Four common Ironman Triathlon swim obstacles

Taking on the Ironman Triathlon challenge can be pretty daunting and here are four common Ironman Triathlon swim obstacles triathletes often encounter.

There are many people who want nothing more than to reach the finish line of an Ironman Triathlon, but swimming is something that is not their strong suit. As a matter of fact, they might find the thought of swimming 2.4 miles in the open water extremely daunting.

For some, it is so scary that they deny themselves the opportunity of attempting to become an Ironman simply because of the swim.

However, with proper preparation and some insight as to what to expect, the Ironman Triathlon swim and the obstacles that are normally encountered(especially by the novice Ironman)can be overcome.

Four common Ironman triathlon swim obstacles

Ironman Canada swim start. A lot of out of control heart-rates here.

APPREHENSION LEADING UP TO THE IRONMAN SWIM START

On the surface many triathletes may appear to be calm and collected as they wait for the Ironman swim start gun, but often their heart is racing and they are filled with a special kind of dread.

Failure to relax has a way of starting your entire Ironman off on the wrong foot. Apprehension, excitement, and fear all tend to lead to an escalating heart-rate. This in turn starts to drain valuable energy that you are really going to need–and the race hasn’t even started yet.

Preparation for your Ironman swim goes far beyond doing endless laps in the pool month after month.

Having the proper mind-set will help you deal with pre-race jitters, and it’s something you have to work at.

Most likely you have done everything possible to physically prepare in those weeks and months that you swim train and it’s just as important to continually remind yourself that no matter what unfolds on race morning, you will stay calm.

Visualization is a great mental training tool and just laying down and relaxing and imagining yourself at the swim start on race morning being calm and cool and breathing deeply and keeping your heart-rate in check will reinforce that exact behavior in your mind.

If you do it often enough, you will eventually be pre-conditioned for exactly what will transpire on race morning. Visualization is a powerful training tool that is often over-looked.

REALITY HITS THE MOMENT YOUR HEAD GOES UNDERWATER

No matter how many hours of pool-time you have put in or how many open water swims you have done with training buddies back home, the moment your head goes under that water after the Ironman start gun sounds you will feel like you are in some strange, new dimension.

It’s almost like an out-of-body experience and it’s very difficult to explain, but anyone who has experienced it will understand what I mean.

I believe it’s because that one singular moment in time is a culmination of months, and often years, of preparing for this very moment.

I’m pretty certain it’s all the adrenaline and energy being exerted all around you and the realization that the time has finally come that makes it far different from anything you have ever experienced.

Four common Ironman triathlon swim obstacles

It’s like a strange, new world when the Ironman start gun sounds.


It’s also important to note that we are out of our element in the water and there is a certain lack of control. It’s not like biking or running where you can simply stop and lay down in the grass on the side of the road if you feel like it.

Part of what you might experience once the swim begins is anxiety caused by feeling there is no turning back and you are totally committed. But truthfully, did you not make the commitment long before race day to give it your best shot?

Managing the swim is part of the package and for people who are new to the concept of swimming 2.4 miles in the open water, it will stand as one of your most thrilling accomplishments ever once the dust has settled and you are an Ironman.

The important thing to remember is that these reactions are quite normal and as you settle into a rhythm you will begin to feel more comfortable and more in control of your destiny.

In your weeks and months of preparation when you are visualizing relaxing before the swim start, also visualize the challenge that is often presented in those first furious moments in the water and how you will remain calm and swim through it and it will help you immensely.

YOU ARE ALL OVER THE COURSE

It very likely that triathletes new to open water swimming and especially those new to the Ironman will end up swimming about 2.5 or 2.7 miles instead of 2.2 miles.

Four common Ironman triathlon swim obstacles

Learning how to get your bearings in the Ironman swim will help you maintain a straighter line.


As if it’s not a big enough challenge, people are adding a ton of distance onto their swim by not swimming in a straight line.

The best way to overcome this is to practice sighting on markers far in front of you when you are swim training.

I believe the very best method is to work on a head-up front crawl. This is something a lifeguard at a beach would be well-versed in.

If they are swimming toward someone who is in trouble and they want to keep them in sight and at the same time keep swimming toward them, they use the head-up front crawl. Your head and shoulders should actually be lifted out of the water so you can look above waves, swells, and splash from other swimmers.

