The tough conditions at this year’s Ironman Hawaii were plain to see, with strong sea currents for the swim, gusty crosswinds blowing across the Queen K highway and daytime temperatures peaking above 30°C.
We asked renowned tri statistician Raymond Britt (founder of RunTri.com) to crunch the numbers for us, and his findings reveal that average finish times hit 11:35hrs this year, up from 11:06hrs in 2013 and 11:32hrs in 2012:
The picture was broadly the same across all categories, with only the pro men managing to equal their 2013 average time of 8:50hrs:
Of the 21 categories racing last Saturday, ten of them came in below the average time of 11:35hrs:
Looking at the average splits across the three disciplines (plus transitions), the biggest increases were on the bike leg:
Average bike splits varied this year from 4:42hrs for the pro men to 7:35hrs for W60-64:
(Main image: Paul Phillips)
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Did you race in Hawaii last weekend? How did you get on? Let us know in the comments!