:40 05:11:48 03:12:40 09:27:42
Finger, Annett    	01:02:34 04:58:43 03:27:42 09:33:48
Roberts, Darbi     	00:55:32 05:05:26 03:36:27 09:43:43
Green, Erin       	01:03:56 05:10:13 03:27:11 09:48:40
Luse, Nicole       	01:14:35 05:09:54 03:18:24 09:49:00
Li, Shiao-Yu       	01:08:04 05:30:23 03:40:42 10:25:44

Top age-group and PC finishers in Ironman Texas results 2017

PC Category

Troccoli, Tony   	01:55:48 06:41:38 05:16:58 14:18:00	
Velazquez, Marcos 	01:44:36 06:27:29 06:02:25 14:47:51
Vos, Jon         	01:31:35 06:05:46 07:05:01 15:07:45
Lacey, Scott     	01:31:33 06:05:50 07:05:01 15:07:45
Hosler, Justin   	01:07:52 06:21:28 08:15:55 15:59:17	
Hubert, Jarrett 	02:21:33 07:05:31 06:31:51 DNF
Kuhn, David      	02:21:31 07:05:31 06:31:51 DNF

FEMALE 18-24

Shah, Juhi      	01:34:46 05:37:55 04:13:21 11:36:57
Thomas, Emily    	01:36:27 06:28:57 04:13:13 12:35:32
Paschall, Amy     	01:15:24 06:48:02 05:30:48 13:53:38
Ward, Nely       	01:38:59 06:47:51 05:15:30 14:01:36
Shaw, Julie      	01:12:58 07:19:15 06:07:39 14:53:07
Bucher, Renata    	01:34:55 06:53:14 05:58:45 15:54:50

MALE 18-24

Marcantonio, Nicholas 	01:04:31 04:44:13 03:00:32 08:57:50
Hollander, Spencer 	01:15:28 05:20:38 03:24:42 10:11:51
Love, Luke      	01:13:32 05:12:53 03:47:18 10:22:26
Bravo Duenas, 
Roman Ismael     	01:27:18 05:12:50 03:55:25 10:56:13
Barry, Connor    	01:10:48 05:32:12 04:10:21 11:03:37
Wicks, Kyle      	00:55:29 05:32:30 04:34:07 11:12:10
Wallis, William 	00:59:20 05:58:36 04:24:51 11:42:33
Walin, Austin    	01:07:15 06:18:13 04:29:37 12:02:48

FEMALE 25-29

Maheu, Audrey   	01:17:59 05:07:11 03:23:44 09:56:08
Gilbert, Victoria 	01:06:41 05:28:16 03:30:27 10:11:36
James, Elizabeth 	01:19:37 05:39:40 03:38:15 10:44:51
Plunkett, Adele 	01:18:54 05:31:12 03:53:33 10:53:02
Osterberg, Karah 	01:06:37 05:48:27 03:54:29 10:59:27
Edwards, Sarah   	01:09:39 05:41:47 04:04:44 11:03:05
Norman, Mackenzie 	01:16:22 05:43:55 04:02:34 11:15:29
Anderson, Jessica 	01:26:17 05:36:19 04:09:17 11:24:11

MALE 25-29

Snapp, Ryan      	01:05:26 04:50:49 02:45:28 08:50:55
Miller, James    	01:13:31 04:59:41 03:06:05 09:25:23
Mcpeek-Bechtold, Nolan 	01:08:15 05:02:23 03:18:49 09:36:31
Zeller, Bobby    	01:22:38 05:14:40 02:56:46 09:40:09
Sukolsky, Todd   	00:58:39 05:18:22 03:23:36 09:46:02
Winbrock, Brendan 	01:10:40 04:55:44 03:57:46 10:11:36
Vajda, Viktor   	01:28:49 05:27:59 03:23:32 10:33:56
Wisniewski, Jay 	01:17:24 05:30:18 03:44:44 10:45:37

