2017 TOPS FOR SWIM, BIKE, RUN, TRAN­SI­TION

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - KONA PREVIEW -

“LANGE CON­TIN­UES TO CALMLY EX­E­CUTE A TOPS GAME PLAN ON HIS TERMS.”

Let’s look at Pa­trick Lange, 2017’s win­ner. Ten per cent of his race time was spent in the wa­ter, like many pros. Then, no­tably, he spent al­most 56 per cent of his rac­ing time on the bike. What does that mean? His TOPS on the bike was not to be the fastest rider of the day. He stuck to a strat­egy that would not be in­flu­enced by other com­peti­tors near him. He knew he’d catch them on the run.

In con­trast look at TOPS for Lionel San­ders, the sec­ond place fin­isher, par­tic­u­larly, his bike TOPS. This guy raced up Palani Drive in over­drive and rode the course like a rocket, fin­ish­ing with a 4:14 bike split. Un­for­tu­nately, that rep­re­sented only 52.5 per cent of his rac­ing time. Un­for­tu­nately, be­cause that meant he was worn down enough to spend 35 per cent of his rac­ing time on the marathon.

San­ders’s bike split TOPS was 3.3 per cent less than Lange’s. San­ders got on the run course about 10 min­utes faster than Lange. But, his race was prac­ti­cally lost from the start. Lange con­tin­ues to calmly ex­e­cute a TOPS game plan on his terms. Lange ran his marathon 12 min­utes faster than San­ders, who lost by two min­utes and 27 sec­onds.

In ret­ro­spect, look­ing at the data, Lange ex­e­cuted what we’re be­gin­ning to con­sider an

ex­cel­lent TOPS triathlon.

LEFT Pa­trick Lange chases down Lionel San­ders to set a new course record at the Iron­man World Cham­pi­onship in 2017

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