A group of Bermuda triathletes are today ( Sunday 24th November) competing in Ironman Arizona and so far Louise Wells and Marie Dore have got the group off to a fantastic start after impressive performances.
Louise, who after performing extremely well on the international stage in her age group in Ironman 70.3 races, competed in her first Ironman today and was 2nd in the Female 45-49 age group in a fast 10 hours 33 minutes and 07 secs.
Louise was out of the water in 1 :18:08, a good swim in her weakest discipline, but after a typically fast bike of 5:22:20 she had moved up to 3rd. Louise then ran a very strong 3:39:54 marathon to finish a comfortable 9 minutes ahead of 3rd. Louise had trailed eventual leader Rebecca McKee by nearly 20 minutes but her run brought her to within 81/2 minutes of McKee at the finish line. McKee has been outstanding in this age group in multiple races and is a well recognised triathlon coach. Louise was also the 33rd woman to finish overall. Louise now needs to see if she qualifies with this result for the Ironman World Championships, her stated aim going into this race.
Marie Lyne was racing in the very competitive 35-39 age group and got off to a flying start with a strong 1 hr 3 min 46 sec swim which put her in 6th place in her age group. She then moved up to 4th going into the run after a solid 5:24:16 bike and was able to maintain that position to the finish with a 3:46:41 run for an overall time of 10:27:59, good enough for 29th overall out of all women competitors.
Kevin Ronaldson, also in his first Ironman, was a respectable 52nd out of 223 in the mens 35-39 age group in 11:27:18. He was 34th after the swim in 1:07:35 and 57th off the bike with a 5:34:12 clocking but made up 5 spots on the run with a 4:31:06 marathon.
Dianna White did not complete the race, which was expected as she entered the race knowing that she might not do so. Geoff Smith was an impressive 8th at mile 16 on the run but has not recorded a time since suggesting that a recurring calf injury may have forced him to pull out.
Still out on the course are Clifford Roberts who at the time of writing has just passed the 18 mile marker on the run, Chris Eaton, who is into mile 22 of the run and Graham Fowle, who has gone through mile 7.6 of the run.
Full results and photos to follow.