FEMALE 30-34

Ritchie, Tami    	00:54:58 05:23:38 03:13:32 09:39:57
Howell, Ginger     	01:01:19 05:24:01 03:33:45 10:06:04
Fillnow, Meghan 	01:10:17 05:30:13 03:23:19 10:11:31
Vertiz, Tatiana 	01:04:34 05:31:42 03:32:26 10:15:15
Rojas Moya, Williana 	01:37:42 05:16:42 03:23:31 10:26:15
Allen, Alicia     	01:04:18 05:35:12 03:41:58 10:29:25
Wilkinson, Maranda 	01:22:44 05:31:00 03:28:21 10:30:46
Heneghan, Michelle 	01:12:46 05:46:45 03:31:11 10:40:14

MALE 30-34

Emge, Clay      	00:58:27 04:33:43 02:51:57 08:30:24
Giuliano, Ryan    	00:59:21 04:35:11 02:56:14 08:36:35
De Korver, Derk 	01:05:15 04:42:48 03:01:01 08:54:59
Grala, Nicholas 	01:06:42 04:44:26 02:59:38 08:57:00
Arce Diaz, Pablo 	01:05:23 04:44:45 03:06:28 09:04:30
Collins, Keith     	01:03:06 04:46:54 03:16:35 09:11:58
Uspenskyy, Anatoliy 	00:57:51 04:51:40 03:16:26 09:15:25
Herrick, Justin 	00:57:45 05:02:15 03:16:47 09:23:02

FEMALE 35-39

Lanter, Emily     	01:09:57 05:08:04 03:22:41 09:47:37
Richtrova, Jana 	01:16:30 04:58:53 03:27:40 09:49:46
Koivula-Huttunen,Venla 	01:05:28 05:07:41 03:37:15 09:57:34
Kratz, Emily     	01:12:08 05:22:43 03:18:20 10:00:00
Heidrich, Carrie 	01:08:09 05:30:20 03:28:42 10:14:53
Cherry, Sara      	01:05:27 05:36:04 03:35:42 10:26:11
Naranjo, Ana Maria 	01:09:43 05:41:22 03:27:06 10:27:41
Torres, Martha    	01:13:22 05:31:24 03:39:09 10:30:00

MALE 35-39

Buttrick, Nathan 	01:05:11 04:32:50 03:07:19 08:51:44
Valencia, Juan    	00:54:52 04:45:17 03:06:14 08:53:39
Brown, Nicholas 	00:58:57 04:48:52 03:01:52 08:55:59
Lindquist, Gregory 	01:03:04 04:44:16 03:14:35 09:08:41
Loehr, Brendan    	01:06:21 04:37:39 03:21:22 09:11:49
Doronin, Victor 	01:12:58 04:53:32 03:00:01 09:15:31
Lopes, Marcos 
Felipe Mendes     	01:04:05 04:50:39 03:14:38 09:16:59
Stalder, Cyril    	01:05:12 04:54:37 03:10:23 09:17:02

FEMALE 40-44

Ruttenberg, Noga 	01:06:55 05:24:01 03:38:27 10:17:27
Beckendorf, Kristina 	01:21:12 05:18:55 03:32:45 10:22:22
Mader, Wendy    	01:00:04 05:27:46 03:49:35 10:25:07
Wenster, Alison 	01:11:57 05:24:10 03:48:01 10:30:32
Gregg, Karla     	01:23:31 05:20:24 03:45:03 10:38:06
Bullard, Dana     	01:18:35 05:35:27 03:38:51 10:41:06
Cardoze, Cristina 	01:23:28 05:28:43 03:44:58 10:45:54
Baden, Heather    	01:29:18 05:31:40 03:37:31 10:47:07

MALE 40-44

Botelho, Raymond 	00:59:37 04:29:34 03:17:39 08:53:19
Zimmet, David     	01:05:07 04:41:43 03:12:06 09:05:49
Gray, Rob         	01:05:02 04:31:03 03:29:11 09:12:03
Gutierrez, Joby 	01:19:34 04:49:53 02:57:39 09:13:43
Michovsky, Petr 	01:06:20 04:47:34 03:16:09 09:15:54
Cordovez, Pedro 	00:59:56 04:52:48 03:17:04 09:16:22
Boyle, Michael     	01:12:22 04:52:39 03:03:15 09:17:10
Hockey, Andrew     	01:07:39 04:44:28 03:18:52 09:17:56

