Ironman Coeur D’alene
June 27, 2011 by staff
Ironman Coeur D’alene, Craig Alexander promised maximum effort Sunday at Ironman Coeur d ‘, but the two times world champion was not sure what would. It was the best ever in the case of nine years old. Alexander was a little faster than the previous record of bicycles – which was destroyed by Maik Twelsiek – and shaved about a minute marathon record. Approaching a record 8 hours, 19 minutes, 48?? Seconds, nearly 4 minutes faster than the previous record of 2.4 miles swimming, 112 km bike and 26.2 mile run.
“I was willing to give 100 percent of what it was, but I did not know what that was,” said the 2008 champion and 2009 who missed her scheduled season debut two months ago in his native Australia to cause of a viral infection that cost him a month of training.
“I think what we saw today was my residual fitness from 16 weeks of incredible workout. Then he got sick and had four weeks off. Maybe that was a blessing, refreshing me. Sometimes a break is just what the doctor ordered, so to speak. ”
Twelsiek, who is from Germany, was second in 8:24:59 and two-time winner and local favorite Tom Evans of Penticton, BC, was third another 25 minutes back.
“The two guys are in a completely different level,” said Evans, who last won in 2008. “Even at my best I was not as good as the two boys. … They are athletes Level I usually do not come to the races of this type, they usually do great. … It was pretty amazing to see what they did. ”
There was also a record in the women’s side, but settled in the fashionable otherwise.
Julie Dibens of England dominated until the middle of the race, when Bonk and had to walk. However, he recovered and broke the previous record by 74 seconds, finishing in 9:16:40, nearly 13 minutes ahead of Caitlin snow. Spokane Haley Cooper, Scott was 40 minutes back in third.
The key was shaving 7 minutes off the record of bicycles, which at one point placed fourth overall and more than half an hour ahead of the snow.
“I had mixed emotions on the day,” said Dibens, a veteran triathlete including two Olympic games, just her second race at this distance. “I had a good bath, a great bike and I felt very well in the race. Then I got a really bad stretch for about 3 miles. I think I ran out of calories.”
Alexander, who celebrated his 38th birthday Wednesday, left the water Twelsiek, about 90 seconds behind Evans, and then observed Twelsiek just roll away, finishing in 4:29:10. The effort Twelsiek, 30, ill and not available after the race.
“He had a great race today,” said Alexander. “They said I broke the course record bike and left me behind, so it crashed. It’s a brilliant rider, one of the best.”
Make a double-digit deficit is not unusual for Alexander, but not a fact, either.
“You never know,” he said. “Even when I called Maik, I think 14 miles, you still have 12 miles to go.”
He credited the crowd helped him get to the course record.
“I felt good until 5 or 6 miles to go when I started to push a little,” he said. “Public support helped me was an incredible atmosphere. I’ve run all over the world, but have not run in many environments and, perhaps Kona.
“People in the city and even out of the loop cycling is simply amazing. There is a huge difference and I know that athletes really appreciate it.”
The race was how Evans hopes that is not all good.
“I could not have asked for a better day. It was a good day, strong and steady. I had no low at all,” he said, adding: “It was bad enough they arise and ruin my day. It was not even a career. I just let go. I knew before the gun went off was a race for third place. ”
He finished nearly 13 minutes ahead of Brian Hadley for Coeur d’Alene, who ended his career sixth in local 9:02:44, a career-high 22 minutes in his pro debut.
“That was very clear. I wish I was so out of it, so I could have appreciated a bit more,” he said of his local section cheering.
In Ecuador the bicycle race, Dibens was only 8 minutes behind Evans and 24 to the snow.
“You have to make your own race if you are the leader or the hunter,” said Snow, 28, of Brockton, Mass., whose husband, Tim, was sixth. “If bicycle and ended up flying and came to have a tough race, maybe I could have caught it.”
Dibens, an All-America swimmer in the state of Louisiana in the mid 1990′s, left the water for a fifth of 4 minutes, and then went to work, ride a bike in 4:52:18.
“That bike course is amazing,” he said. “I probably ended up riding a little too hard, because I was having too much fun out there.”
That may have played an important role in the fight, although it could have be in the midst of male or inexperience, accentuated because the other full Ironman distance in 2009 was 70.3 wet champion Kona last October where he was third.
“It helps my confidence,” he said. “I wanted to come here and learn as much as I could. To come here and win shows I’m in the right direction. … It (also) shows that we still have much work to do if we want to be competitive in Kona.”
Fans were up Douglas Maclean, of Boulder, Colo. (9:19:09) and Sarah Piampian New York City (10:03:37). The local finalists were better than Spokane – Sam Picci, ninth (9:31:31) and Pamela Schultz, seventh (10:47:07).
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