Monday, December 12, 2011

2011 Hawaii Ironman



Did you get a chance to watch the 2011 Hawaii Ironman this weekend? What a motivating event! After watching it, every year I get the itch to get more serious about triathlon, maybe over the next couple of years it will become a priority again. We'll see.

Once again, Chrissie Wellington and Craig Alexander were the victors. At 38, Crowie was the oldest Kona winner ever. Chrissie made it 13 for 13 at the Ironman distance - that's domination. Crowie also became the first ever to win both the 70.3 and 140.6 World Championships in the same year.

Some interesting statistics regarding the 2 winners and this year's event:

Crowie:
  • Difference between his ride in 2010 and 2011: 15:30 faster this year
  • Crowie's margin of victory over Chrissie in 2009: 33:41, this year: 51:12
  • How many athletes who biked faster in 2009, 2010, 2011: 18, 11, and 1
Chrissie:
  • 2 torn muscles at the start of the race
  • Place on the bike: 6th
  • Place leaving the Energy Lab: 1st
The thing that I really like about both of these athletes is that they are a class act all the way - while serious about the sport, they each show incredible joy in competing. And Crowie is a family man all the way, which is something I can really relate to.

Sources:
http://triathlon.competitor.com/

10 comments:

  1. Couldn't find it on my TV. Maybe I don't have the right cable package, but I was terribly disappointed.

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  2. I was surprised to learn that last year there was a concerted effort to gang up on Alexander. Of course, he made them pay this year!

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  3. I was in awe watching Chrissie do her thing. It was nuts. And the men's race was great too - I just always feel badly for Chris Lieto. Every year, he just fades in the run. Poor guy.

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  4. They didn't show it in SA but they will at some stage early in the new year apparently.

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  5. Missed it, totally forgot to set the DVR, the whole 9 yards. Epic fail on my part. Maybe they'll move it over to Versus or Universal Sports to re-run it.

    Agree with Erika on Lieto - He's like the Red Sox were for decades. But they finally won it all, maybe he can too?

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  6. Don't even get me started on how mad I was with myself when at 2:30, sitting at the Lion King w/ my family, I realized I had forgotten to set the DVR. Can't believe I missed it!!

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  7. Amazing - both multiple wins - and old man Crowie at 38;)

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  8. Yes I watched it. Yes I cried. Yes I was totally inspired. The pros are super human, amazing, but those "normal" people stories simply kill me. How about that doctor stumbling and falling at the end and the veteran without legs below the knees? Incredible.

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  9. Chrissie is absolutely inspiring!

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