FEMALE 45-49

Whitby, Fiona   	01:11:25 05:06:58 03:25:14 09:52:59
Phuah, Kelly     	01:09:37 05:18:44 03:38:13 10:14:38
Davis, Susanne     	00:59:45 05:26:58 03:42:03 10:16:33
Yetman, Peggy     	01:10:30 05:34:34 03:26:38 10:18:55
Mazin, Irena      	01:24:11 05:21:06 03:35:19 10:29:38
Javens, Amy      	01:13:32 04:56:37 04:13:08 10:30:48
Gill, Polly     	01:24:29 05:33:35 03:40:46 10:46:15
Jorris, Heather 	01:04:13 05:48:13 03:47:20 10:48:24

MALE 45-49

Hessian, John    	01:13:39 04:49:10 03:12:24 09:24:10
Hulsewe, Ewoud   	01:07:17 04:35:07 03:35:46 09:25:35
Mccormack, Walter 	01:07:49 04:36:03 03:38:06 09:28:40
Lanza, Craig     	00:56:42 05:05:39 03:25:38 09:35:45
Taylor, Marty    	01:07:49 04:52:42 03:31:33 09:39:12
Joly, Christophe 	01:06:20 04:58:36 03:29:34 09:41:16
Mccutchen, Matthew 	00:59:57 04:59:51 03:34:42 09:42:34
Spycher, Dominik 	00:58:45 05:03:22 03:32:59 09:43:45

FEMALE 50-54

Myers, Leslie    	01:08:42 05:32:25 03:56:37 10:47:33
Smith, Ann       	01:12:08 05:23:44 04:12:58 10:55:45
Aquila, Suzanne 	01:23:44 05:29:32 04:13:23 11:16:07
Buxton, Pamela    	01:16:56 05:39:18 04:12:36 11:20:19
Buss, Janet     	01:14:07 05:51:32 04:19:17 11:34:34
Newton, Cynthia 	01:26:49 05:54:09 04:23:51 12:01:33
Smith, Karenb     	01:24:21 05:57:21 04:33:08 12:09:12
Long, Jennifer     	01:19:01 06:08:06 04:42:32 12:23:00

MALE 50-54

Heynemand, Pierre 	01:02:57 04:50:12 03:11:35 09:11:44
Burger, David    	01:09:04 04:45:21 03:18:35 09:19:54
Berg, Barry      	00:58:10 05:03:59 03:26:09 09:35:00
Schwarze, Stephan 	01:06:09 05:05:49 03:14:20 09:35:53
Kleinhenz, Kevin 	01:03:39 05:01:08 03:27:04 09:40:52
Keenan, Mike        	01:05:16 05:10:20 03:23:51 09:49:34
Fitzhugh, Jason 	01:10:07 05:07:19 03:23:50 09:49:51
Shirato, Taro     	00:59:59 05:13:21 03:30:09 09:51:22

FEMALE 55-59

Moss, Julie      	01:05:13 05:38:10 03:53:56 10:46:51
Hurley, Linda    	01:10:17 05:42:39 03:54:51 10:58:23
Kaczor, Julie    	01:22:47 05:46:05 04:01:15 11:20:04
Reed, Pam         	01:32:33 05:50:39 04:04:14 11:39:22
Boudreau, Ruth    	01:23:28 06:12:17 05:07:21 12:54:55
Smith, Lauren    	01:09:23 05:34:36 06:12:06 13:03:34
Richnow, Christine 	01:42:53 06:13:08 05:27:06 13:38:45
Mueller, Barbara 	01:17:31 07:19:01 05:00:42 13:53:16

MALE 55-59

Marshall, Steve 	00:59:38 05:12:11 03:38:00 09:58:15
Doyle, Robin     	01:01:13 05:19:24 03:45:23 10:15:18
Scruggs, John     	01:14:10 05:26:25 03:44:17 10:34:53
Cooper, Todd     	01:16:04 05:21:01 03:56:50 10:45:41
Brown, Garrett     	01:27:43 05:17:38 04:03:34 11:01:40
Wisot, Jeff      	01:21:07 05:26:46 04:07:37 11:06:12
Sosa, Raul      	01:22:32 05:23:52 04:11:09 11:13:17
Townsend, David 	01:10:45 05:45:38 04:22:52 11:29:38

