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IRONMAN HAWAII RESULTS 2011

You just knew that it was the kind of day that a winner would be pretty hard to predict and there was no way of knowing for sure who would top the Ironman Hawaii results 2011.

So many great athletes were entered with several pros–both men and women–were capable of being on top of the Hawaii Ironman results 2011.

Apart from the rougher than normal swim expected, all reports were that it would be a perfect day out on the Queen K. and a course record was a strong possibility.

There are many reasons why a ticket into Ironman Hawaii is one of the most sought after
For one thing, the Ironman–in it’s relatively short three and a half decade history–has inspired many people around the world to take their lives in a healthier, more positive direction.

Over the years thousands of people have been touched by the mystical pull of the Ironman and have made the pilgrimage to the start line of one of the many Ironman races that currently take place around the world on a yearly basis.

Many triathletes now envision Kona as the holy grail of the sport. It is in fact the ultimate triathlon destination.

Anyone who gets to travel that last few hundred meters down Ali’i Drive to the finish line of Ironman Hawaii automatically becomes part of Ironman Hawaii history and joins the greatest names in the sport who have crossed that very same finish line over the years.

Triathlon greats like Dave Scott, Scott Tinnley, Mark Allen, the Puntos Twins, Paula Newby Fraser, Laurie Bowden, Chrissie Wellington, Julie Moss, and many other great pros have taken on the Ironman Hawaii challenge over it’s storied history.

The fact that Kona Harbor is not especially wide is part of the reason why the Ironman Hawaii field is unlikely ever to exceed 2000 starters in any given year. There are 1850 entries in this years race.

This is another reason why it’s such a challenge to become one of the tens of thousands who hope to one day be standing knee-deep in Kona Harbor awaiting the start gun.

Basically there are three ways the triathletes of the world can make it to the start line of this amazing event. They can take their chances and enter the lottery that is held every year and perhaps land one of the 200 spots up for grabs.

It is also possible to qualify by being one of the best in ones age-group in any Ironman race in the world. Every year this becomes more and more of a challenge as triathlon gains in popularity.

The third option is to be a special interest story.

The pros only have one option if they hope to race in Kona. They have to earn enough World Championship points though-out the year in order to make it to the “big show.”

Only the best of the best are in Kona as fifty men and thirty women comprise the pro field in Kona.

THE COURSE

There are few Ironman swim courses in the world that match Kona. It is an out and back course that provides swimmers with a stunning backdrop of swirling schools of tropical fish. At least that was the case back in the 80’s.

Of course it is a no-wetsuit swim because of the amazingly warm waters. It just so happens that there is so much salt in Kona Harbor that the buoyancy is much the same as you would experience if you “were” wearing a wetsuit.

Swimmers can expect “swells” but otherwise the harbor is protected and the water is normally warm, fairly calm, and crystal clear.

However if there is a strong current on the day of the race it could cost even the best swimmers quite a lot of time. There is really no way of predicting the currents and swells as they can change by the hour on race day.

Ironman Hawaii swim course


The original Kona Ironman featured two transition zones, but now race central is right at the swim start in downtown Kona where both transitions will take place.

The bike course is not flat by any means and there are many good-sized rollers with a challenging climb just before the turn-around at Hawi.

The temperature on race day is predicted to be a high of around 85 degrees, but it is the high humidity that often proves the most difficult to deal with.

Over the years the Hawaii Ironman run course has spelled doom for many of the best triathletes in the world. The Queen K. Highway is often enveloped in heatwaves as the lava rock bordering the highway draws the heat down to the road. It’s not at all unusual for the road surface temperatures to rise over 120 degrees.

Most years it’s pretty much a given that it will be hotter than Hell and although the last few years have been fairly calm, strong headwinds often come blowing in off the ocean and provide a severe test of will-power, strength, and stamina.

It is not at all unusual for cyclists to be blown right across the road, or on some areas of the course being blown right over if they are not strong cyclists and are unable to maintain their forward momentum.

You just never know when the unpredictable and fiercely strong Mumuku winds come down from the southwest and hit up against the more gentler Trade winds along the Queen K Highway.

Fluid intake and just how fast one dares to push out on the bike course are especially important considerations in Kona. Often it is the pro with the smartest race plan who will come from behind and win it all.

