2014 Ironman World Championships Power Analysis
The IRONMAN® World Championships showcase some of the fittest athletes in the world. We took a look at some of the top professional men and women, as well as age groupers, to see what type of numbers they put out over 112 miles.
Ben Hoffman – 2nd Place – 8:19:23
- Over the full 112 miles, Hoffman averaged 274W, or 3.81 W/kg,
- During the 17 minute climb to Hawi, Hoffman put out 313 watts and only averaged 17.6 mph.
- Hoffman kept the power down on the descent from Hawi averaging 275 watts and 38.7 mph.
Frederik Van Lierde – 8th Place – 8:24:11
- *Due to Interference from TV motorcycles or possibly his computer placement, some of his data did not get recorded
- Up Hawi, Van Lierde average 345 watts, or 4.8 W/kg.
- Van Lierde pushed an average of 286W over the last 30 minutes of the ride.
- His cadence was steady at 90 and 91 rpm for both of these sections.
Maik Twelsiek – 11th Place – 8:31:06
- Twelsiek put out 304 watts over the first 56 miles and burned 2445 calories.
- Climbing and descending Hawi, Twelsiek averaged 292 watts over a 30 minute span.
- Twelsiek averaged 40.4 kph (25 mph), in the final 32 miles after Kawaihae.
Craig Alexander – 13th Place – 8:36:25
- Alexander set his peak 20 minute power right at the start by averaging 269 watts, or 3.95 W/kg.
- Over his 4:40 bike, Alexander burned 3883 calories.
- In the first 56 miles Alexander averaged a cadence of 95 rpm and kept that steady averaging 93 rpm over the back half.
Kyle Buckingham – 25th Place – 8:50:28
- Buckingham pushed early, averaging 284 watts, or 4W/kg., for the first half of the bike.
- This effort was big and Buckingham dropped to 245 watts, or 3.45W/kg, over the last half.
- Buckingham expended 4511 calories over the whole ride and averaged 38.1 kph (23mph)
Caroline Steffen – 5th Place – 9:12:43
- Steffen’s peak 1 hour power came in the early miles along the Queen K and she averaged 226 watts while going 22.3 mph.
- Like many pro women, Steffen prefers a bit lower cadence averaging 79 rpm.
- Over the full 112 miles Steffen burned 3606 calories and averaged 22.1 mph.
Mary Beth Ellis – 9th Place – 9:20:46
- Ellis went up the climb to Hawi averaging 213 watts, or 4.08 W/kg, at 15.5 mph.
- On the short climb up Kawaihae, Ellis averaged 208 watts, 3.99 W/kg.
- Her peak 20 minute power came at miles 42 through 50 where she held 239 watts.
AGE GROUP ATHLETES
Brad Williams – 25th Place Men’s 25-29 – 9:40:08
- Williams averaged 216 watts and 22.5 mph to dip under the 5 hour mark on the bike.
- His peak 20 minute power was set early and he pushed 264 watts.
- Williams hit his peak speed of 43.2 mph and peak cadence of 114 rpm coming down Hawi.