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Ironman World Champs 2009

Postby skoptic » Sat Oct 10, 2009 9:42 am

Come on..!!! It's Kona day today :-)

Anyone else interested? 'cause I'm from the UK, I'm looking for a british double, Chrissie Wellington (not much competition - she's the favourite) ... but it would be great if Phil Graves won in the men's race ... or just was the fastest bike leg. If not .. I'd like to see Macca win again...

It starts at 5:45pm UK time ... and we might be able to watch it from here ...

http://ironman.com/ironmanlive

(not sure if it's US only yet)
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Postby skoptic » Sat Oct 10, 2009 3:47 pm

OK .. I take it there aren't many vegan Ironmen on the forums then? :wink:
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Postby Mr. Cleetus » Sat Oct 10, 2009 5:37 pm

I'm watching! It's hard not to cheer for Wellington, eh? I've gotta hold out hope for Cam Brown though - and Torenzo too! I'd be nice to see Andy Potts do something too. Lotsa interesting people to watch. It'd be great to see Natascha come back and make Wellington work hard.

Too bad IMs new video coverage only works on windows and mac. arrggghh :evil:
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Postby skoptic » Sun Oct 11, 2009 12:48 am

Boo .. just lost video feed with 4 miles to go! It looks like the same result as last year ... good racing!!
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Postby Mr. Cleetus » Sun Oct 11, 2009 8:54 pm

yeah, what a great race! I was hoping Lieto would hold on, but it seemed a big ask. He did amazingly well tho. What a run by Carfrae!!
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Postby xrodolfox » Wed Oct 14, 2009 3:27 am

I missed it! I'm not reading the posts above because I haven't see the race yet and I'm holding out to watch it online when I next get the chance.

I was racing my own (sprint) tri that same weekend. ;)
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Postby IronGirl » Tue Oct 20, 2009 8:04 pm

Chrissie was fantastic, I thaught PNFs record would stand forever! Awesome!
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Postby skoptic » Tue Oct 20, 2009 8:26 pm

I know - she's in a class of her own isn't she!? 22nd overall too .... that's just mental. And then there's Cafrae's run ... who'd of thought Chrissy wouldn't post the fastest split?

So we have the long course female world champ (3rd year) and the short course male world champ who won every world champ race this season .. it's been a good year for the brit triathletes!
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Postby Mr. Cleetus » Tue Oct 20, 2009 8:56 pm

[quote="skoptic"]and the short course male world champ who won every world champ race this season .. it's been a good year for the brit triathletes!


Brownlee was freakin' impressive to watch run at worlds. He looked so smooth. Gomez looked pretty good too, but I think he didnt have a chance.
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Postby skoptic » Thu Oct 22, 2009 4:41 pm

Yeah - incredible considering he looks quite scrawny and young :D - they make 'em tougher up north (in the UK anyway!)

So - I'm not slating Brownlee's biking because I think he's a total worker - but is anyone getting slightly pissed off that the ITU is draft legal on the bike? It seems that quite often it's just down to the quickest runner these days .... I'd like to see a lot more non-drafting races, like they have in the US. That would show up quite a few of these athletes who hang on in the bike, just to power through on the run. I saw an interview with Brownlee after the season naming and shaming some of the guys who just sit back and wait .....
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Postby Mr. Cleetus » Thu Oct 22, 2009 8:30 pm

Yes, I am no fan of draft legal racing. I enjoy watching it but have no desire to do it myself (ahem, not that it would ever be an option). If teams would ever work together there is some possibility that its not all down to the faster runners, but when does that happen, eh?

Interestingly, I read some threads a while ago from Greg Bennett (one of the top non-drafting racers, former ITU champ as well) where he was talking about that he can actually find it harder to run off of the bike in draft-legal racing because of the higher peak power required. Interesting. It definitely seems to be a different sport.
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Postby MikayP » Sun Nov 29, 2009 7:32 pm

kinda late response but ya i watched most of it live...really fun to watch. was really rooting for lieto to hold on to it with the run, but craig was just too strong. i think chris can take it next year. he a few months of great running training with 2 hour marathoners and if he keeps that up he can take it

chrissie is just way too dominant. if she stays healthy im sure she's got a few more wins in her. can see how nbc will even try to make the womens race seem close
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Re: Ironman World Champs 2009

Postby MikayP » Tue Apr 27, 2010 11:27 pm

oh and yes, i agree that draft legal triathlons are kinda bullshit. i mean basically the main strat is not to become a super strong swimmer. just enough so that you are in the top, or second chase, bike group. makes me scratch my head when you have races where the top swimmer(s) get out of the water and just act so casually getting on the bike since they know that the chase group will just draft and catch up. its basically a runner focused sport in that area which is kinda sad where that sport is going.
from what i know they only did it so that it would make the olympic bike portion audience friendly. just hope they never make ironman distances draft legal
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Re: Ironman World Champs 2009

Postby xrodolfox » Tue Jun 01, 2010 9:55 am

^Well, it would be much better if they made all sports equal time as well.

...so that the WR for the distance swum was the same as the WR for the distance on bike and on the run. An equilateral triathlon. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equilateral_triathlon

But no one is doing them. As it currently stands, the sport is about doing all three sports, but in the Olympics it's about mastering the run, and in non-draft races its about mastering the bike.
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