FEMALE 60-64

Lama, Catherine         01:24:35 07:09:00 05:14:09 14:07:59
Woods, Nancy    	02:19:22 08:06:28 06:21:51 17:08:50

MALE 60-64

Mudgett, Steven 	01:13:32 05:03:32 03:37:17 10:03:23
Bakerman, Paul   	01:11:14 05:18:43 03:26:35 10:10:54
Madden, Kurt     	01:05:43 05:17:35 04:02:23 10:34:25
Baldassari, Don 	01:07:37 05:22:28 04:11:51 10:51:53
Baum, Jack       	01:08:16 05:33:42 04:13:19 11:05:41
Lang, Daniel     	01:26:10 05:26:03 04:15:37 11:18:22
Johnson, Eric     	01:19:18 05:36:53 04:08:33 11:18:59
Olson, Gary      	01:27:12 05:41:18 04:13:11 11:36:02

FEMALE 65-69

Furu, Joanne     	01:57:10 06:42:24 04:31:07 13:33:08
Wiebe, Sandi     	01:36:00 06:46:59 05:59:13 14:39:06
Beavers, Cathy     	02:05:55 07:46:52 05:42:15 15:58:20
Maguire, Donna     	01:36:58 08:00:46 06:12:15 16:15:18
Christopoulos, Sue 	01:55:19 07:34:04 06:54:42 16:42:28

MALE 65-69

Friberg, Robert 	01:15:50 06:00:54 04:39:31 12:29:27
Hitchcock, Monte 	01:49:00 06:09:39 04:23:50 12:36:25
Dwyer, Michael    	01:37:37 05:52:04 05:03:51 12:49:24
Hemminger, Terry 	01:42:15 06:08:21 04:46:22 12:54:38
Heath, Perry     	01:42:59 06:16:01 05:00:10 13:20:51
Woolford, Robert 	02:07:14 06:28:12 04:44:51 13:34:17
Duerden, Clive     	01:32:54 06:40:44 05:05:22 13:48:57
Miller, Bruce     	01:32:47 06:32:23 06:20:33 15:01:06
Epperson, John     	01:38:44 07:17:49 05:47:09 15:25:32
Larsen, Joe      	01:33:45 07:18:28 06:58:00 16:24:40
Murry, Ernie     	02:01:29 07:13:59 07:10:37 16:51:23

MALE 70-74

Oconnell, Daniel 	01:35:18 07:04:29 05:17:19 14:20:06
Waller, Jonathan 	02:02:55 07:13:30 05:55:26 15:39:40

MALE 75-79

Lucas, Allen    	02:22:57 07:13:44 07:07:19 17:05:03

MALE 75-79

Ottaway, Ron    	02:14:52 07:18:39 06:44:58 16:43:09

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Ironman South Africa Results 2017

Prize money and Championship Points up for grabs in Ironman South Africa Results 2017.

This iconic race that kicked off at Nelson Mandela Bay is billed as the Ironman African Championship. The race sold out as usual and 75 Ironman Hawaii World Championship slots were up for grabs for top age-group finishers.

There was really no clear cut favorite as the gun sounded to begin the race. A strong European contingent and several local stars made picking the podium finishers in the Ironman South Africa Results 2017 pretty difficult.

The winners of Ironman South Africa 2016 were Ben Hoffman and Kaisa Lehtonen with times of 8:12:37 and 9:06:50 respectively. Both 2016 winners were on hand to defend their titles.

MALE PRO START LIST

ACKERMANN, Johann
AMBERGER, Josh
BUCKINGHAM, Kyle
BÄCKSON, Fredrik
CANHEDO, Vinicius
CHRISTENSEN, Bekim
CIOTTI, Emanuele
CLOSE, Greg
CSOKE, Balazs
CUNNAMA, James
DE BRUIN, Gerhard
DE ELIAS, Mario
DEL CORRAL MORALES, Victor Manuel
FROMMHOLD, Nils
HOFFMAN, Ben
KRAMER, Christian
LAMPRET, Freddy
LLANOS, Eneko
MCNAMEE, David
MOLINARI, Giulio
PETERSEN-BACH, Jens
RISTI, Ivan
ROMAN, Deisenhofer
SCHELTINGA, Evert
SKIPPER, Joe
STEIN, Boris
STRIJK, Erik-Simon
TOUMY, Degham
VABROUSEK, Petr
Van Berkel, Jan
VAN LIERDE, Frederik
VAN LOOY, Diego
VISTICA, Andrej
WILTSHIRE, Harry
WURF, Cameron
ZASYPKIN, Valentin

