The 14th edition of the oldest continental Ironman in the United States is complete.
Here’s an excerpt from a report at IRONMAN.com By Roger Hospedales;
As expected, Potts led all competitors out ofMirrorLakeon a beautiful sunny morning in theVillageofLake Placid. In the process he also set the new swim course record of 45:10, trimming the previous record (45:28) held by Canadian Tom Evans from 2006.Australia’s Peter Jacobs trailed Potts out of the water by 2:10, while Frenchman Romain Guillaume faced a five-minute deficit.
On the bike, Potts continued to set the pace. Prior to the race he said he wanted to “get after it” and not wait for things to happen. He certainly did that. Potts steadily built his lead throughout the challenging IRONMAN Lake Placid bike course with the fastest ride of the day (4:42:33), that gave him a 10:29 lead over Guillaume by the end of the 112-miles. Jacobs fell further back in his least favorite segment and came off the bike 22:15 down to Potts.
Once on the run, Potts turned the screws even more and stayed true to his plan to race all three segments hard. With each mile he got further from Guillaume and Jacobs and, when all was said and done, he ran the fastest marathon of the day (2:52:56) to annihilate the rest of the field for his third IRONMAN victory in 8:25:07. Close to thirty-two minutes later Jacobs crossed the line to claim second (8:56:42), ratifying his 2012 IRONMAN World Championship slot. Guillaume, who surrendered second to Jacobs just before the 12-mile mark of the run, finished third (9:08:57).
“I put a lot of heart, soul and passion into this sport and I got a lot of love back today,” Potts said to the crowd at the finish line. “You do what’s necessary on the day (running 2:52, but feeling he can run faster) and, if I don’t have to show my cards until Kona, then maybe I have a few more cards left?”
Overall Pro Men
1. Andy PottsUSA 8:25:07
2. Peter Jacobs AUS 8:56:49
3. Romain Guillaume FRA 9:08:57
4. Matthew RussellUSA 9:16:43
5. Douglas MacLeanUSA 9:33:25
6. Brad SengUSA 9:34:36
7. Timothy TapplyUSA 9:36:13
9. Ryan Grant CAN 10:24:14 20
The mother of three has a career day
Although the end result was memorable, Donavan’s start to the day did not begin auspiciously. American Suzanne Serpico, who, like Donavan, is also in her rookie year as a professional, led all women out of the 2.4-mile swim (53:50), closely followed by Canada’s Suzanne Zelazo (53:53) and Marie Danais (55:20). Donavan reached theshoreofMirrorLakein 1:09:00.
As Serpico led the way for virtually the entire ride, Donavan, down 15:26 out of T1, made a steady move through the field and used the final 12-mile climb back into town as her attack point. Just like at this year’s IRONMAN St. George, she post the fastest bike split (5:19:41), to move past Serpico during that 12-mile stretch, and came off the bike with a 3:11 lead over Serpico and a 5:23 advantage over American Jacqui Gordon.
Despite some stomach issues on the marathon which forced her to eat and drink only cola after the four-mile mark, Donavan ran a controlled race and was still able to extend her lead on everyone except her QT2 teammate and friend Jennie Hansen. Upon conclusion of the first lap of the run and with Hansen chipping away at her lead, her coach told her that she needed to go to the “dark place,” and she pushed it hard for the second lap to keep Hansen at bay with a 3:13:39 run, earning her first career IRONMAN win with a time of 9:47:39. Hansen ran just a tad faster (3:12:25) for the top run of the day to take second (9:56:40), and Gordon picked up third with a 10:08:28 clocking.
“I am so excited that my first win is on what I consider to be my home course. I am from right across the lake inVermont. I had friends and family lining the course today and just to see their faces filled with excitement every time they saw me was really exciting,” said Donavan. “I love to win. I was not favored to win so I believed I could do it. I am surprised just because it is so exciting but I am not that surprised that I won.”
Overall Pro Women
1. Jessie DonavanUSA 9:47:39
2. Jennie HansenUSA 9:56:40
3. Jacqui GordonUSA 10:08:28
4. Suzanne Serpico USA10:14:22
5. Kelly Fillnow USA 10:19:49
6. Leslie LaMacchia USA 10:36:55
7. Marie Danais CAN 11:06:06