It’s quite simple to learn and just takes a bit of practice and you will have it figured out. You can practice it in a pool or in the open water.

Normally when you breathe to the right for example, most of your head except for your mouth and nose stay in the water on every stroke.

Maintain your same stroke, but instead of turning your head to breathe, lift your head and shoulders right out of the water and look straight ahead. It will seem strange at first but it only has to be done for long enough for you to get your bearings and then you settle back into your normal breathing pattern.

Your feet may actually sink into the water as opposed to being in a stream-lined position, because it is best if you can raise your head and shoulders up out of the water while you maintain your swim stroke. By doing this, you will be able to see above swells, waves, and other swimmers.

This is a far better option than just stopping dead in the water and treading. For one thing, other swimmers might just swim right into you, but more importantly you will lose your forward momentum and that’s the whole reason for using this method of sighting.

If you take sightings every three or four hundred meters your are far less likely to wander far off course. Swimming in a straighter line will not only improve your swim time, it will also get you on dry land a lot sooner.

YOUR ARE RUNNING INTO OTHER SWIMMERS WHEREVER YOU TURN

So the gun sounds and your Ironman swim is underway and there are bodies and flailing arms and legs all around you.

It’s impossible to even complete a proper stroke because of the press of the traffic-jam of swimmers and the arms crashing down on your head, back and legs.

This is a defining moment for triathletes who are experiencing their very first Ironman open water swim.

It is like nothing they have ever imagined and often panic, fear, and anger are the predominant emotions and there is nothing about any of those three reactions that will help your cause.

Four common Ironman triathlon swim obstacles

If you want to avoid this, you might want to read my Ironman Swim Strategy.


All of these emotions will escalate your heart-rate and burn up energy by the bucketful.

Of all the things that can go wrong in the Ironman swim, this is by far the most preventable.

Almost without fail, in any Ironman race in the world, the bulk of the swimmers will finish somewhere between 1:15 and about 2:15.

There will be the faster swimmers who don’t have to worry so much about traffic because they can get out ahead of the main pack. Then there are those who might even wait for ten minutes after the gun before they begin to swim and are quite happy to finish any time under the official swim cut-off.

For the main mass of swimmers, traffic problems are caused by not having a plan established for proper positioning before the gun sounds. This is something that you should have worked out in your mind long before race-day even arrives, yet often it becomes a last-minute decision.

I will forever be convinced that taking an outside line with as few people as possible on your outside is the ideal strategy for having a low-stress, successful, and enjoyable Ironman swim experience.

I have included a few links below to articles I wrote about Benefits of Visualization for Ironman Triathlon training and an Ironman Swim Strategy that have helped many, many people around the world make it through the Ironman swim with flying colors.

I highly recommend you read both of these.

VISUALIZATION FOR IRONMAN TRIATHLETES
IRONMAN SWIM STRATEGY

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Carbohydrate depletion diet for endurance athletes

A carbohydrate depletion diet for endurance athletes was once popular among distance runners.

British distance runner Ron Hill was one of the first to attempt the carbohydrate depletion/loading diet. He used it in preparation for the marathon in the 1969 European Championship Marathon in Athens.

Although he was well behind as he began the final 6 miles of the 26.2-mile marathon, he eventually won the race easily. The diet did exactly what it was supposed to do.

In essence, the diet is done to ready the body for the stage of the race when glycogen is depleted. It’s at this point when most runners are hitting the proverbial wall. When everyone else began to hit the wall, Hill wasn’t. He easily passed the glycogen-depleted runners who were in front of him for most of the race.

TODAY MOST ENDURANCE ATHLETES DO THE LOADING STAGE ONLY

These days, most endurance athletes load up on carbohydrates in the days leading up to a race, but leave out the depletion part. By loading up on carbohydrates they are ramping up their glycogen stores. This is as it should be. Just the same, there is a point where you can’t store more glycogen. Once your stores are maxed out, eating more pasta in the days before the race won’t increase the amount you have stored.

Ultimately, most endurance athletes have enough glycogen to get them through about the first 18-22 miles of a marathon. This of course varies depending on how many miles are spent running in the anaerobic zone. Unfortunately this is where most runners spend their time as opposed to the more sensible and glycogen-conserving aerobic, fat-burning zone.

