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  • Meet Jessica Jacobs

    Race favorite Jessica Jacobs has one of the more interesting backgrounds in the professional ranks. A former member of the US armed forces, Jacobs turned to triathlon a few years ago after the birth of her daughter and has quickly become a woman-to-watch at Ironman races here in North America.

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  • Brian Watkins's compelling story

    Since 2001, the Janus Charity Challenge has helped Ironman athletes raise more than $37 million for hundreds of non-profit organizations and needy causes across the U.S. By sharing some of the Janus Charity Challenge athletes' stories, Ironman and Janus hope to increase awareness about this unique program and to motivate future Ironmen to race for more than a medal. One those stories of an athlete participating tomorrow in the Ford Ironman Florida who is raising funds through the Janus Charity Challenge is Brian Watkins.

    Here is Brian Watkins's compelling story, in his own words:

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  • Max Longree - Just Glad to be Here


    Longree hasn't been around that long in the Ironman world, but he has certainly left his mark on anyone that has watched him race, or come into contact with him for any length of time. His enthusiasm and passion for the sport and lifestyle is infectious.

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  • Meet Rising Star James Cunnama


    James Cunnama is having an outstanding year in 2010. Though the year started out rough that saw the South African record a DNF at Ironman South Africa, a bike crash and a DNS at Ironman Austria. The 27-year-old has made amends and has more than salvaged his year in the last half of his race season.

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  • Quick Minute Q & A with Bryan Rhodes


    IronmanLIVE: You suffered a fairly serious injury to your Achilles last year. Did the recovery from that injury go faster or slower than expected? How has the injury impacted your performance? Are you 100% percent back from that injury?

    Bryan: It tend to recover very fast but I pushed a little too hard too early from pressure of sponsors and a looming race season. I've been trying to race at the level as I had before the injury occurred with mixed results. I'm 100% now but it's been a long frustrating road and very slow to find any racing form.

    IronmanLIVE: Will the new Kona qualifying rules impact the way you look at setting out your race schedule?

    Bryan: Yes it's changed the whole way we look at racing and planning our season. I think it's very tough to try and prepare for the world champs not knowing whether you've qualified or not until July, whereas before it was very clear cut.

    IronmanLIVE: Of all your Ironman wins, which one means more to you than others?

    Bryan: All of them have a large significance but the two that stands out the most was my IM Malaysia win on my 28th Birthday and also Ironman Canada, which was my first international Ironman triathlon outside of New Zealand.

    IronmanLIVE: You’re a great swimmer; give a tip for the middle of the pack Ironman athlete for open water Ironman race swims in the ocean?

    Bryan: Start with confidence, don't be afraid, and try and find your own space quite early to get into your rhythm. Start with a long relaxed stroke and build into it to go hard in the 2nd lap.

    IronmanLIVE: How has your preparation for Florida gone?

    Bryan: It's been a mixed preparation, a very hard time of the year to prepare as it's now very cold in Colorado where I usually train out of. Also I've been traveling a lot of late having been in Kona and then Austin for the 70.3, which didn't go to plan, so it will be interesting to see how the body responds come race day. I've had an unusual run of bad luck in recent races so am hoping for a change and a stroke of good luck in Florida.

    Bryan's Pro Swim Tip

    Bryan: Start with confidence, don't be afraid, and try and find your own space quite early to get into your rhythm. Start with a long relaxed stroke and build into it to go hard in the second lap.
  • Welcome to the 2010 Ford Ironman Florida

  • Welcome to the Ford Ironman Florida


    Welcome to IronmanLIVE coverage of the 12th edition of the Ford Ironman Florida in Panama City Beach, Florida.

    The Ford Ironman Florida has 2851 registered athletes for this weekend’s race representing 47 countries, and of which 1275 are first time Ironman. Women make up 671 of the participants while men have 2180. 2441 participants are from the United States, while the neighbours to the north, Canada, have 158 athletes starting tomorrow. There are 48 male professionals and 15 professional women.

    Greg Hanson from Plano Texas is the youngest male competitor who is 18 on race day. Our youngest woman is 22 year-old Danielle Romasko from College Station Texas.

    Frank Farrar, 81 at 81 years-old is our oldest athlete competing in Panama City Beach. Our oldest woman in the field is Celeste Callahan who is 68.

    The weather forecast for tomorrow's race is calling for clear skies with predicted high temperatures for the day of 63 Fahrenheit/17 Celsius, ideal for Ironman racing.