Josh Amberger of Australia and Harry Wiltshire of Great Britain were the only two male pros to complete the swim in under 49 minutes. They had swim times of 48:01 and 48:04 respectively. Balazs Csoke of Hungary was third in 49:01.

Cameron Wruf posted the fastest bike split of the day with his clocking of 4:20:11. It gave him a narrow lead of about two minutes over Nils Frommmhold and defending champion Ben Hoffman who were racing in 2nd and 3rd.

PRO MEN SWIM AND BIKE TIMES

WURF, Cameron    	00:49:13 04:20:11
FROMMHOLD, Nils  	00:49:05 04:22:31
HOFFMAN, Ben     	00:49:14 04:22:33
AMBERGER, Josh   	00:48:02 04:29:29
Van Berkel, Jan  	00:49:12 04:28:41
VAN LIERDE, Frederik	00:49:05 04:28:32
BUCKINGHAM, Kyle	00:49:15 04:28:38
MOLINARI, Giulio	00:49:07 04:28:34
SCHELTINGA, Evert	00:49:12 04:28:40
MCNAMEE, David   	00:49:09 04:28:45
STEIN, Boris     	00:53:57 04:23:49
LLANOS, Eneko    	00:49:19 04:28:31
CUNNAMA, James   	00:49:10 04:28:47
ROMAN, Deisenhofer	00:49:18 04:33:46
ACKERMANN, Johann	00:49:06 04:34:37
KRAMER, Christian	00:49:10 04:37:07
SKIPPER, Joe    	00:53:59 04:32:04
VISTICA, Andrej  	00:53:53 04:34:43
STRIJK, Erik-Simon	00:53:54 04:34:39
DE ELIAS, Mario  	00:53:58 04:34:47
PETERSEN-BACH, Jens	00:49:11 04:42:34
BÄCKSON, Fredrik	00:56:28 04:46:25
CSOKE, Balazs	        00:49:02 04:55:57
DE BRUIN, Gerhard	00:55:46 04:53:50
LAMPRET, Freddy 	00:55:50 04:53:26
CIOTTI, Emanuele	00:53:56 04:58:15
VAN LOOY, Diego  	01:05:44 04:46:28
CLOSE, Greg	        00:59:42 04:56:49
WILTSHIRE, Harry	00:48:05 05:17:49
ZASYPKIN, Valentin	01:12:27 05:23:03
VABROUSEK, Petr         01:00:07 05:41:27

It turned into a close race between Nils Frommhold of Germany and defending champion Ben Hoffman of the USA. The two male pros made a clean break of seven minutes on the rest of the field.

Ben Hoffman would not be denied and successfully defended his title when he crossed the finish line first in the Ironman South Africa results 2017. His wimming time was 07:58:40.

MALE PRO FINISH TIMES

HOFFMAN, Ben     	07:58:40
FROMMHOLD, Nils  	07:59:30
MCNAMEE, David   	08:07:31
BUCKINGHAM, Kyle	08:08:58
Van Berkel, Jan  	08:12:35
STEIN, Boris     	08:16:12
VAN LIERDE, Frederik	08:19:10
MOLINARI, Giulio	08:21:09
VISTICA, Andrej 	08:23:21
CUNNAMA, James  	08:24:42
WURF, Cameron    	08:25:31
SKIPPER, Joe    	08:28:46
SCHELTINGA, Evert	08:31:04
LLANOS, Eneko   	08:34:15
DE ELIAS, Mario    	08:36:22
ACKERMANN, Johann	08:39:44
ROMAN, Deisenhofer	08:43:30
AMBERGER, Josh   	08:44:41
VAN LOOY, Diego 	08:49:32
STRIJK, Erik-Simon	09:00:36
DE BRUIN, Gerhard	09:07:31
LAMPRET, Freddy  	09:52:28
CIOTTI, Emanuele	09:53:08
VABROUSEK, Petr  	09:59:52
ZASYPKIN, Valentin	10:13:45

Kaisa Lehtonen would have her hands full repeating as champion in this star-studded field. No less that 8-10 pro women could potentially challenge for a spot on the podium.