The main reason the carbohydrate depletion diet for endurance athletes lost favor over the years is because it was just too difficult. It can also be dangerous. If done properly, the depletion segment of the diet will leave a person in a very weakened state for a couple of days. This can result in injury or illness. At the very least you will feel crappy and a million miles away from running a marathon if you’re doing the diet properly.

THE TIMING OF THE DIET IS CRITICAL

If you don’t follow the diet exactly, there’s no point in wasting your time doing it.

When Ron Hill implemented the diet for the marathon in the Munich Olympic Games of 1972, his timing was disrupted by the terrorist attack. The race date was changed and it threw the depletion and loading out of sequence. As a result he did not have the race he was expecting.

I did go on this diet several times back in my marathon days in the late 70’s and early 80’s. So I know exactly how it feels to go through it.

THE DEPLETION PHASE

The process begins exactly seven days before your race. For this example we will assume your marathon is on a Sunday.

On the Sunday a week before your race your goal is to deplete your glycogen stores. A two hour or ninety minute run would accomplish this nicely.

carbohydrate depletion diet for endurance athletes

None of this during the depletion stage.


Once you deplete your glycogen stores, you do not replenish them. That means no more carbohydrates for you once you have done your depletion run. For the rest of Sunday, plus Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday all you eat is fat and protein. No simple carbs or complex carbs. No bread, cereal, pasta, rice, donuts……..well you get the picture.

Your diet will be eggs, chicken, beef, fish and any other foods that provide little in the way of carbohydrates that can be converted to glycogen for fuel.

On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday go for a 30-45 minute run. This ensures complete carbohydrate depletion and will become more and more challenging with each passing day. By Wednesday, you will feel like death. If you have done everything right, you will have zero energy and the thought of running for 30 minutes much less a marathon will seem eminently impossible.

THE LOADING STAGE

Begin the loading stage when you wake up on Thursday morning. Not Wednesday afternoon or at dinner on Wednesday. Thursday morning. If you begin loading to soon you screw up the depletion process and in that case, don’t bother going on the diet.

It’s almost remarkable how you can feel your energy level increase the moment you eat your oatmeal, toast, or/and hash brown potatoes on Thursday morning. It only gets better as you begin eating high quality carbohydrates Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Carbohydrate depletion diet for endurance athletes

Whole wheat bread is an excellent source of complex carbohydrates

If nothing else, trying this carbohydrate depletion diet for endurance athletes will once and for all educate you on just how important carbohydrates are as a source of energy.

For all those who write their books about how carbohydrates are bad for and unessential, I defy them to do the depletion stage of this diet and then run a marathon. Or for that matter, run around the block.

What a load of crap.

Going into a race devoid of glycogen stores is like getting in your car for a 100 mile road trip with a tablespoon of gas in the tank. It would be like trying to run a marathon on Thursday morning after denying yourself carbohydrates for four days.

I physically cringe when someone writes that carbohydrates are the root to all diet evil. They proclaim that it’s carbohydrates that are the major cause of obesity and poor health in general.

The reason for obesity in most cases is much simpler than that. If you consume more calories than you burn, your body will store it as fat for future use. That’s the message you are sending it. It doesn’t matter if those calories come from fat, protein, or carbohydrates.

As far as this carbohydrate depletion diet for endurance athletes goes, I believe it’s worth trying at least once if you’re are hard core runner.

Just be sure to spend a lot of time in your aerobic, fat-burning zone in the first half of the marathon. If you can do that along with this diet, you should be passing a lot of people who are walking, or running very slow, in the last five or six miles of the race.

You might also enjoy this article on complex carbohydrates for endurance athletes.

The Reluctant Triathlete

It’s once again time for the reluctant triathlete to consider making a leap of faith

With another new year about to begin, the flood of resolutions to become slimmer and fitter will once again resonate across North America.

It’s a mystery why people feel they have to wait until January 1 before considering improving their quality of life, but it is what it is. At least the magical date has succeeded in changing the lives of those who have stuck to their resolutions for more than a month. That in itself is cause for celebration.

Maybe all through the Spring and Summer of the past year you heard about, or perhaps witnessed, the achievements of family members, friends, or co-workers who have taken up the sport of triathlon.

Often you were in awe of their achievements and more than once you wished it was something that you could do. You convinced yourself that it was for the fitter, more athletic types and it was beyond your level of ability.

