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  • Jordan Rapp averaged 25.97 mph through the first loop of the bike here today. That would net him a 4:18 bike split - not nearly as fast as the 4:06 he figured he could ride today. There's been a huge discrepancy between his pacing - heading out to the turnaround he's averaging 23 mph at times, then on the way back he was averaging 32 mph at times, enjoying the benefits of a tailwind, obviously. It'll be interesting to see how things develop on the bike course as the day progresses and the winds start to pick up some more.
  • #IMArizona The only woman gaining time on Meredith Kessler is Lisa Huetthaler who is third @ 6:50. Stevens still 2nd @5:32.
  • #IMArizona A new leader in the men's race - Clemente Alonso McKernan's turn up front ahead of Matthews and Kahn. Rapp in 4th, 38 secs back.
  • After a disappointing race in Kona, Tim O'Donnell can't afford to be losing time on the men ahead at this point in the ride. That said, the American is likely to be one of the fastest runners here today, so he's certainly still in the mix. The thing to remember, though, is that one of Jordan Rapp's best wins came in Texas a few years ago when he ran his way to the title, so he's no slouch on the run front. Paul Matthews is also a strong runner, so O'Donnell has some speedsters up ahead that he'll need to keep in touch.
  • Here are the first 17 women's splits through the first loop of the bike. the only woman making up any ground on leader Meredith Kessler is Lisa Huetthaler, who has made up 1:34 since the start of the bike.

    1 2:26:31 65 Meredith Kessler USA
    2 2:32:03 5:32 93 Amanda Stevens USA
    3 2:33:20 6:50 67 Lisa Huetthaler AUT
    4 2:33:22 6:52 84 Carrie Lester AUS
    5 2:33:43 7:13 77 Christina Jackson USA
    6 2:35:41 9:10 70 Katy Blakemore USA
    7 2:36:42 10:11 69 Heather Jackson USA
    8 2:37:02 10:32 76 Malaika Homo USA
    9 2:39:35 13:05 72 Kathleen Calkins USA
    10 2:40:37 14:06 91 Jessica Smith USA
    11 2:41:36 15:05 90 Laura Siddall GBR
    12 2:42:22 15:52 85 Mackenzie Madison USA
    13 2:42:37 16:06 78 Sarah Jarvis USA
    14 2:43:04 16:34 66 Uli Bromme USA
    15 2:44:06 17:36 79 Danielle Kehoe USA
    16 2:47:36 21:05 92 Jacqui Gordon USA
    17 2:47:37 21:06 82 Carolin Lehrieder DEU
  • #IMArizona Lisa Huetthaler has made up 1:34 on the first loop of the bike, but it doesn't look like she'll pass Kessler on the bike.
  • Lisa Huetthaler ran a 3:07 marathon to finish third at Ironman Austria earlier this year. Meredith Kessler ran a 3:08 in winning Ironman New Zeland. Both have taken a bunch of 70.3 titles through this year (Huetthaler won Luxembourg, St. Polten and 70.3 Mallorca, while Kessler won Mont-Tremblant, St. George and Vineman) all with decent run splits. If Lisa Huetthaler is going to challenge for the win today she'll need to be much closer off the bike than the current splits suggest she's going to get.
  • #IMArizona- Le Ziebart

  • #IMArizona- My personal philosophy? No pain...no pain.

  • Through 45 miles of the women's race Meredith Kessler continues to lead. Behind her are:
    Stevens @ 6:20
    Huetthaler @ 6:44
    Lester @ 7:54
    Christina Jackson @ 8:42
    Blakemore @ 10:15
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  • What's the most common name in the field?

    Last name:
    JOHNSON 20 0.6%
    MILLER 16 0.5%
    ANDERSON 15 0.5%
    SMITH 13 0.4%
    JONES 12 0.4%
    MARTIN 11 0.3%
    RODRIGUEZ 10 0.3%

    First name:
    MICHAEL 75 2.4%
    DAVID 68 2.1%
    JOHN 52 1.6%
    JENNIFER 22 0.7%
    SUSAN 15 0.5%
    LISA 13 0.4%
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  • #IMArizona Jordan Rapp is in the lead at 56 miles! He's riding with Alonso McKernan about 90 secs up on Paul Matthews.
  • Jordan Rapp has lit up the bike course here in Tempe. He's been threatening all week that he's ready for a fast bike split, figuring that his new helmet and race suit were good for about 8 minutes or so, which, when you're as fast as Rapp is on the bike is a huge time gain.