    Return to Ironman.com race coverage Saturday morning, at 6:30 A.M., CDT for our live race coverage. Greg Welch will be your video host with co-hosts Lisa Bentley and Matt Leito assisting. IronmanLIVE will be providing live video of the race action from the course as well as race analysis. Additionally, IronmanLIVE will provide live text updates, race photos and live athlete tracking throughout the day.
  • Good Morning from the Ford Ironman Florida

    Good morning. We are currently 20 minutes out from the start of the men and women’s professional race here in Panama Beach, Florida.

    The pro race is scheduled to start here at 6:50 a.m. CDT, 7:50 a.m. EDT. Our age group race will start at 7:00 a.m.

    The current weather conditions see clear skies and a temperature of 40 Fahrenheit/4 Celsius. This will make for a chilly first portion of the bike ride for most, however the forecast is looking like it will warm up for the competitors as they get further into the bike.

    The weather forecasts for today’s race is calling for sunny skies with predicted high temperatures for the day ranging from 63 Fahrenheit/17 Celsius.
  • Matt Lieto, one of co-hosts on the IronmanLIVE video show, is reporting the waters of the Gulf of Mexico are fairly calm compared to previous days. For our 1275 first-time Ironman athletes this must be good news.
  • The 2010 Ford Ironman Florida professional men and women’s race has started here in Panama City Beach, Florida.
  • Ford Ironman Florida Swim Course

  • There is a group of 5 have made an early break from the field. Dirk Bockel and Bryan Rhodes are leading the way.
  • The group of 5 continue to pull away from the field. We have been able to identify Dirk Bockel and Bryan Rhodes and France’s Jeremy Jurkiewiczare in this lead group .
  • The age group race has started here at the Ford Ironman Florida.
  • The lead pack of 5 are now heading back to shore for their first lap. They have extended their lead to 200 yards over a chase pack of about 15. Marilyn MacDonald is out on a boat spotting for us and is reporting that there some good swells out towards the turn-around buoys.
  • The group of 5 have completed their first lap. Bockel and Rhodes and Jurkiewiczare have a 2:00 lead over the chase pack of 10.
  • Bryan Rhodes swim tip

    Bryan Rhodes has proven to be one of the best swimmers at the Ironman distance in our sport over the years. The rougher the condition, the better the New Zealander likes it in Ironman swims. Rhodes tip for the middle-of-pack, age group athletes tackling the swim here in the Gulf of Mexico is:

    “Start with confidence, don't be afraid, and try and find your own space quite early to get into your rhythm. Start with a long relaxed stroke and build into it to go hard in the second lap.”
  • Bockel has just made a break and has a 30-40 yard advantage over Rhodes. It looked like there was a bit of confusion with the lead pack as they caught the back of the age group race when Bockel made his move.
  • Bockel is about to hit the shore here in the Ford Ironman Florida and continues to stretch out his lead here over a trio of chasers, one of which is Bryan Rhodes.
  • After the first lap

    1 22:51 46 Bockel, Dirk
    2 22:55 0:04 42 Jurkiewicz, Jeremy ST FERREOL FRA FRA
    3 22:59 0:08 38 Guillaume, Romain MONTMOROT FRA FRA
    4 23:03 0:12 2 Rhodes, Bryan RANGIORA NZL
    5 23:12 0:21 45 Wagner, Martin IDAR-OBERS RLP GER
    6 24:29 1:38 44 Fachbach, Markus KADENBACH RLP GER
    7 24:32 1:41 48 Gomez, Pedro LISBOA POR
    8 24:34 1:44 14 Landon, Damien COULAINES PAY FRA
    9 24:35 1:44 41 Sundberg, Swen HERZOGENAU GER GER
    10 24:36 1:46 8 Hovgaard, Esben ODENSE DEN DNK
  • After the first lap

    1 26:17 60 Collonge, Jeanne SAINT-ETIE FRA FRA
    2 26:23 0:06 55 Krebs, Meike FRANKFURT HES GER
    3 28:13 1:57 63 Loeffler, Kim COLCHESTER VT USA
    4 28:19 2:02 58 Ottosen, Karina COPENHAGEN COP DNK
    5 28:44 2:28 59 Basso, Anne NICE ALP FRA
    6 29:41 3:25 61 Gordon, Jacqui PT PLEASAN NJ USA
    7 29:42 3:25 64 Csomor, Erica
    8 29:44 3:27 52 Kozulina, Tamara LVOV UKR UKR
    9 30:41 4:25 57 Sullivan, Danielle BLUE POINT NY USA
    10 30:49 4:32 62 Jacobs, Jessica MAYLENE AL USA
  • Top 4 men out of the water

    1 46:50 46 Bockel, Dirk
    2 47:27 0:37 2 Rhodes, Bryan RANGIORA NZL
    3 47:35 0:46 38 Guillaume, Romain MONTMOROT FRA FRA
    4 47:36 0:46 42 Jurkiewicz, Jeremy ST FERREOL FRA FRA
  • Top 10 Men - Swim Finish