LOOKS CAN BE DECEIVING

When you look in the mirror, perhaps what you see is enough to convince you that triathlon is simply not for your. You’re out of shape, over-weight, and your body language proclaims you believe this is all you’ll ever be.

“What has my body done to me?” you ask yourself.

Not so fast. Your body has done nothing but do your bidding. The one in charge is you. You should be asking, “what have I done to myself?”

Whatever you did in your lifetime has been assimilated and delegated by your body according to your every whim. Every bit of booze, cigarettes, drugs, vitamins, health foods, junk foods, fat, protein, simple or complex carbohydrate has been dealt with as efficiently as possible. Your sedentary or active lifestyle has also been taken into account by your ever willing to please body.

It’s actually a miracle of creation how our body can adapt to the way of life we choose to follow.

Eat more calories than you burn? Whether these calories come from fat, protein, or simple or complex carbohydrates, your body will store them for future use. It assumes you’re eating the way you do for a reason and will do the logical thing. Extra calories will be converted to fat for future use and stored around the waist for easy access, and will eventually spread out from there.

reluctant triathlete diet

Save these for a treat after your first triathlon.


Do you sit around and spend much of your spare time watching T.V. or playing video games? Is the sedentary lifestyle more your cup of tea? That’s fine. Your body will assume you don’t need a strong heart to pump blood to working muscles because well, they’re not working. As a matter of fact, it will go a step further. Why keep idle muscles toned, vibrant, and strong anyway? If they’re not being used, it makes more sense to let them soften or fall victim to atrophy.

After all, this is the message you’re sending your body, and you’re the boss. Well, aren’t you?

So maybe you don’t like what you see when you look in the mirror. Maybe you think there’s no hope for you.

Nothing could be further from the truth. You weren’t always the way you are. It took years to reach this point in your life. What you see is what you are today. It has no bearing on what you can become tomorrow.

JUST WATCH THE METAMORPHOSIS!

Are you ready for positive change and ready to find the real you? Are you ready to believe in yourself?

Just watch the changes take place as soon as you take your life in a fitter, healthier direction. Make better food choices. Learn how to swim. Buy a used road bike for a few hundred bucks, buy a wind-trainer, and start spinning in your living room or basement. Take it outside when you’re ready.

walk then run

Just start somewhere. The sky’s the limit.


Not used to running or simply too out of shape? No problem. Start by walking with purpose around the block or on the bike path by the river. In a few weeks add some running into the mix. Run-walk, run-walk, run-walk. Maybe walk five minutes and run for two and repeat. As you get fitter, walk less and run more. It won’t be that long before you’ll just be running.

Your body will pick up on the new demands and immediately begin to compensate to comply with your wishes. Because after all. You’re the boss. Well, aren’t you?

Your heart will get stronger in order to pump blood to working muscles. Muscles will shed old tissue and be replaced with new. They will get strong and toned. Your lungs will get stronger too. They have to in order to compensate for the extra oxygen you need in order to increase your level of physical activity.

You’ll start burning calories for fuel and soon all your stored fat will begin to disappear. Complex carbohydrates will burn in the fire of the quality fats you eat and be converted to high-octane fuel.

You’re no longer a clunker of a car.

You are a Ferrari who is leaving the reluctant triathlete that was once you in your dust.

SET YOURSELF A GOAL

It’s always a good idea to have a goal in mind when you make the brave and life-changing decision to shed the chains of mediocrity and discontent and begin the search for the new you.

People are often amazed when they realize the potential that has been locked up inside them for years. They didn’t know it was there, because they spent their lives as spectators.

It was when they resolved to step onto the highway of self-discovery and accomplishment that their true selves began to emerge.

So, pick a race down the road as your goal. It can be a try-a-tri, Sprint Triathlon, Olympic Distance Triathlon, Ironman 70.3, or even an Ironman.

Pick whatever goal suits you, but be sure to give yourself all the time you need to prepare.

The important thing to remember is that the biggest accomplishment is getting to the start line, and not necessarily how the race itself unfolds.

Getting to the start line means that you have taken a risk. You are going into undiscovered territory, not knowing what the outcome will be.

That takes courage.

We learned to walk by falling down. If we never took that risk, we’d still be crawling.

