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  • Our swim spotters are reporting that Ben Hoffman likely removed his cap due to warm water. That's one way to deal! #IMTX
  • The lead women's pack is turning into the canal opening now #IMTX. Joyce, Cave, and Blakemore. The three have a 1:00 lead on the chase pack.
  • The pro men are 400 m from the finish. #IMTX
  • 94% humidity this morning in The Woodlands. Those are some tough triathletes. #IMTX @IRONMANtri http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CFIE3kPVIAAThpU.jpg

  • The pro men in the canal.

  • First 3 out of the water: Barrett Brandon, Jeremy Jurkowicz, Al-Sultan into T1. Hoffman lost 45 seconds in the last bit of the swim.
  • Andreas Raelert is into T1 5th. #IMTX
  • Bestbikesplit and @TrainingPeaks gurus are using data to predict the bike times today. They say Rapp will bike 4:18, Hoffman 4:19, and Russell 4:21.
  • Bestbikesplit and @TrainingPeaks gurus are predicting Rachel Joyce's bike split at 4:46, Kelly Williamson at 3:05, and Sarah Piampiano at 4:52. How close will they be?
  • The IRONMAN Texas Bike

    The one-loop bike course will take athletes west through The Woodlands
    before heading north to the scenic, rolling farmland of east Texas.

  • Your swim impacts your whole race. Learn how to make it count:

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  • Rapp's out of the water now...
  • The pro women have 300 m left of the swim #IMTX
  • Macdonald, Rapp, and Schildknecht are out on the bike to chase the lead group...and perhaps Lionel Sanders.
  • Lead women in the canal.

  • Rachel Joyce is into T1, Cave right behind her, and Blakemore on her heels. #IMTX
  • The top three women have a significant lead on their competition. #IMTX
  • Top 10 men out of the swim:
    1 48:05 29 Todd Skipworth AUS
    2 48:07 0:02 14 Barrett Brandon USA
    3 48:44 0:39 2 Faris Al-Sultan DEU
    4 48:45 0:40 22 Jeremy Jurkiewicz FRA
    5 49:29 1:24 4 Ben Hoffman USA
    6 49:58 1:54 6 Andreas Raelert DEU
    7 52:57 4:53 20 Jarmo Hast FIN
    8 54:48 6:43 11 Pedro Gomes PRT
    9 54:54 6:50 30 Jorge Vazquez MEX
    10 54:57 6:53 5 Chris McDonald AUS
  • And top 10 men out of T1:
    1 50:06 14 Barrett Brandon USA
    2 50:32 0:27 29 Todd Skipworth AUS
    3 50:58 0:53 22 Jeremy Jurkiewicz FRA
    4 51:16 1:11 2 Faris Al-Sultan DEU
    5 51:54 1:48 4 Ben Hoffman USA
    6 52:20 2:15 6 Andreas Raelert DEU
    7 55:30 5:24 20 Jarmo Hast FIN
    8 57:19 7:13 11 Pedro Gomes PRT
    9 57:21 7:15 19 Matt Hanson USA
    10 57:23 7:18 24 David Plese SVN
  • Rachel Joyce, who's been 2nd and 3rd at the IRONMAN World Championship, is leading our #IMTX bike. Leanda Cave is 10 sec back and Blakemore 52 sec back.
  • Tami Ritchie is 2:05 back, with Kelly Williamson, last year's champ, 2:30 off leaders.
  • Corrie Kristick, Heather Wurtele, and Keiko Tanaka are all 3:00 from Joyce. Bree Wee is at 3:05 back. #IMTX
  • And a stats update: Top 10 women out of the swim:
    1 53:08 41 Rachel Joyce GBR
    2 53:13 0:05 42 Leanda Cave GBR
    3 53:13 0:06 57 Katy Blakemore USA
    4 54:17 1:10 68 Tami Ritchie USA
    5 55:17 2:09 40 Kelly Williamson USA
    6 55:22 2:14 52 Corrie Kristick USA
    7 55:57 2:49 55 Kaitlin Anelauskas USA
    8 55:59 2:52 66 Keiko Tanaka JPN
    9 56:15 3:07 44 Heather Wurtele CAN
    10 56:16 3:09 45 Bree Wee USA
  • And out of T1, we can see how the order shuffled among pro women:
    1 55:22 41 Rachel Joyce GBR
    2 55:29 0:08 42 Leanda Cave GBR
    3 55:47 0:25 57 Katy Blakemore USA
    4 57:19 1:58 68 Tami Ritchie USA
    5 57:53 2:32 40 Kelly Williamson USA
    6 58:14 2:53 52 Corrie Kristick USA
    7 58:27 3:06 44 Heather Wurtele CAN
    8 58:34 3:12 66 Keiko Tanaka JPN
    9 58:39 3:18 45 Bree Wee USA
    10 59:01 3:40 55 Kaitlin Anelauskas USA
  • Leanda Cave said in a pre-race interview that she doesn't like to race alone. Joyce won't let that happen today in the #IMTX heat!
  • #IMTX the pro men are approaching mile 10, with the pro women at mile 5. We'll have official splits shortly...
  • What kind of bike gear do you need to train for and race an IRONMAN?

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  • Check out Kelly Williamson's power file from 2014 . She won here last year and will be in the hunt today.
  • Cave has surpassed Rachel Joyce on the bike #IMTX
  • Cave and Joyce are playing cat-and-mouse at the front. #IMTX
  • Jeremy Jurkowicz is still at the front of the race, with Skipworth and Al-Sultan in 2nd and 3rd. #IMTX
  • Great video from Julia Polloreno, our women's bike spotter.

  • The humidity is high, and there's even some rain expected later in the day, which will offer some repreive for these hard-working athletes.
  • Ben Hoffman and Andreas Raelert have just caught our race leaders. Hoffman is reported to be riding very strong, predicted at a 4:19 from @trainingpeaks #IMTX
  • How will Jordan Rapp ride a 4:18:05 today? Take a look at the power plan created by BestBikeSplit.
  • Hoffman and Raelert both raced IRONMAN St. Geroge 2 weeks ago. How much did those hard efforts take away from--or boost--these men's races today?
  • Women: Bree Wee and Kelly Williamson are in 3rd and 4th. #IMTX
  • Ben Hoffman has taken Jurkowicz's lead. He's sporting an aero helmet whereas lots of pros have chosen more ventilated helmets. #IMTX
  • Men: Faris Al-Sultan in 2nd.
  • #IMTX Leanda Cave, the 2012 IRONMAN world champion, is now riding at the front at mile 13.
  • Ben Hoffman put in a big effort to take the lead. He averaged 300 watts over the past 15 minutes.
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