The left turn into the Energy Lab will often tell the tale of just how the race will unfold. It is an eerie time for the athletes as no spectators are allowed on that section of the course. Once the triathletes come out of the Energy Lab detour there is just over six miles to go to he finish line.

SO WHO’S GOING TO WIN ANYWAY?

2011 is full of intrigue as the best in the world are gathering for the race that as I write is less than 24 hours away.

On the women’s side at first glance it appears to be Mary Beth Ellis and Chrissie Wellington who will be going toe-to-toe in the hunt for the top spot on the podium.

However things are not always as they seem when it comes to the Ironman.

Mary Beth has been spectacular in winning 3 Ironman races in the space of two months. That includes breaking a course record in Ironman Canada 2011 that had stood for 21 years.

The Ironman Canada/Kona is a very difficult double to pull off. Peter Reid did it one year and said at the time that it was extremely difficult and he would not recommend it to anyone.

This may be a bridge too far for Mary Beth and as a body can only stand so much and she has had very little recovery time between races.

Chrissie was involved in a high-speed bike crash just a few weeks ago and it remains to be seen if it will effect her race in Kona.

Thankfully nothing was broken and her injuries appear to be severe road-rash and she will be at the start line.

There have been far too many devastating bike crashes in the world of triathlon over the past year.

It would be no surprise at all to find Mirinda Carfrae, Samantha Warriner, Karin Thurig, Kelly Williamson, Caroline Steffen and several others in the mix for a top ten placing and possibly the win.

some notes

–Chrissie Wellington and Mary Beth Ellis are both undefeated this year, so that is about to change for one or both of them.

–About half a dozen of the women in this race have gone in sub-nine hours this year

–Julie Dibbens has a foot injury but will race. Nobody really knows how serious it is and she could go to the front and never be caught or could fold her tents in the marathon. Time will tell.

–Marinda Carfrae is perhaps the best runner in the women’s field and could mow them all down if she is close off the bike.

–Natasha Badman is in really good form and could be top ten. It is a tribute to her courage and tenacity that she is in Kona racing after the horrific accident she was involved in a few years ago.

Steffen Caroline......12650
Van Vlerken Yvonne....9185
Carfrae Mirinda.......8965
Thuerig Karin.........8550
Stewart Tyler.........7480
Cave Leanda...........7470
Dibens Julie..........7400
Bij De Vaate Heleen...7180
Williamson Kelly......7090
Marsh Amy.............6920
Loeffler Kim..........6780
Joyce Rachel..........6760
Tajsich Sonja.........6275
Morrison Catriona.....6250
Ellis Mary Beth.......6200
Felt Silvia...........6170
Wurtele Heather.......6165
Csomor Erika..........6120
Berasategui Virginia..6050
Deckers Tine..........5870
Zelenkova Lucie.......5805
Goos Sofie............5790
Bevilaqua Kate........5525
Snow Caitlin..........5305
Wellington Chrissie...5250
Corbin Linsey.........5245
Stevens Amanda........5160
Nishiuchi Maki........5045
Warriner Samantha.....5035
Riesler Diana.........4980

**Natasha Badman is also in the race. Not sure of her points standing.

On the pro men side it is just as competitive and it’s hard to pick a clear favorite. Of course Craig Alexander will be favored by many coming off his great results late in the season.

Craig seems to be rounding into form just in time and should be a force in Ironman Hawaii 2011.

RAYNARD TISSINK

Jordan Rapp refused his qualifying spot after winning Ironman Canada and it may have to do with just how close Ironman Canada is to Kona or perhaps because he also was involved in a serious training accident last year and doesn’t want to push it after his outstanding win in Penticton.

I believe Raynard Tissink is going to be right up their in the bike, but I am leaning more towards Ben Hoffman, Craig Alexander, Tj Tollakson, Andreas Raelert, and Peter Jacobs to battle it out for the win on the strength of their running ability and recent form.

Faris Al-Sultan is a very strong biker and could well have the lead heading into the bike/run transition.

If the other Raelert(Michael) was not injured, he would have been my pick to win as he is an incredible athlete but simply could not overcome his injuries this year.

some notes

–Raynard Tissink is fighting some sort of virus and at this level that can be devastating, so he may not do as well as expected.