Read about endurance athletes and food that fuels them.

Ironman 70.3 Taupo results 2017

Swim canceled and Ironman 70.3 Taupo results 2017 features 3km run, 90km bike, 21km run.

An Algae bloom discovered in Lake Taupo meant canceling the swim portion of the race and replacing it with a 3km run. The rest of the race stayed the swam with a 90km bike and 21km run to end the race.

New Zealand of course was well represented and it would be interesting to see if anyone could step up and prevent a New Zealand sweep of the podium. For the pro men, Michael Raelert of Germany can be tough if he’s on form. Sam Betten of Australia and Ben Collins of the USA could also enter the mix for a run at the podium.

MALE PRO START LIST

Braden Currie NZL
Mike Phillips NZL
Michael Raelert DEU
Sam Betten AUS
Dylan McNeice NZL
Ben Collins USA
Callum Millward NZL
Allister Caird AUS
Sam Clark NZL
Simon Cochrane NZL
Matt Franklin NZL
David Mainwaring AUS
Johannes Moldan DEU
Casey Munro AUS
Paul Cameron NZL
Alex Polizzi AUS
Tim Rea AUS
Chris Schroeder USA
Olly Shaw NZL
Matthew Slee AUS
Paul Speeed AUS

Braden Currie and Mike Phillips led the way for the pro men with times of 3:18 in the 3km run that began the race. They had plenty of company as the first ten men entered transition two with seven seconds of each other.

Mike Phillips finished the 90km bike with the lead. He was one minute ahead of Benjamin Collins as the run began. Callum Millward and Dylan McNeice were 2:30 back in a close battle for third place.

There was no catching Mike Phillips as he went wire-to-wire to take top spot on the podium in the Ironman 70.2 Taupo results 2017 with a winning time of 3:36:03.

It was indeed a sweep of the podium for New Zealand as Braden Currie and Callum Millward were second and third.

Laura Siddall of England and Jocelyn McCauley seemed the most likely candidates to challenge the strong New Zealand female pro entries for a spot on the podium.

FEMALE PRO START LIST

Laura Siddall ENG
Jocelyn McCauley USA
Gina Crawford NZL
Amelia Watkinson NZL
Rebecca Clarke NZL
Laura Wood NZL
Christen Brown USA
Christine Cross USA
Laura Dennis AUS
Rebecca Elliot NZL
Julia Grant NZL
Renee Kiley AUS
Indy Kraal NZL
Robin Pomeroy USA
Ellie Salthouse AUS
Kirrale Seidel AUS
Alise Selsmark AUS
Karen Toulmin NZL
Amanda Wilson AUS

Amanda Wilson took the early lead with a time of 3:42 for the 3km run to begin the race. Much like the pro men, she had plenty of company with a host of women less than ten seconds behind her.

Amelia Watkinson of New Zealand proved to be strongest on the bike course and came away with a lead of 28 over Laura Siddall who had moved into second place. Jocelyn McCauley was third, just 51 seconds behind the leader.

Amelia Watkinson had to fend off a strong finish my Jocelyn McCauley in order to cross the finish line first. McCauley was 1:17 behind her in second place, and Laura Dennis of Australia was full value for her third place finish.

Best age group male was Auckland’s Jack Moody, one of the country’s promising young runners, home in 7th overall in 3:44.53, on the back of a 1:14 half marathon. he finishes ahead of the remarkable Dan Plews, in the 35-39 years category, who was 8th overall.

The leading female age grouper was Marion Tuin from the Netherlands (30-34) in 4:28.10 in 21st ahead of Katherine Reardon (2529) in 4:31.27.

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 Mar del Plata results 2017

Two thousand Pro Points and prize money featured in Ironman Mar del Plata results 2017

The top age-group athletes in the race had an opportunity to claim one of forty 2018 Ironman World Championship slots.

The two-loop 3.8km swim was followed by a 180km two-loop bike, and a 42km marathon.