    The American did the first half of the bike in 2:02, which would give him a 4:04 bike split if he's able to hold that pace all the way through. That is moving!
  • #IMArizona- No takers...so far.

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  • Oh, and for that next question ... Jordan Rapp holds the bike course record here in Arizona - 4:14. Andy Starkowicz has the fastest bike split ever recorded at an Ironman race - his 4:02:17 at Ironman Florida last year.
  • The lead pro men through 56 miles of the bike:
    1 3:03:31 1 Jordan Rapp USA
    2 3:03:33 0:02 14 Clemente Alonso Mckernan ESP
    3 3:05:02 1:31 6 Paul Matthews AUS
    4 3:05:21 1:51 8 David Kahn USA
    5 3:06:07 2:36 7 Brent McMahon CAN
    6 3:07:10 3:39 4 Maik Twelsiek DEU
    7 3:07:11 3:41 3 Tim O'Donnell USA
    8 3:07:15 3:44 24 Markus Fachbach DEU
    9 3:09:58 6:27 46 Edo Van Der Meer NLD
    10 3:12:06 8:36 2 Viktor Zyemtsev UKR
    11 3:12:42 9:11 43 Jonathan Shearon USA
    12 3:13:03 9:33 5 Kyle Buckingham ZAF
    13 3:13:04 9:33 22 Marc Duelsen DEU
    14 3:16:38 13:07 49 Stephan Vuckovic DEU
    15 3:16:53 13:22 13 Christophe Bastie FRA
    16 3:16:56 13:25 10 Joe Umphenour USA
    17 3:16:59 13:29 44 Oliver Simon GBR
    18 3:17:33 14:02 25 Derek Garcia USA
    19 3:18:11 14:41 36 Horst Reichel DEU
    20 3:19:39 16:09 51 Nicholas Ward Munoz GBR
    21 3:20:30 17:00 56 Steven Zawaski USA
  • #IMArizona Through 65 miles of the bike it's still Jordan Rapp in front, 11 secs up on Alonso McKernan.
  • #IMArizona Meredith Kessler continues to roll along in the lead - she's gone through the halfway point of the bike in 2:29.
  • Through 66 miles on the bike Jordan Rapp is still in front with Alonso McKernan hanging tight in second. Then we have Matthews at 2:38, Kahn @ 2:55, Maik Twelsiek is @ 3:26 and Tim O'Donnell at 4:10. Of that group the runners are Rapp, Matthews and O'Donnell. This is going to be fun!
  • #IMArizona For the first time today Lisa Huetthaler has lost time to Meredith Kessler. She's in second now, but 7:28 back at 56 miles.
  • #IMArizona Amanda Stevens remains in third, but she's now 9:09 behind race-leader Meredith Kessler through the halfway point of the bike.
  • So this will get confusing soon - the two Jacksons are now in fourth and fifth in the women's race! Here are the splits through 56 miles for the women:

    1 3:19:52 65 Meredith Kessler USA
    2 3:27:20 7:28 67 Lisa Huetthaler AUT
    3 3:29:01 9:09 93 Amanda Stevens USA
    4 3:32:05 12:13 77 Christina Jackson USA
    5 3:32:56 13:05 69 Heather Jackson USA
  • #IMArizona Through two laps of the bike Jordan Rapp is well out in front with Alonso McKernan 33 seconds back. McMahon now in third @3 mins.
  • Here are the first seven men through 74 miles. The first 74 miles of the bike took Jordan Rapp 2:48:47, which now puts him on 4:12 pace for the bike. (There's a huge difference between the splits on the way out to the turnaround and then on the way back - both a slight elevation change and wind).
    1 3:39:00 1 Jordan Rapp USA
    2 3:39:32 0:33 14 Clemente Alonso Mckernan ESP
    3 3:42:02 3:03 7 Brent McMahon CAN
    4 3:42:40 3:40 4 Maik Twelsiek DEU
    5 3:43:09 4:10 8 David Kahn USA
    6 3:43:47 4:48 3 Tim O'Donnell USA
    7 3:43:49 4:50 24 Markus Fachbach DEU
  • Jordan Rapp makes his move on the bike. Photo: Nils Nilsen.