–Peter Jacobs is perhaps the best runner of all of the pro men and if he is close coming off the bike……….look out!

–Chris Lieto may well be the best biker, but is unlikely to hold off the other stronger runners as the marathon wears on.

–Marino Vanhoenacker is slipping in under the radar and is getting very little press, but has a good shot at a top five finish.

THE PRO MEN

Tissink Raynard.......7550
Odonnell Timothy......7520
Llanos Eneko .........7100
Al-sultan Faris.......7060
Vanhoenacker Marino...6900
Raphael Jan...........6800
Bell Luke.............6515
Sturla Eduardo........6380
Bracht Timo...........6300
Alexander Craig.......6190
Raelert Andreas.......6180
Jacobs Peter..........6150
Major Jozsef..........6120
Hecht Mathias.........5625
Brown Cameron.........5380
Van Lierde Frederik...5290
Vabrousek Petr........5200
Schildknecht Ronnie...5165
Twelsiek Maik.........5070
Mckenzie Luke.........4965
Hoffman Ben...........4910
Weiss Michael.........4905
Tollakson Tj..........4870
Evoe Patrick..........4835
Vernay Patrick........4790
Zeebroek Axel.........4710
Lieto Chris...........4680
Lowe Tom..............4540
Henning Rasmus........4520
Potts Andy............4400
Abel Torsten..........4480
Csoke Balazs..........4360
Boecherer Andi........4210
Marques Sergio........4200
Cunnama James.........4160
Bockel Dirk...........4100
Jammaer Bert..........3950
Lovato Michael........3935
Goehner Michael.......3890
Schifferle Mike.......3760
Gambles Joe...........3700
Russell Matthew.......3690
Daerr Justin..........3630
Viennot Cyril.........3500
Shortis Jason.........3480
Mcdonald Chris........3465
White Matthew.........3385
Amey Paul.............3380
Fontana Daniel........3200

Eduardo Sturla, Patrick Evoe, James Cunnama, Romain Guillaume, Courtney Ogden, Justin Daerr, and Terenzo Bozzone are the pro men who gave up their spots and will not be competing in Kona.

THE TEN FINAL PRO MEN WHO WERE OFFERED SPOTS

Andreas Raelert
Tprsten Abel
Jordan Rapp
Andi Boecherer
Bert Jammaer
Matthew Russell
Jason Shortis
Chris Macdonald
Mike Aigroz
Mike Neill

RACE DAY–IRONMAN HAWAII 2011

Race forecast is calling for an overcast, hazy day. The high is expected to be around 86 degrees (30 C). There’s a 20 percent chance of rain in the morning, 40 percent chance in the afternoon. The winds aren’t expected to be blowing too hard – 10 mph (16 kph).

There were high swells early in the week, but they were expected to fade overnight with better conditions expected on race morning and a water temperature between 76 and 79 degrees F. Unfortunately, although the conditions improved, they were still very unsettled on race morning.

The swim is underway as the pros head out into Kona Harbor. It’s not long before Andy Potts and Peter Jacobs create a gap on the rest of the field.

This was pretty much expected as they are both very strong swimmers. There is little doubt that Peter Jacobs will want to get out of the water with as big a gap as possible on the stronger cyclists.

If he can stay close on the bike course he would become a serious contender to win considering he is one of he best runners in the field.

In a a bit of a surprise, Amanda Stevens has created a gap of 40m over the nearest woman. Leanda Cave and Julie Dibbens are two of the stronger swimmers among the pro women, but are not at the front yet.

The swell is picking up in the harbor and that will favor the stronger swimmers. Andy Potts is leading everyone at the turn as he has pulled away from Peter Jacobs who is now part of the chase group that also includes Craig Alexander, Chris Lieto, and Andreas Raelert.

Amanda Stevens is also loving the conditions and holds a substantial lead over the chase pack.

The age-groupers are underway and are in for a rough time as the swell has really picked up since the pros began.

Andy Potts is first out of the water in 49:44. Just as an indication as to how the difficult the conditions are in the swim, the 1984 Ironman Hawaii swim time was around 46 minutes.

