THINGS TO NOTICE IN THE 2003 RACE
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.