MALE PRO START LIST

lindez Oscar
Potts Andy
Amorelli Igor
Colucci Reinaldo   
Major Jozsef
Gomes Pedro
Matthews Paul
Chrabot Matt
Carvalho Fabio
Diederen Bas
Vinhal Thiago
De Elias Mario
Alfaro San Ildefonso Peru
Blanchart Tintó  Miquel    
Campos Lima Marcos    
arletto Christian   
Chavez Diego
Close Gregory   
Diaz Eduardo
Duran Gaston    
Fernandes Marcus    
Koutny Philipp
Liebelt Markus    
Müller Urs
Ohde Luis Henrique 
Pedraza Sebastian  
Risti Ivan
Sanchez Rodrigo    
Silvesttrin Frank
Sole Kyle
Svoboda Josef
Vasquez Diego

Ivan Risti led the way in the swim with a split of 48:51. He had plenty of company as the first seven pro men finished the swim within 16 seconds of each other.

TOP 10 PRO MEN SWIM TIMES

48:51.............Ivan Risti                                   
48:54.............Igor Amorelli                                
48:56.............Bas Diederen                                 
48:58.............Matt Chrabot                                 
49:02.............Fabio Carvalho                               
49:03.............Reinaldo Colucci                             
49:07.............Luis Henrique Ohde                           
49:15.............Frank Silvesttrin                            
49:16.............Miquel Blanchart Tinto                    
53:43.............Pedro Gomes

Igor Amorelli took control on the bike course and began the run with a lead of almost four minutes on Matt Chrabot. Reinaldo Colucci was just over nine minutes off the leaders pace in third place.

Matt Chrabot proved to be the strongest runner on this day and takes top spot on the podium in the Ironman Mar del Plata results 2017 with a winning time of 8:19:57.

Josef Major had an excellent run and came from off the pace to claim second place. His time was 8:26:03.

Igor Amorelli hung on for third place after leading by over four minutes early on in the marathon. His time was 8:27:11.

Tine Deckers of Belgium, Dede Griesbauer of the USA, and Magali Tisseyre of Canada seemed like the early favorites to take a run at the podium in the Ironman Mar del Plata results 2017.

For Tisseyre, much would depend on whether or not she could find the form that made her such a strong podium contender in years previous.

FEMALE PRO START LIST

undstrom Asa
Griesbauer Dede
Mack Danielle    
Piampiano Sarah
Donavan Jessie
Deckers Tine
Tisseyre Magali
Valentine Nicole
Brown Brooke   
Barrena Laura
Bugdol Ewa
Diawuoh Annabel  
Gregory Caroline   
Hansen Jennie
Livesey Caroline   
Mahn Bruna
McCoy Carrie
Rusch Maggie    
Tastets Pamela

To nobody’s surprise it was Dede Griesbauer leading the way out of the water after the 3.8km swim. She had a lead of about three minutes on Magali Tisseyre of Canada. Ewa Bugdol was just seven seconds behind Tisseyre. The rest of the field would have some work to do in order to catch the leader.

TOP 10 PRO WOMEN SWIM TIMES

53:08...............Dede Griesbauer                              
56:00...............Magali Tisseyre                              
56:07...............Ewa Bugdol                                   
58:54...............Pamela Tastets                               
59:14...............Tine Deckers                                 
59:19...............Bruna Mahn                                   
59:30...............Caroline Livesey                             
1:02:52.............Asa Lundstrom                                
1:03:12.............Sarah Piampiano                              
1:06:11.............Maggie Rusch

At the 125km mark of the bike it was Dede Griesbauer building on the lead she earned in the swim. She was almost nine minutes ahead of second place Tine Deckers. Sarah Piampiano was having an excellent race and was in a battle for third place with Asa Lundstrom. They were about 11 minutes behind the leader.

Magali Tisseyre of Canada fell off the pace and was in fifth place with almost 18 minutes to make up on the leader Griesbauer.

Dede Griesbauer was fastest in the bike and began the run with a lead of 7:39 on Tine Deckers and 8:19 on Sarah Piampiano.

Piampiano was on a mission right from transition where she posted a faster transition time than the two women in front of her.

There were two amazing results in this race for the pro women.

The first one was the outstanding effort by Piampiano to outrun both Deckers and Griesbauer to claim the top of the podium in the Ironman Mar del Plata results 2017. Her winning time was 9:11:03.

The second was by Canadian Magali Tisseyre who came out of nowhere to earn herself third place on the podium. She posted the fastest run split of the day for the pro women with her clocking of 3:07:42. She was 23:59 behind the leader after the bike.

Tine Deckers was second in the race in 9:24:37.

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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