    1 46:50 46 Bockel, Dirk
    2 47:27 0:37 2 Rhodes, Bryan RANGIORA NZL
    3 47:35 0:46 38 Guillaume, Romain MONTMOROT FRA FRA
    4 47:36 0:46 42 Jurkiewicz, Jeremy ST FERREOL FRA FRA
    5 49:33 2:43 45 Wagner, Martin IDAR-OBERS RLP GER
    6 50:40 3:51 44 Fachbach, Markus KADENBACH RLP GER
    7 50:43 3:54 48 Gomez, Pedro LISBOA POR
    8 50:47 3:57 41 Sundberg, Swen HERZOGENAU GER GER
    9 50:50 4:00 14 Landon, Damien COULAINES PAY FRA
    10 50:52 4:02 34 Ruble, Zach MONROEVILL IN USA
  • Wocmen - Swim Finish

    1 55:06 60 Collonge, Jeanne SAINT-ETIE FRA FRA
    2 56:09 1:03 55 Krebs, Meike FRANKFURT HES GER
    3 57:45 2:40 63 Loeffler, Kim COLCHESTER VT USA
    4 57:54 2:49 58 Ottosen, Karina COPENHAGEN COP DNK
    5 1:00:29 5:23 59 Basso, Anne NICE ALP FRA
    6 1:01:10 6:05 61 Gordon, Jacqui PT PLEASAN NJ USA
    7 1:01:23 6:17 52 Kozulina, Tamara LVOV UKR UKR
    8 1:01:25 6:20 64 Csomor, Erica
    9 1:04:37 9:31 62 Jacobs, Jessica MAYLENE AL USA
    10 1:04:37 9:32 57 Sullivan, Danielle BLUE POINT NY USA

  • Bike - 10 Miles - Men

    Romain Guillaume (#38) is the current leader. He is followed by:
    * Bryan Rhodes (#2) at 1:24
    * Dirk Bockel (#46) at 1:25
    * Jeremy Jurkiewicz (#42) at 1:26
    * Swen Sundberg (#41) at 5:16
    * Markus Fachbach (#44) at 5:17
    * Chris McDonald (#1) at 5:18
    * Pedro Gomez (#48) at 5:19
    * Zach Ruble (#34) at 5:20
    * Salvatore cali Borges (#47) at 5:21
  • Our spotters are reporting that it is still very cool out on the bike course and little or no wind.
  • Krebs leading women's race at 10 miles

    While Meike Krebs from Germany is our current women's leader. She is followed by::
    * Jeanne Collonge (#60) at 0:10
    * Karina Ottosen (#58) at 0:37
    * Kim Loeffler (#63) at 2:00
    * Erica Csomor (#64) at 4:02
    * Anne Basso (#59) at 4:42
    * Tamara Kozulina (#52) at 5:52
    * Jacqui Gordon (#61) at 5:53
    * Jessica Jacobs (#62) at 6:48
  • Jacobs moving up

    Not surprising, Jessica Jacobs is the biggest mover, making up 3:00 over the first 10 miles on the bike. The American set the bike course record here at in Florida in 2008.
  • Gullaume continues to lead the way and has put some distance on the field at mile 20 on the bike. The running order is:

    * Romain Guillaume (#38) is the leader.
    * Jeremy Jurkiewicz (#42) at 4:00
    * Bryan Rhodes (#2) at 4:02
    * Dirk Bockel (#46) at 4:04
    * Markus Fachbach (#44) at 6:42
    * Swen Sundberg (#41) at 6:44
    * Chris McDonald (#1) at 6:46
    * Zach Ruble (#34) at 6:48
    * Esben Hovgaard (#8) at 6:50
    * Pedro Gomez (#48) at 6:58
  • Ford Everyday Hero, Jack Chen, representing seeing impared athletes, is about 5:00 from exiting the 2.4-mile swim course! Matt Lieto, will be with Chen in T1 before the bike!
  • Men at 40 Miles

    Romain Guillaume (#38) continues to stretch out his lead.

    * Chasing the Gullaume is::
    * Dirk Bockel (#46) at 6:05
    * Bryan Rhodes (#2) at 6:06
    * Jeremy Jurkiewicz (#42) at 6:07
    * Markus Fachbach (#44) at 7:10
    * Chris McDonald (#1) at 7:11
    * Zach Ruble (#34) at 7:12
    * Damien Landon (#14) at 7:13
    * Swen Sundberg (#41) at 7:14
    * Pedro Gomez (#48) at 7:15
  • Karina Ottosen from Denmark is our current women's leader at 20 miles into the bike.