FEMALE PRO START LIST

BARTLETT, Nikki
CHEETHAM, Susie
COLLONGE, Jeanne
COMBER, Kate
CORKER, Steph
DELIGNY, Camille
DUKE, Dimity-Lee
FLETCHER, Jenny
FRADES, Gurutze
GAJER, Julia
GENÊT, Manon
Grohmann, Katharina
HERRERO GÓMEZ, Helena
JAHN, Kirsty
KONSCHAK, Katja
LEHRIEDER, Carolin
LEHTONEN, Kaisa
LÜTHI, Diane
MACK, Danielle
MOELLER, Kristin
MONTICELI, Ariane
RYF, Daniela
SCHINK, Lina-Kristin
SCHMITT, Natascha
STIENEN, Astrid
TONDEUR, Alexandra
WATKINSON, Annah

The first five pro women in the swim finished within nine seconds of each. Daniela Ryf of Switzerland and Kate Comber of Great Britain finished tied for first with identical times of 53:48.

Daniela Ryf of Switzerland was fastest out on the 180K bike course with her clocking of 4:50:50. Defending Champion Kaisa Lehtonen of Finland was about four minutes behind her as she left the bike/run transition area.

Julia Gajer of Germany and Susie Cheetham were right in the mix in 3rd and 4th place. Early on it looked like the podium spots would be decided among these four as the rest of the field was well off the pace.

FEMALE PRO SWIM AND BIKE TIMES

RYF, Daniela     	00:53:48 04:50:50
LEHTONEN, Kaisa  	00:55:29 04:53:03
GAJER, Julia     	00:53:54 04:55:58
CHEETHAM, Susie  	00:53:56 04:57:43
BARTLETT, Nikki  	00:58:40 05:03:09
STIENEN, Astrid 	01:01:07 05:01:42
GENÊT, Manon    	00:58:44 05:03:36
KONSCHAK, Katja 	00:53:57 05:09:48
COLLONGE, Jeanne	00:59:47 05:04:58
TONDEUR, Alexandra	00:58:37 05:08:06
COMBER, Kate     	00:53:48 05:15:47
MONTICELI, Ariane	00:58:45 05:13:11
FRADES, Gurutze 	01:00:37 05:11:20
SCHMITT, Natascha	00:58:43 05:15:21
MOELLER, Kristin	01:06:23 05:09:18
Grohmann, Katharina	01:10:04 05:05:47
LÜTHI, Diane     	00:58:34 05:17:12
FLETCHER, Jenny  	00:58:41 05:20:59
DUKE, Dimity-Lee	00:58:37 05:25:19
CORKER, Steph    	01:01:41 05:27:35
SCHINK, Lina-Kristin	01:11:31 05:24:17
MACK, Danielle   	01:06:12 05:34:36

Daniela Ry of Switzerland was on her game and claims the top of the podium in the Ironman South Africa results 2017. Kaisa Lehtonen, the 2016 champion, had to settle for second place.

FEMALE PRO FINISH TIMES

RYF, Daniela    	08:47:02
LEHTONEN, Kaisa  	08:52:26
CHEETHAM, Susie 	09:04:49
STIENEN, Astrid 	09:24:37
FRADES, Gurutze 	09:24:59
KONSCHAK, Katja 	09:25:40
TONDEUR, Alexandra	09:26:29
COLLONGE, Jeanne	09:27:18
BARTLETT, Nikki 	09:27:49
Grohmann, Katharina	09:29:20
MONTICELI, Ariane	09:29:27
COMBER, Kate    	09:47:44
GENÊT, Manon     	09:50:32
LÜTHI, Diane     	09:52:50
SCHINK, Lina-Kristin	09:54:47
GAJER, Julia     	09:55:08
FLETCHER, Jenny  	09:59:27
CORKER, Steph    	10:04:18

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