Well this past weekend was Ironman Florida so first off congrats to the austinites that finished. I heard it was a choppy swim and a windy bike this year. So way to go everyone!
Austin Pro Brandon Marsh came in 9th overall in 8:42. (far right) and some of us had sushi tonight at Silhouette (monday night is happy hour sushi)
I can't help but notice that the times are getting faster of the years. If you won an Ironman 10 years ago it might be tough to even get a Kona spot nowadays. So I wonder why.
Several reason are obvious:
1. More people are getting into the sport so the pool is deeper
2. Payouts are better...slightly
3. Equipment or nutrition has improved
4. Popularity of the sport is booming
If you have a reason leave it in the comment box please.
Here are some past results of the overall male and the 10th place male.
8:37:58 (Austinite Jamie Cleveland and owner of Hill Country Running in 2000)
8:07:59 (overall fast year)
10th Place time:
8:35:39 (overall fast year)
As you can see the times are definately dropping. We even had a 23 year old win Florida this year AND it was his first Ironman. So everyone better get out there and train more.
Anyways on a completely different note did you hear about the new pro rules. To be a pro you have to pay $750 a year, but get free entry into M-dot races. The $750 goes toward drug testing which is non existant in todays races. Read more about the rule change HERE