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GoPro IRONMAN World Championship - English Pro Race

  • Ian Mikelsen has flatted on the way down from Hawi.
  • From her SRM power data last year, Rachel Joyce appears to prefer pushing a bigger gear, with an average cadence of 78 rpm. TrainingPeaks says this is more of an issue of personal preference than performance, as a couple athletes within last year's top 3 finishers have also been known to pedal at lower than the "typical" range of 85-95 rpm. 
  • Luke McKenzie has just taken the lead, passing Andrew Starykowicz. We can't see Kienle in the picture - a few of our spotters have commented that it looks like McKenzie might be pushing too hard, which might be the case if he's managed to drop the two-time Ironman 70.3 world champ.
  • In the women's race super-mom Gina Crawford has dropped off the pace - she was with the group through the turnaround, but is now well back through 110 km. Crawford took most of 2011 off to have son Benji. She finished second at Ironman Cairns earlier this year.
  • Top Pro Women - Thru Bike Split 6 - 60.5 mi

    1 3:25:41 108 Meredith Kessler USA
    2 3:25:43 0:03 115 Amanda Stevens USA
    3 3:25:45 0:04 101 Leanda Cave GBR
    4 3:25:47 0:06 103 Caroline Steffen CHE
    5 3:25:48 0:07 131 Rachel Joyce GBR
    6 3:25:49 0:08 105 Jodie Swallow GBR
    7 3:25:51 0:10 119 Michelle Vesterby DNK
    8 3:25:52 0:11 112 Liz Blatchford GBR
    9 3:25:53 0:12 104 Gina Crawford NZL
    10 3:28:39 2:58 132 Amy Marsh USA
    11 3:30:01 4:21 111 Mirinda Carfrae AUS
    12 3:30:49 5:08 118 Yvonne Van Vlerken NLD
    13 3:30:53 5:12 102 Mary Beth Ellis USA
    14 3:32:20 6:39 123 Anja Beranek DEU
    15 3:34:19 8:38 107 Rebekah Keat AUS
    16 3:34:36 8:56 109 Heather Wurtele CAN
    17 3:34:40 9:00 124 Caitlin Snow USA
    18 3:34:42 9:01 120 Sofie Goos BEL
    19 3:35:07 9:26 114 Linsey Corbin USA
    20 3:41:24 15:43 128 Elizabeth Lyles USA
    21 3:42:35 16:54 133 Ashley Clifford USA
    22 3:42:59 17:19 137 Haley Chura USA
    23 3:43:24 17:44 113 Natascha Badmann CHE
    24 3:43:26 17:45 134 Sara Gross CAN
    25 3:45:08 19:28 116 Britta Martin NZL
    26 3:45:12 19:31 135 Rebecca Hoschke AUS
    27 3:46:19 20:38 110 Sonja Tajsich DEU
    28 3:47:30 21:49 136 Kim Schwabenbauer USA
    29 3:47:31 21:50 122 Mirjam Weerd NLD
    30 3:47:32 21:51 121 Jennie Hansen USA
    31 3:47:53 22:12 125 Jessie Donavan USA
    32 3:48:58 23:18 130 Anna Ross NZL
    33 3:49:47 24:06 126 Kristin Moeller DEU
  • Rachel Joyce has now taken the lead in the women's race - she's six-seconds ahead of Meredith Kessler.
  • Jodie Swallow's day near the front might be coming to an end - she's now walking.
  • Men's top 10 mile 2 splits

    **order of race may have shuffled but these are still the top 10

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  • Through four miles of the run, behind Joyce and Kessler, Vesterby is in third at 2:20, Swallow (who we know is walking) at 3:30, Steffen is at 4:30, Cave is at five minutes and, the big mover in the field, Mirinda Carfrae is at 5:50.
  • Mirinda Carfrae started the run 7:40 behind - she's making up 30 seconds per mile right now.
  • Women's leader Meredith Kessler's CycleOps power data is in from TrainingPeaks. Meredith averaged 3.6 watts/kg for the bike, very strong and higher than the 3.5 w/kg she held at Melbourne earlier this year. Her first half power was 223 watts, on the second half she held 204 watts. See her power file.
  • The lead women through 5 miles:

    1 6:28:28 131 Rachel Joyce GBR
    2 6:28:43 0:15 108 Meredith Kessler USA
    3 6:31:13 2:45 119 Michelle Vesterby DNK
  • We're about to see Frederik Van Lierde pass Sebastian Kienle to move into second place. The two had quite a battle for third last year - Van Lierde said he had to dig deeper than he ever had before to beat the German to the last spot on the podium.
  • Rinnie is on fire! Mirinda Carfrae made up 1:12 over the last two miles - she's on her way to the front of this race. Remember, though, that she was just a few feet behind Leanda Cave last year before her charge to the front stalled when she bonked. (She lost a water bottle with 1,000 calories in it during the early part of the run.) She certainly doesn't look like she might bonk today.
  • We are about to see the pass - Kienle looks like he's working really hard, while Van Lierde looks super-smooth. Right now this is Luke McKenzie's race to win. He maintains this pace and Frederik Van Lierde runs out of real estate for the win. If he slows down at all, Van Lierde will be ready to pounce.
  • Sebastian Kienle obviously has no interest in my script - rather than letting Kienle go by, he's pulled back ahead.
  • Well, so much for that effort. Sebastian Kienle wasn't able to keep up the pace - Frederik Van Lierde has managed to pull clear of the German.
  • Mirinda Carfrae continues to fly - she's now 5:15 behind race-leader Rachel Joyce through 6 miles.
  • Through 7 miles Rachel Joyce has opened up a gap of a minute on Meredith Kessler.
  • Through 14 miles the conditions continue to be the best we've seen in years - it's not particularly hot as they athletes near the famed Energy Lab. McKenzie remains in front, with Van Lierde now 2:40 behind and Kienle another 10 seconds back.
  • Here are more of the women's splits through 7.3 miles:
    1 6:43:14 131 Rachel Joyce GBR
    2 6:44:12 0:58 108 Meredith Kessler USA
    3 6:47:02 3:48 119 Michelle Vesterby DNK
    4 6:47:44 4:30 111 Mirinda Carfrae AUS
    5 6:48:05 4:51 103 Caroline Steffen CHE
    6 6:49:14 6:00 118 Yvonne Van Vlerken NLD
    7 6:49:16 6:02 105 Jodie Swallow GBR
    8 6:49:25 6:12 101 Leanda Cave GBR
    9 6:50:44 7:31 115 Amanda Stevens USA
    10 6:50:56 7:43 112 Liz Blatchford GBR
  • Mirinda Carfrea continues to fly through the field - she's now in third, having passed Denmark's Michelle Vesterby.
  • Luke McKenzie is now really starting to lose time to Frederik Van Lierde - the gap is now down to 2:06 through 15 miles.
  • Ironman legend Natascha Badmann did finish in 14th - an amazing achievement for the 46-year-old.
  • Mirinda "Rinny" Carfrae is the female women's @ironmantri champ! She set a course and race run record with a 2:50. Holy smokes. #IMKona - @iliveinyellow

  • Battle for first with 2013 Ironman World Champ Frederik Van Lierde of Belgium and Sebastien Kienle #ironman #triathlon #imkona @ironmantri @lavamagazine @gopro @nikon_photography_ @nikonphotographers

  • Way to go T.O . top American finisher #imwc #imkona #kona

  • so stoked for @lukemckenzie who crushed #IMKona & earned 2nd place in the world! yewww! (#regram from @aquasphere_swim) #triathlete #triathlon #hawaii #fitfam #fitspo #running #fitspo #inspiration #motivation

  • @triqball name up in lights #imkona #oakleylenstints

  • Congrats to my man Luke Mckenzie on coming in 2nd overall at #imkona! I just met him this past summer!! #stoked

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