Ironman Texas 2011
Ironman Texas 2011 features a point to point swim and point to point bike. It is one of the few courses that has a large enough venue to do that. But then of course, everything about Texas is pretty big.
Ironman Texas 2011 takes place on Saturday, May 21. It would be no surprise at all if Ironman Texas quickly becomes a favorite among the triathletes of the world.
Being Canadian I of course loved taking part in Ironman Canada over the course of my career. There is a lot to be said for a race that is one of the oldest, most historic Ironman races in the world.
However there were others reasons why I returned year after year. It was a real advantage to be able to pack up your own choice of food that you were used to eating through-out your training year and drive to the race. Especially when that drive takes you over the stunning and majestic Rocky Mountains.
Another reason was that I found it to my liking to have a one-loop swim, a one loop bike, and an out and back marathon. As the Ironman evolved over the years, two and three-loop courses became the norm.
Now along comes Ironman Texas with it’s one loop swim and one loop bike. I really believe this concept appeals to many triathletes. There is something to be said about only having to go over the same ground or through the same water just once.
TEXAS IRONMAN 2011 SWIM
As I mentioned, this is a point-to-point swim that will take place in Lake Woodlands.
After entering the water at North Shore Park the triathletes will swim toward South Shore Park and a turn-around buoy that will head them back toward North Shore Park.
Instead of returning to the park, there will be a right-hand turn that will take them along the Lake Woodlands waterway system.
This is where it becomes a bit interesting, because unlike most Ironman races where the swim start beach is at the transition area, the swim actually ends at Town Green Park, the location for the swim/bike transition that is quite a ways from where the swim began.
**WETSUIT REGULATIONS--Ironman Texas 2011 entrants should be aware of wetsuit regulations should they desire to qualify for awards, including a Kona slot.
Wetsuits cannot be more than 5mm thick and are allowed up to and including a water temperature of 24.5 degrees Celsius. You can wear a wetsuit if the water is between 24.5 and 28.8 degrees Celsius but will forfeit any right to awards.
Wetsuits are not allowed in water over 28.8 degrees Celsius. Why would you want to do that anyway. You would be so hot at the end of the swim chances are you would not be able to continue the race.
Take note that if the water temperature on race day falls between 24.5 and 28.8 degrees Celsius there will be two different starting areas at the swim start.
One will be for WETSUIT CHIP-IN and the other for NON-WETSUIT CHIP-IN. It is up to the swimmer to start in the correct area.
There will be separate timing mats and officials at each mat to record who is eligible for awards.
At most Ironman races this regulation does not come into play. For instance, it will be a snowy day in Hell before the water at Ironman Canada or Ironman Couer d’Alene reaches 24.5 degrees Celsius. I know first-hand and some races I was in a 10mm wetsuit would not have helped ward off the cold.
IRONMAN TEXAS 2011 BIKE
Wow! Of course I havn’t seen it first-hand but after doing some research on the area this could well be one of the more sensational bike courses among Ironman races.
First of all it’s just one loop, so if you don’t like it the first time the good news is you don’t have to do it a second time before putting your running shoes on.
Secondly, the course will take cyclists West though the fabulous Woodlands and then head in a Northerly direction thought the rolling farmlands of East Texas.
The course winds its way through the National Forest before heading back toward the Woodlands.
It really has all the ear-marks of being a great bike course that will suit many triathletes who are fast on the flats and rolling hills and not great climbers.
IRONMAN TEXAS 2011 RUN COURSE
The run course is more like most of the Ironman run courses in the world in so far as it involves three loops.
The entire marathon will take place within the confines of the Woodlands. Much like the bike course, the run course will be mostly flat.
Two of the loops will take place in the Woodlands and there will be a final leg that will take the athletes towards the finish on Market Street.
IRONMAN TEXAS CUT-OFF TIMES
There are several unique cut-off times to be aware of in Ironman Texas.
Like most races, the swim cut-off time is 2 hours and twenty minutes. Athletes must be on the bike course within 2 hours thirty-five minutes from the start of the swim(9:35 a.m.).
This is where the cut-off times differ from most Ironman races. Most Ironman races have a swim/bike combined cut-off time, but in the case of Ironman Texas 2011, there is a half-way cut-off point on the bike and athletes must reach Mile 60 before 1:40 p.m.