  • What happened to Lisa Huetthaler? She either got a penalty or had a mechanical issue - she's now back to third behind Amanda Stevens. Here are the splits through 65 miles:
    1 3:37:17 65 Meredith Kessler USA
    2 3:47:01 9:44 93 Amanda Stevens USA
    3 3:49:02 11:46 67 Lisa Huetthaler AUT
  • #IMArizona - We had 2,647 finish the swim this morning.
  • Here are the age group men's leaders through the halfway point of the bike:
    1 3:25:12 657 Adam Zucco USA
    2 3:25:14 0:02 654 Trevor Galvin USA
    3 3:29:02 3:51 301 Larry Hasson CAN
    4 3:31:58 6:46 1761 Timothy Livolsi Jr USA
    5 3:32:25 7:13 2588 Leo Carrillo USA
    6 3:33:38 8:27 162 Doug Nowak USA
    7 3:33:39 8:28 3228 Andres Rosales USA
    8 3:33:56 8:44 770 Scott Iott USA
    9 3:35:10 9:59 842 Steve Johnson USA
    10 3:35:29 10:17 758 Bradford Austin USA
  • Here are the top 10 age group women through 47 miles of the bike:
    1 3:15:00 1308 Cathy Yndestad USA
    2 3:16:07 1:07 647 Amanda Wendorff USA
    3 3:19:27 4:27 1327 Peggy Burns USA
    4 3:22:24 7:24 169 Kristine Juno USA
    5 3:23:16 8:16 3209 Tanya Salomon CAN
    6 3:23:49 8:49 747 Christina Feliz USA
    7 3:24:35 9:35 3198 Courtney Hayes USA
    8 3:26:04 11:05 801 Lynsey Fugate USA
    9 3:26:36 11:37 746 Robyn Hardage CAN
    10 3:26:51 11:51 1209 Sara Bennett USA
  • Here are the first 8 pro women through 65 miles. Whatever happened to Lisa Huetthaler has certainly helped Meredith Kessler's cause as she goes after her first Iroman Arizona title. She now has a commanding lead.
    1 3:37:17 65 Meredith Kessler USA
    2 3:47:01 9:44 93 Amanda Stevens USA
    3 3:49:02 11:46 67 Lisa Huetthaler AUT
    4 3:50:11 12:54 69 Heather Jackson USA
    5 3:50:27 13:11 77 Christina Jackson USA
    6 3:53:02 15:45 70 Katy Blakemore USA
    7 3:55:51 18:35 76 Malaika Homo USA
    8 3:58:23 21:06 72 Kathleen Calkins USA
  • #IMArizona Through 82 miles Rapp's lead is up to 46 secs on Alonso McKernan. Then McMahon @ 2:56 and O'Donnell @ 5:04
  • #IMArizona Through 65 miles of the age group men's race Adam Zucco and Trevor Galvin are dukin' it out - only three seconds separate them.
  • First 5 age group men through 65 miles:
    1 3:43:37 657 Adam Zucco USA
    2 3:43:39 0:03 654 Trevor Galvin USA
    3 3:47:42 4:05 301 Larry Hasson CAN
    4 3:49:39 6:03 2588 Leo Carrillo USA
    5 3:49:59 6:22 1761 Timothy Livolsi Jr USA
  • #IMArizona Through 2 loops of the bike Meredith Kessler leads Amanda Stevens by 10:40. Lisa Huetthaler third @12:40.
  • Through 84 miles the men's race continues to be the Jordan Rapp show. A lot of folks have been watching Viktor Zyemtsev, who has been known to run his way through the field. He'll have his work cut out for him today, though - he's already 12 minutes down in 11th spot.
    1 4:03:16 1 Jordan Rapp USA
    2 4:04:28 1:12 14 Clemente Alonso Mckernan ESP
    3 4:06:37 3:21 7 Brent McMahon CAN
    4 4:06:41 3:26 4 Maik Twelsiek DEU
    5 4:08:54 5:38 3 Tim O'Donnell USA
    6 4:08:57 5:41 24 Markus Fachbach DEU
    7 4:09:38 6:22 8 David Kahn USA
    8 4:12:49 9:34 6 Paul Matthews AUS
    9 4:14:28 11:13 22 Marc Duelsen DEU
    10 4:14:36 11:21 43 Jonathan Shearon USA
    11 4:15:14 11:59 2 Viktor Zyemtsev UKR
    12 4:15:17 12:02 46 Edo Van Der Meer NLD
    13 4:18:16 15:01 13 Christophe Bastie FRA
  • A total unknown today is Brent McMahon, the Canadian Olympian who is competing in his first full-distance race today. McMahon has ripped up numerous 70.3 races during his impressive career, including a dominating win at the US Pro Championship in St. George last year. He remains in a great position towards the end of the bike.
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