What a swim by Julie Dibbens as she is just 5 seconds behind Amanda Stevens as she reaches the first transition.

THE TOP TEN MEN IN THE SWIM

00:49:44           Potts, Andy
00:51:38 00:01:54  Jacobs, Pete
00:51:41 00:01:57  Reed, Matty
00:51:43 00:01:59  Albert, Marko
00:51:44 00:02:00  Bockel, Dirk
00:51:46 00:02:03  Van Lierde, Frederik
00:51:47 00:02:03  McKenzie, Luke
00:51:48 00:02:04  Henning, Rasmus
00:51:49 00:02:05  Boecherer, Andi

TOP TEN PRO WOMEN IN THE SWIM

00:51:54  Stevens, Amanda
00:51:58 00:00:05  Dibens, Julie
00:52:30 00:00:36  Zelenkova, Lucie
00:53:54 00:02:00  Cave, Leanda
00:53:56 00:02:03  Joyce, Rachel
00:55:49 00:03:55  Williamson, Kelly
00:55:54 00:04:01  Ellis, Mary Beth
00:57:15 00:05:22  Steffen, Caroline
00:57:17 00:05:24  Carfrae, Mirinda
00:57:18 00:05:25  Nishiuchi, Maki

Chrissie Wellington is out of the water over 10 minutes behind the leader and now it surfaces that she may have had a pectoral injury and not just road rash in her training accident.

Natasha Badman is 10 minutes back as well and she is also recovering from a serious accident that took place some two years ago.

Faris Al-Sultan

If you have anything physically wrong at all, the Ironman will soon find it and that seems to be what is happening at the moment.

Mary Beth Ellis came out of the water in 55:54 and is just 4 minutes off the lead heading into transition. Kate Bevilaqua also had a good swim of 58:50 considering the swim conditions and was 15th out of the water.

It’s very unusual, but about 30 pro men(50 in the field)have all come together at the front. There is little wind on the course so the bike split will most likely be very fast. It looks like everyone is waiting before making the big move.

Will an Ironman live longer?


Julie Dibens is tough on the lead and so far her injury does not seem to be bothering her too much. Chrissie Wellington is still not gaining on Julie.

The pro men are still tightly bunched at the turn at Hawi. This is going to come down to the marathon and I’m just wondering how far off the pace Peter Jacobs is as he is a sensational runner.

PRO MEN BIKE SPLITS AT THE HAWI TURN-AROUND

03:14:51           Vanhoenacker, Marino
03:14:53 00:00:02  McKenzie, Luke
03:14:55 00:00:04  Lieto, Chris
03:14:57 00:00:07  Alexander, Craig
03:15:00 00:00:10  Al-Sultan, Faris
03:15:02 00:00:11  Raelert, Andreas
03:15:09 00:00:19  Tissink, Raynard
03:15:14 00:00:23  Bockel, Dirk 35
03:15:16 00:00:26  Boecherer, Andi
03:15:18 00:00:27  Twelsiek, Maik

PRO WOMEN BIKE SPLITS AT THE HAWI TURN-AROUND

03:26:52 108 Dibens, Julie
03:34:27 00:07:36 103 Steffen, Caroline
03:37:46 00:10:54 112 Joyce, Rachel
03:37:49 00:10:57 107 Cave, Leanda
03:40:49 00:13:58 119 Zelenkova, Lucie
03:41:59 00:15:08 102 Wellington, Chrissie
03:42:32 00:15:40 126 Warriner, Samantha
03:42:38 00:15:46 101 Carfrae, Mirinda

In the second half of the bike course it is Karin Thuerig who is making a big move and could well be a factor before the day is out.

At the 90-mile mark there are still 10 men all within 3 minutes of each other and it seems our winner will come from this group.

Raynard Tissink is still hanging tough despite fighting some sort of virus the past few weeks.

Although Chris Lieto and Luke McKenzie are up near the front, it’s doubtful they will hold off the likes of Craig Alexander, Peter Jacobs, and Andreas Raelert in the marathon.

This is how the standings looked for the pro men at the 90-mile mark.

At this point it’s beginning to look like a cat and mouse game with some of the top pros just waiting to pounce and make the big move.

