A very quick look at the results from Ironman Australia this morning (it’s a holiday here in the UK). This year’s race looks to have been marginally slower than average for Port Macquarie with a quicker swim on a new course and a slower bike then usual. The impact wasn’t huge and as I’ve come to expect was less pronounced at the front of the pack. Here’s a few more details.
The comparative distributions above show this difference in split times for the 2014 race – swim is very slightly faster and bike is more noticeably slower. Run times also appear to be slightly faster this year, the difference being most obvious by the median, 50% point, of the field. The overall balance of these differences, most heavily weighted by the bike, is slightly slower finisher splits than the aggregate of the last 9 years.
As usual medians generally confirm the observations from the distributions: swim is a tough faster (not significantly), bike clearly slower and run somewhat faster. As is also usual this pattern is not universal across all the age categories, there are those that buck the trend. Professional times are broadly comparable in both swim and bike, but run splits were distinctly faster this year.
Finally to round out the analysis a look at the front of pack age groupers and likely Kona qualifying times. As is often proving to be the case the overall race trend (slightly slower than average) tends not to be as apparent among the fastest age group athletes. The majority of male and female categories are average or better in their top 20 results with the exception being the under 30s who mostly record slightly slower times than the average.
Extra Age Group Statistics
Details of the top 10 performances in every age group at Ironman Australia 2014 and for the previous 9 years. View or download the PDF (2MB) below
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For those who want to look at the full results and splits from Ironman Australia 2014 in more detail you can access them in spreadsheet form on my Google Drive.