    The running order is:

    *:Karina Ottosen
    * Meike Krebs (#55) at 0:05
    * Jeanne Collonge (#60) at 0:48
    * Kim Loeffler (#63) at 1:58
    * Erica Csomor (#64) at 3:14
    * Jacqui Gordon (#61) at 5:00
    * Anne Basso (#59) at 5:15
  • We may have missed Jessica Jacobs out on the course at our last check. We will see if we can see where she is at our 30 mile check point.
  • Guillaume is continuing to put distance on the men’s field. He now has 7:38 now on Rhodes and Bockel at mile 45.
  • At mile 30, Karina Ottosen continues to show the way in the women’s race that seems to have tightened up a bit with only 6:00 separating the 8 top women. The running order is:

    * Karina Ottosen
    * Meike Krebs (#55) at 1:04
    * Jeanne Collonge (#60) at 2:50
    * Kim Loeffler (#63) at 3:33
    * Erica Csomor (#64) at 3:44
    * Jessica Jacobs (#62) at 3:50
    * Jacqui Gordon (#61) at 5:43
    * Tamara Kozulina (#52) at 6:00
  • Men at mile 50

    * Romain Guillaume (#38). Leading
    * Zach Ruble (#34) at 8:23
    * Dirk Bockel (#46) at 8:26
    * Chris McDonald (#1) at 8:27
    * Pedro Gomez (#48) at 8:30
    * Swen Sundberg (#41) at 8:31
    * Bryan Rhodes (#2) at 8:31
    * Markus Fachbach (#44) at 8:33
    * Jeremy Jurkiewicz (#42) at 8:35
  • At mile 40, Ottosen is still leading the women`s race. The running order is

    * Karina Ottosen (#58) Leader
    * Meike Krebs (#55) at 2:27
    * Erica Csomor (#64) at 2:55
    * Jessica Jacobs (#62) at 2:57
    * Kim Loeffler (#63) at 3:18
    * Jeanne Collonge (#60) at 4:33
    * Tamara Kozulina (#52) at 6:22
    * Jacqui Gordon (#61) at 6:48
  • Luis Alvarez, from Mexico is racing here today. This will be his 9th Ironman of 2010, and his 70th Ironman in total. The 48 year-old isn’t done with his season after today, as he can be seen starting the Ford Ironman Cozumel later this month.
  • Women at 50 miles

    Ottosen is still leading the women`s race, however Jacobs is moving through field and is now second, only 1:39 back of the leader.

    The running order is now:
    * Karina Ottosen (#58), followed by:
    * Jessica Jacobs (#62) at 1:39
    * Erica Csomor (#64) at 1:41
    * Meike Krebs (#55) at 3:02
    * Kim Loeffler (#63) at 3:38
    * Jeanne Collonge (#60) at 5:50
    * Jacqui Gordon (#61) at 8:01
  • At mile 60 in the men’s race, Guillaume is showing the way and is 8:25 ahead of a tight chase pack of 12. The pack contains Ruble, Bockel, McDonald, Gomez, Hovgaard, Sundberg, Rhodes, Fachbach, Jurkiewicz, Cunnama and Sundberg
  • :Romain Guillaume from France is still leading the men`s race at 70 miles. His lead has slipped at bit over the last 10 miles by just over a 1:00 to chase pack of 10. The running order is

    .
    * Romain Guillaume
    * Esben Hovgaard (#8)
    * Zach Ruble (#34) at 7:05
    * Dirk Bockel (#46) at 7:03
    * Chris McDonald (#1) at 7:05
    * Pedro Gomez (#48) at 7:06
    * Swen Sundberg (#41) at 7:09
    * Bryan Rhodes (#2) at 7:10
    * Markus Fachbach (#44) at 7:14
    * Jeremy Jurkiewicz (#42) at 7:16
  • Women at 60 miles

    Ottosen continues to leading the way in the women`s race here. Jacobs nipping at her heels only 56 seconds back. Csomor has biked her way into third and is only 1:13 in arrears. Loeffler (4:44) and Kozulina (6:05) round out the top five.
  • Guillaume’s is lead is shrinking from the pressure of the chase pack of 10 behind him. At mile 80, his lead has been reduced to 5:12 – 5:30.
  • Men at 80 miles

    * Romain Guillaume Leading
    * Jeremy Jurkiewicz (#42) 5:10
    * Salvatore cali Borges (#47) at 5:12
    * Dirk Bockel (#46) at 5:13
    * Chris McDonald (#1) at 5:16
    * Bryan Rhodes (#2) at 5:17
    * Swen Sundberg (#41) at 5:19
    * James Cunnama (#32) at 5:20
    * Markus Fachbach (#44) at 5:23
    * Pedro Gomez (#48) at 5:25
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