LATE STAGES OF THE BIKE

04:19:14           Lieto, Chris
04:19:58 00:00:45  McKenzie, Luke
04:20:00 00:00:47  Vanhoenacker, Marino
04:20:02 00:00:49  Alexander, Craig
04:20:27 00:01:14  Raelert, Andreas
04:20:29 00:01:16  Bockel, Dirk
04:20:30 00:01:17  Boecherer, Andi
04:22:46 00:03:33  Twelsiek, Maik
04:22:53 00:03:40  Tissink, Raynard
04:22:58 00:03:45  Al-Sultan, Faris

At the 105-mile mark Chris Lieto is managing to create a bigger gap between himself and the chasing pack of riders.

The lead sits at 3:45 with just 7 minutes to go in the bike, but it may not be near enough with the likes of Vanoenacker, Alexander and Raelert all great runners and all withing striking distance.

It looks like Peter Jacobs has not been able to stay as close as he would like and will have lots to do in the run.

Chris is first off the bike and just misses the course bike record by 8 seconds. He has a bike split of 4:18:31. What a final 10k. He begins the run with almost a five minute lead.

It remains to be seen how much that may have cost him as far as energy reserves.

Now the real race is about to begin.

THE TOP FIVE MEN AT THE BIKE/RUN TRANSITION

05:12:37           Lieto, Chris
05:17:47 00:05:11  McKenzie, Luke
05:17:54 00:05:17  Vanhoenacker, Marino
05:17:56 00:05:19  Alexander, Craig
05:18:01 00:05:24  Bockel, Dirk

Raelert fell behind at the end of the bike. He is three minutes behind Craig Alexander who is the first to leave transition and chase after Lieto.

It only takes Craig Alexander about 6 miles to catch and pass Chris Lieto. Raelert, McKenzie, Vanhoenacker, and Boecherer are all less than 5 minutes behind Craig.

Julie Dibens is first onto the bike course and is not looking too injured after setting a new bike course record., but she will stress her injury much more on the run.

Damien Favier-Felix is the first of the age-group men into T2 and is in 30th place over-all. He had a great bike split of 4:30:12.

Craig Alexander had a great race.


At mile 3 Julie Dibens continues to look really good.Her lead over Steffen is now 9:25, with Cave at 13:30 and Joyce at 13:45.

Chrissie Wellington can never be counted out and is making her way up through the field and early in the run and is in fifth place. However she is still 17:38 behind Dibens.

THE PRO WOMEN SIX MILES INTO THE RUN

Julie Dibens Leading
Steffen      at 6:05
Cave         at 10
Joyce        at 10:30
Wellington   at 12:40
Carfrae      at 16:50
Wurtele      at 17:25
Thuerig      at 18:10
Wellington

Well it happened pretty quick. Julie Dibens started walking and was quickly passed by Caroline Steffen and Leanda Cave who moves into second.

Chrissie Wellington moves up another place as Rachel Joyce begins to walk. Chrissie is showing her championship class and is now just 4:05 off the lead and she is making it look easy.

Caroline Steffen is first, Leanda Cave is second 2:20 back and Chrissie is third just 20 seconds behind Leanda. At this point it really looks like it will come down to a race between Leanda Cave and Chrissie as they both seem to be stronger than Caroline Steffen.

Here comes Chrissie. She passes Leanda Cave and has dead aim on the lead. what an amazing marathon she is having.

Craig Alexander will win, but the only question is……will it be a record or not?

Craig Alexander is the Ironman World Champion once again and sets a record by going in 8:03:56. 12 seconds faster than Luc Van Lierde.

Peter Jacobs comes from way back and has an amazing marathon time of 2:42, the fastest run time of the day and takes second place.

THE TOP TEN MEN FINISHERS

1 08:03:56 1 Alexander
2 08:09:11 11 Jacobs, Peter
3 08:11:07 10 Raelert, Andreas
4 08:12:58 33 Bockel, Dirk
5 08:20:12 9 Bracht, Timo
6 08:21:07 44 Aigroz, Mike
7 08:22:15 2 Tissink, Raynard
8 08:23:19 31 Boecherer, Andi
9 08:25:42 19 McKenzie, Luke
10 08:27:18 5 Al-Sultan, Faris

Sixteen pro men and six pro women were DNF(did not finish) in this years race for an attrition rate of over 25%(22 of 80 pros entered).

