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:
- 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
- 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.