Triathlon Magazine Canada - - KONA PREVIEW -

SWIM: There was not a great deal of vari­a­tion; cer­tainly not enough to change the ul­ti­mate out­come of the race.

BIKE: in 2003, head­winds were fe­ro­cious. (And I speak as one who en­dured them.) Look­ing at the ath­letes’ times, fa­mil­iar names were in the ham­mer zone – Zach and Hell­riegel – and, yes, you can see they paid for it on the run.

RUN: By the time ath­letes hit the run course, most were too ex­hausted to de­liver im­pres­sive run­ning times. The per cent of six out of 12 (the red high­lighted ath­letes) was much too high.

FIN­ISH: The only ath­lete who raced per­fectly on the TOPS scale was Peter Reid. Even thought a six-minute lead seems like a blow out, re­mem­ber, that;s not much more than one per cent faster than Beke. Had Beke held back on the bike some­what, he could have run stronger to con­tend for vic­tory.

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