At this level of competition there is no telling what is going to transpire over the course of the race and even the best in the world have off days.

The demanding swim this year may have had a lot to do with preventing many of the pros who are not the top swimmers from following their game plan and from the very beginning of the race they were playing catch-up.

They really have nothing to prove by beating themselves up just trying to finish. This is especially true with the new Championship points system that pretty much dictates the drive for a spot in Kona 2012 is already under-way.

Injuring yourself in an effort to finish at all costs is not a great way to begin the 2012 campaign. It’s important to remember that the mentality of a pro is far different from that of the age-grouper who has a far different set of dreams and goals.

THE PRO WOMEN AT MILE 20

Wellington is leading.
Steffen    at 2 minutes behind leader
Cave       at 2:50
Carfrae    at 4 minutes.

In the last mile Chrissie is holding onto the lead and Mirinda Carfrae who came from far back just as Peter Jacobs did can see her up ahead but is running out of room.

Chrissie wellington wins her fourth Ironman Hawaii World Championship title.

TOP TEN PRO WOMEN FINISHERS

1 08:55:08 Wellington, Chrissie
2 08:57:57 Carfrae, Mirinda
3 09:03:29 Cave, Leanda
4 09:06:57 Joyce, Rachel
5 09:07:32 Steffen, Caroline
6 09:15:00 Thuerig, Karin
7 09:15:17 Tajsich, Sonja
8 09:17:56 Wurtele, Heather
9 09:18:11 Snow, Caitlin
10 09:19:52 Berasategui, Virginia Bilbao

–It was an age-grouper who ran the second fastest run split of the day. Joe Thorne from Austin Texas went in 2:43:28 and finished in 8:59:16 and won the men’s 25-29 category.

–Beate Goertz finished in 9:32 to win the women’s 40-44 age group. She took 30 minutes off her own age group record and was the first female age-grouper to finish.

-The first wheelchair competitor to cross the line was Jeddie Schabort.

FEMALE 18-24

Vertiz, Tatiana 10:01:39
Anderson, Morga 10:15:47
Grohmann, Katharina 10:28:37
Simpson, Jessica 10:32:28
Tiner, Chelsea 10:34:13
Marsh, Larisa 10:44:11
Obsitos, Monica 10:51:38
Kehoe, Danielle 10:57:13
Geiger, Claire 11:01:37
Nourmohamadian, Gina11:02:00

Any of the top 7 women in the 18-24 age-group in Hawaii 2011 had fast enough times to win the first 5 Ironman Hawaii races outright for the women from 1979 to 1982. In 1982 there were actually two Ironman Hawaii races(October and February).

MALE 18-24

Burton, Matt 09:09:42
Baldwin, Nick 09:18:15
Sander, Elias 09:19:52
Gigou, Pierre-Yves 09:25:10
Duffy, Brian 09:28:34
Boivin, Frederic 09:31:45
Ebenbichler, Benedikt09:39:54
Kassif, Matan 09:51:28
Wagner, Anders 09:52:11
Jastrebsky, Brian 09:55:44

FEMALE 25-29

Esefeld, Katrin 09:55:51
Chura, Haley 10:17:26
Fillnow, Kelly 10:17:55
Lawson, Jessica 10:21:24
Mittelmaier, Judith 10:22:47
Trukenmeller,Rebekka 10:28:47
Birkel, Lauren 10:33:16
Thomas, Kathryn 10:33:18
Gordon, Elizabeth 10:33:26
Wohlers, Lindsay 10:37:18

MALE 25-29

Thorne, Joe 08:59:16
Haak, Steffen 09:05:10
Duelsen, Marc 09:05:27
Lavery, Michael 09:06:05
Lueddecke, Kai 09:09:21
Close, Greg 09:11:33
Baxter, Sam 09:12:29
Scheall, Brian 09:13:01
Eichheimer, Stefan 09:13:05
Beardall, Timothy 09:14:07