There could well be other Ironman races with this “half-way” bike cut-off that I am not aware of, but the important thing is to be aware of it in Ironman Texas if you feel your bike time will be an issue for you as far as making the cut-off.
The next cut-off time is ten and half hours total time from the start of the swim, which means the bike/run transition must be reached by 5:30 p.m.
If you do not meet the 60 mile cut off you will be required to ride back in the SAG vehicle. The next cut-off time requires athletes to be in transition by 5:30 p.m.
The third lap of the run must be started by 10 p.m. or runners will not be permitted to continue on in the race.
The total amount of time allowed for the finish is 17 hours.
PRO MALE ENTRIES IN IRONMAN TEXAS 2011
1 Chris Lieto 2 Luke Mckenzie 3 Rutger Beke 4 Eneko Llanos 5 Michael Lovato 6 Timothy Odonnell 7 Luke Bell 8 Jason Shortis 9 Sergio Marques 10 Petr Vabrousek 11 Jan Raphael 12 Jozsef Major 13 Matthew Russell 14 Torsten Abel 15 Balazs Csoke 16 Justin Daerr 17 Trevor Delsaut 18 Lewis Elliot 19 John Flanagan 20 Raul Furtado 21 Rene Goehler 22 Romain Guillaume 23 Hirotsugu Kuwabara 24 Mike Neill 25 Hiroyuki Nishiuchi 26 Steve Osborne 27 Sebastian Pedraza 28 Daniel Schmoll 29 Brad Seng 30 Tim Snow 31 Markus Strini 32 Axel Zeebroek 33 Jerome Bresson 34 Pedro Gomes 35 Allan Villanueva
PRO MALE ENTRIES IN IRONMAN TEXAS 2011
45 Linsey Corbin 46 Jessica Jacobs 47 Kelly Williamson 48 Sofie Goos 49 Catriona Morrison 50 Dede Griesbauer 51 Tyler Stewart 52 Joanna Lawn 53 Kim Loeffler 54 Corinne Abraham 55 Teri Albertazzi 56 Miranda Alldritt 57 Olja Bregar 58 Tine Deckers 59 Eva Dollinger 60 Desiree Ficker 61 Alison Fitch 62 Michaela Giger 63 Jacqui Gordon 64 Lauren Harrison 65 Mackenzie Madison 66 Maki Nishiuchi 67 Sharon Schmidt-Mongrain 68 Sarah Schuetz 69 Emi Shiono 70 Caroline Smith 71 Danielle Sullivan 72 Mirjam Weerd
Chris Lieto is coming off a strong win with a time of 3:45:37 in the Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3 Texas on Sunday April 10, 2011.
Chris should be off the bike and on the run course first in Ironman Texas 2011 especially coming off a 2:02 bike split in his recent victory.
The profile of the bike course fits Chris and it would be a surprise if we do not see him off the bike course first or very close to first on May 21, 2011
However, Timothy O’Donnell closed fast in the run in the Texas 70.3 race and will be a major factor in the Ironman and with the added distance could be a serious threat to win the race or at least break into the top three.
O’Donnell used a 1:12:21 run split to run his way to the podium in the Texas 70.3 race.
Balasz Csoke a young Hungarian Pro who turned pro at the beginning of 2011.
He finished in 17th place in Clear Water in November, 2010 and raced well in 70.3 races early in 2011 in Chile and South Africa where he had 5th place finishes.
Despite a quad injury Csoke managed a 10th place finish in Ironman South Africa 2011.
Kelly Williamson had a third place finishes in the Lonestar 70.3 National Championship and in her Ironman debut in Coeur d’Alene in 2010.
Kelly was sensational in the Rev3 Quassy last year and was second only to Mirinda Carfae. She also beat Samantha Warriner and Julie Dibens.
Kelly has her sites set firmly on Kona, Hawaii where she hopes to do well in the Ironman World Championships.
Jessica Jacobs, the ex-military mom who is living her Ironman dream is a serious contender for the upcoming Ironman Texas 2011 race.
Jacobs won Ironman Florida in a time of 9:07:49 ahead of Hungarian triathlete Erica Csomor and American Kim Loeffler.
It was a strong marathon split that propelled her to victory and if Jessica can maintain that form she could well find herself on the winner’s podium again.
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