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Comparing Every 2012 Ironman

The year is not quite over, there are three more Ironman races on the 2012 calendar: Arizona, Cozumel and a personal favourite Western Australia. I will fetch, graph and analyse results from each of them. But rather than waiting for fresh results I turned my hand to the task of retrieving the wealth of historical data buried in the Ironman Athlete Tracker. I won’t bore you with the details, it involved programming text books and hours spent at a text editor and command line, my coding skills have held up surprisingly well for a five year absence. More importantly it involved retrieving detailed results for every Ironman event of 2012 so far. There were one or two stumbling points and the quality of some of Ironman’s data raises questions, but I now have a full year’s worth of Ironman results.

But what to do with it all?

The volume is a little overwhelming and I intend to expand on it – working back through the years. Most likely it will end up in a database, the aim being to be able to do comparison both within and between races more easily. I can no longer complain about limited data sets, instead statistical knowledge is becoming my limiter; I’ve purchased a few books to help refresh distant undergrad knowledge. All of this is long term though.

In the short term, the obvious starting point was to take the concept of my last post – the charts showing the distribution of finishers for Ironman Florida, Hawaii and Challenge Roth, and to expand that to include all of this year’s Ironman races.

No commentary – for now – just graphs. I will say that Ironman New Zealand 2012 was excluded as it was reduced to a 70.3, that Brazil lacks any detailed run splits for comparison (now fixed – realised I could at least get overall run times by subtracting other splits from finish time), and that the current in the Hudson river gives a huge advantage in an Ironman swim. Other than that I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions.

Ironman Melbourne 2012: Distribution of athlete finishing times by discipline and overall
Ironman South Africa 2012: Distribution of athlete finishing times by discipline and overall
Ironman St George 2012: Distribution of athlete finishing times by discipline and overall
Ironman Australia 2012: Distribution of athlete finishing times by discipline and overall
Ironman Lanzarote 2012: Distribution of athlete finishing times by discipline and overall
Ironman Texas 2012: Distribution of athlete finishing times by discipline and overall
Ironman Brazil 2012: Distribution of athlete finishing times by discipline and overall
Ironman Cairns 2012: Distribution of athlete finishing times by discipline and overall
Ironman Regensburg 2012: Distribution of athlete finishing times by discipline and overall
Ironman Coeur d'Alene 2012: Distribution of athlete finishing times by discipline and overall
Ironman France 2012: Distribution of athlete finishing times by discipline and overall
Ironman Austria 2012: Distribution of athlete finishing times by discipline and overall
Ironman Germany 2012: Distribution of athlete finishing times by discipline and overall
Ironman Switzerland 2012: Distribution of athlete finishing times by discipline and overall
Ironman Lake Placid 2012: Distribution of athlete finishing times by discipline and overall
Ironman UK 2012: Distribution of athlete finishing times by discipline and overall
Ironman New York 2012: Distribution of athlete finishing times by discipline and overall
Ironman Sweden 2012: Distribution of athlete finishing times by discipline and overall
Ironman Mont-Tremblant 2012: Distribution of athlete finishing times by discipline and overall
Ironman Canada 2012: Distribution of athlete finishing times by discipline and overall
Ironman Louisville 2012: Distribution of athlete finishing times by discipline and overall
Ironman Wales 2012: Distribution of athlete finishing times by discipline and overall
Ironman Wisconsin 2012: Distribution of athlete finishing times by discipline and overall
Ironman World Championship 2012: Distribution of athlete finishing times by discipline and overall
Ironman Florida 2012: Distribution of athlete finishing times by discipline and overall

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Comments

  • Russ Brandt

    Wow, great to see the “shapes” of all the 2012 races. One further analysis I’d like to see was the Kona qualifiers, or maybe top 10-15 in each agegroup. My thought is that looking at the overall results may wash out the trends that the top folks experience in each race. We could learn more about how the top performers raced each event if we looked at it this way.

  • Kona qualifiers would be tricky to do – unfortunately not recorded with the results themselves. Might be possible to manually do this. The top 10-15 in age groups would be possible – have to look into it. I could also produce a set limiting the age range/gender to clarify further. Another option would be to rank by percentage of fastest splits rather than by a specific time – that might remove some element of the difference in course relative speeds.

    Lots of potential with all this data, although I think I will need to look at better systems than Excel to really dig into it.

    Russ