FEMALE 30-34

Hufe, Mareen 09:37:09
Pekerman, Nina 09:45:35
Wicks, Hilary 09:51:07
Piampiano, Sarah 09:51:17
Sloan, Jennifer 09:56:40
Brown, Brooke 10:00:03
Walsh, Beth 10:04:39
Manning, Hailey 10:06:14
Lee, Kendra 10:06:39
Wieck, Sonja 10:08:44

MALE 30-34

Diederen, Bas 08:48:44
Shearon, Jonathan 08:58:31
Fink, Mario 08:58:50
Wienbreier, Daniel 09:01:40
Griffiths, Rob 09:01:43
Gardner, Andy 09:02:03
Imrie, Andrew 09:02:56
Hemet, Nicolas 09:03:11
Sloan, Chuck 09:04:56
Bourguet, Benoit 09:06:29

FEMALE 35-39

Croft, Sheila 09:51:26
Rudolf, Michaela 09:57:22
Johnston, Claudia 10:08:30
Ross, Rachel 10:09:28
Keefe, Laura 10:16:41
Stephenson, Nell 10:17:38
Davidson, Dayna 10:18:13
Fournier, Maggie 10:19:48
Waterstraat, Elizabeth10:22:03
Bruck, Kate 10:25:41

MALE 35-39

Gyde, Sam 08:50:09
Inkinen, Sami 08:58:59
Johnson, Steve 09:03:26
Israel, Todd 09:04:48
Pullens, Carlo 09:06:39
Houzelle, Fabrice 09:06:42
Gartner, Tobias 09:06:44
Thomas, Christopher 09:07:08
Attamimi, Assad 09:07:41
Favre-Felix, Damien 09:09:30

FEMALE 40-44

Goertz, Beate 09:32:05
Davis, Susanne 09:51:41
McCarty, Erin 10:01:06
Patt, Sandra 10:04:15
Donley, Shannon 10:18:43
Van Biervliet, Sophie 10:24:02
Bancroft, Angela 10:26:00
Boyes, Michelle 10:26:10
Whitworth, Sophie 10:27:05
Eakin, Tina 10:29:22

MALE 40-44

Zamboni, Andrea 08:53:26
Chesney, Curt 08:54:55
Angst, Wolfgang 09:00:15
Harr, Eric 09:01:34
Niederau, Dirk 09:05:05
Brunold, Thomas 09:09:34
Dunstan, Brett 09:10:37
Invernizzi, Bruno 09:13:38
Molloy, Matt 09:13:56
Lewis, Matty 09:17:31

I keep reading that an athlete reaches their peak of endurance in their mid-30’s. I have never bought into that and believe it is more like the early to mid-40’s.

The first 88 of the over 260 men in the 40-44 age group went under 10 hours. To me that is an incredible stat.

Any of the top ten men listed in this age category in 2011 would have been fast enough to win any of the first 5 Ironman Hawaii races.

Any of the top five listed would have had times fast enough to win any of the first 7 Ironman Hawaii races.

It’s a clear indication of just how much equipment technology, training, and understanding of proper diet have played such a major role over the years.

More than that however, it seems to indicate that indeed endurance improves and peaks far past the mid-30’s…..at least as far as the Ironman is concerned.

FEMALE 45-49

Kenyon, Lisbeth 10:15:14
Humphrey, Linnea 10:29:34
Winkler, Kathy 10:33:35
Spear-Burrows, Gina 10:52:01
Jakobsen, Kaisa 10:53:05
Robb, Linda 10:59:03
Dunkle, Julie 10:59:42
Clarke, Angela 11:00:29
Arlander, Bodil 11:00:47
Regan, Amy 11:03:13

MALE 45-49

Andersen, Bent 09:12:43
Topan, Luiz 09:17:55
Geoghegan, Mark 09:23:38
Schabort, Jeddie 09:24:35
Schloegel, Robert 09:24:59
Boyce, Albert 09:29:52
Schaeren, Daniel 09:31:19
Giren, Luc 09:36:31
Bernhard, Romano 09:37:35
Boyes, David 09:39:08

FEMALE 50-54

Rider, Teresa 10:44:01
Hart, Ellen 10:49:59
Grosse, Carmen 11:12:07
Smalec, Jacquelin 11:17:17
Tindale Fox, Carmel 11:20:05
Cronin-Stagnari,Barbara11:25:11
Walker, Lisa 11:25:41
McMaster, Sue 11:34:20
Van Keulen Jekel,Yvonne11:42:09
Daggett, Julia 11:47:15

MALE 50-54

Mergler, John 09:42:38
Blue, Michael 09:44:19
Nugent, Terry 09:46:14
Jones, Eben 09:48:53
Evans, David 09:50:32
Lewis, Barry 09:54:34
MacLeod, Bill 09:55:41
Buehlow, Peter 09:58:49
Maves, Steve 10:02:03
Chalencon, Dominique 10:02:23

FEMALE 55-59

Sophiea, Laura 10:45:35
Barnes, Ann 11:16:12
Rouse, Kimberlee 11:26:21
Smith, Nancy 11:36:38
Welder, Laurelee 11:47:18
Akenhead, Susan 11:48:11
LeStrange, Missy 12:02:20
Kirker, Jill 12:16:57
Sponagle, Elizabeth 12:23:41
Kaulmann, Karin 12:36:05

MALE 55-59

Taylor, Gregory 10:03:43
Burgess, Gary 10:15:28
Moats, Kevin 10:24:26
Vargas, Christopher 10:35:42
Stewart, Brett 10:40:50
Bozoian, Paul 10:43:03
Hammond, Scott 10:45:31
Girard, Thierry 10:49:49
O'Malley, Russell 10:51:09

FEMALE 60-64

Peters, Carol 12:20:16
Goodyear, Cullen 13:00:53
Houbolt, Mary 13:05:03
Grundy, Anne 13:11:40
Freer, Helen 13:26:19
Best-Wiss, Lynnda 13:29:04
Hickman, Lynda 13:44:52
Rondou, Cecelia 14:12:53
Goodacre, Mary 14:39:14
Crawford, Sally 14:41:37

MALE 60-64

Ackermann, Louis 11:03:41
Wien, Mike 11:11:39
Arrasate, Juan 11:13:52
Wren, William 11:16:38
Simpson, Rick 11:17:18
Brockus, Charlie 11:23:44
Humbold, Reinhold 11:23:56
Smith, Stephen 11:26:27
Domoney, Christopher 11:28:24
Lowe, Kevin 11:38:44

FEMALE 65-69

Lund, Tiare 13:25:04
McCambridge, Chris 13:40:33
Grabow, Natalie 13:47:16
McKinlay, Karla 14:01:38
Rach, Cindy 14:05:04
Tuggle, Lesley 14:43:23
Gonzales, Valerie 14:44:34
Fredericks, Amy 14:59:51
Woodworth, Cheryl 15:51:49
Koester, Ingelore 16:11:20

MALE 65-69

Van Der Linden, Hans 11:19:07
Ewers Jr, Benjamin 11:28:37
Butterworth, Simon 12:13:01
Fossler, Hansjerg 12:18:48
Waldrop, Thomas 12:27:43
Nobuka, Koji 12:34:24
Munemasa, Yoshihito 12:46:39
Kelly, Colm 12:55:06
Lundell, Dwight 13:04:11
Thorsen, Geoff 13:10:30

FEMALE 70-74

Norman, Susan 16:57:29
Chambers, Gayla 16:58:39

MALE 70-74

Kostic, Milos 11:45:05
Iwens, Eli 12:45:26
Lehr, Walter 13:55:36
Kobayashi, Tatsuo 14:29:28
Heynert, Bernd 14:48:03
Little, Roger 14:58:47
Eastwood, Raymond 15:08:02
Giroux, Edward 15:15:20
Beccamel, Pierre 15:23:30
Weber, John 15:34:56

MALE 75-79

Kojima, Yutaka 14:59:39
Linder, Bill 16:26:27
Mayer, John 16:55:09

MALE 80-85

Hollander, Lew 16:45:55
Cokan, France 16:50:43
Roberts, Lyle 16:51:30

Congratulations to all the amazing age-groupers who had what it takes to make it to the start line of the greatest endurance race in the world.

The best quote of Ironman Hawaii 2011….”I like having a target on my back. It means I’m doing something right in the sport”–Chrissie Wellington


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