Brownlee And Adam Smash Ironman WA Records

Published
02/12/2019

The IRONMAN Western Australia’s record books took a thorough beating, with dual Olympic gold medallist Alistair Brownlee and New Zealand’s Teresa Adam making the most of the glorious race conditions in Busselton, shredding the old race records.

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Alistair set a new time of 7:45:20, lowering the old mark by more than six minutes, while Teresa took an axe to the women’s best time, clocking a remarkable 8:38:42. Second placed women Sarah Piampiano and third placed Gurutze Frades, also went under the time (8:49:45) set in 2018 by Caroline Steffen.

 

For a period Alistair was on Tim Don’s IRONMAN world record pace, but with discretion being the better part of valour, he cooled his jets and concentrated on getting safely across the line and grabbing his Kona qualification.

 

“I woke up the day after Kona and I wanted to do another IRONMAN, so I had two goals coming here. The first was to get around an IRONMAN without capitulating and I was pretty close, so I am happy with that. The second was to qualify for Kona and I have done that, so I am chuffed.”

 

“This event is fantastic, the sea is beautiful out there and I stood on the beach this morning and it was so calm and the water was gorgeous. The course is beautiful, flat and well organised and well supported. Right out there in the middle of the ‘outback’ there were tri clubs set up and cheering us on.”

 

“Having Sam Appleton and Clayton Fettell to swim was perfect and I said ‘Let’s get out on the bike and get rolling’. We did that and Sam rode really well, I was pretty impressed with him. He was riding quick.”

 

“On the run I wanted a bit of space and I didn’t want to get to caught on running to a pace. I just wanted to run to what I kind of felt was comfortable. The first few kms I didn’t feel great but for 20km after that I got into a really nice rhythm. I thought ‘I am flying here’, so I checked myself a little bit and thought ‘No, no, don’t get carried away, you want to finish this and don’t want to be walking the last 10km’.  I pulled it back a little bit and it was good.”

 

Alistair was very happy with his race and his first trip to the West but he thinks there is still room for improvement and more time to be gained on the quick Busselton course.

 

“It was quite windy today and I honestly think that if it wasn’t so windy, there is five more minutes in the bike there easy. No doubt about it. Five minutes on the bike and run a bit quicker, and this course could be really quick.”

 

“I have never been to Western Australia before. I had been to the east coast a lot over the years and I came because I thought it was a race that would fit in and I hoped it wouldn’t be too bad coming from the UK with a direct flight. I just wanted to get the job done but I have really enjoyed it. Busselton has a very different vibe to the other part of Australia. It is really relaxed and the people are nice, chilled out and the countryside is beautiful. I have really enjoyed being here and I would like to come again.”

 

“I have a few days before I go home so I will be exploring the area and I am going to Margaret River and drink red wine and eat some steak. I go to Bahrain next weekend but I won’t be racing, and then it is home for Christmas. When the new year rolls around I will focus on trying to race the World Series as well as I can, with an eye on Tokyo,” he said.

 

The hard work paid off for local Perth athlete Matt Burton who had the race of a lifetime, ripping almost 13 minutes from his 2018 IRONMAN Western Australia time to go under eight hours and finally punch his ticket to the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona.

 

“It is a pretty significant day. I was talking to my fiancée and she said, ‘Obviously you want to win, but what is the realistic goal’. I said ‘I want to perform to a level that I think my training reflects’. Kona qualification is a huge bonus but I am most pleased with the 7:55 on home soil. That is pretty special and it will take a while to sink in.”

 

“It was a very exciting day for me, my supporters and family who came down. I think there were 50-60 from up around home, so they will be pretty excited. It is nice to finally race to a level that I believe I am capable of and now to be able to put in a full preparation for Kona. I just want to embrace that and look forward to next year,” he said.

 

IRONMAN debutante Sam Appleton was on a steep learning curve in such a stacked field, but he swam and rode like a demon with Brownlee, before the wheels came off 15km into the run.

 

“Part of me is happy and satisfied and the other part of me is thinking, not ‘What if” but it gives me a little bit of motivation and stuff to work on. The swim is there and that is the first time I have ridden 180km, it is the longest ride I have ever done.”

 

“I ran 3:45 km/pace for the first four km and Alistair put two minutes into me. He took off like it was an ITU race and I honestly thought he might come back but he obviously settled into a rhythm and then ran 2:43 for the marathon. It is incredible. Full credit to him, he had a great race,” Appo said.

 

“I was trying to hold 3:50 pace which I did for the first 15km but then it was like a light switch. It wasn’t a slow creep. I went from 4min/km to 4:45 and I was at that for the next 20km. With 5km to go I was doing 5:15/km pace. I was alert and felt good but there was so much muscle breakdown in my quads. Every time I hit the ground the concrete was going straight through me.”

Teresa Adam is now three for three in her Australian IRONMAN races and she was delighted to see that the hard work of the winter break showed up under race conditions.

 

“The race was awesome, with outstanding conditions that made for a very fast day. I definitely came in wanting to do a good bike ride and the conditions contributed to fast times overall. The swim was calm and awesome and while it got hot on the run, being flat enabled you to keep a nice pace going.”

 

“I really like racing in Australia. It is simple to come over here and I feel quite comfortable and happy, which helps me race well. We decided to have a break after Cairns and work on a few things. While the running went a little bit sideways, I think the work on the bike has paid dividends here. We plugged away over winter and picked Busselton to do. I have never been over this side of Australia, so it has been really cool and I am really happy with the result.”

 

“What I do next is always about how I recover from a race, so we have a flexible plan. With IRONMAN New Zealand being my home event, I need to go home and think about what I am going to do next.”

 

“A little bit of today was to come out and see if we could do a race that would help my lead into Taupo. I have done IRONMAN New Zealand then raced well at IRONMAN Cairns twice which is the second IRONMAN. So, we thought this time we would do a race before IRONMAN New Zealand and see if it helps me take that extra step next year,” she said.

 

Male

 

1        Alistair BROWNLEE          07:45:20       00:46:29          04:10:32       02:43:39

 

2        Matt BURTON                   07:55:40       00:51:46          04:12:17       02:46:32

 

3        Tim VAN BERKEL             08:00:26       00:49:14          04:20:02       02:46:48

 

Female

 

1        Teresa ADAM                    08:38:42       00:50:24          04:32:52       03:09:29

 

2        Sarah PIAMPIANO            08:42:57       00:59:09          04:38:39       02:59:51

 

3        Gurutze FRADES              08:49:40       00:59:03          04:46:13       02:58:33

The IRONMAN Western Australia’s record books took a thorough beating, with dual Olympic gold medallist Alistair Brownlee and New Zealand’s Teresa Adam making the most of the glorious race conditions in Busselton, shredding the old race records.

Alistair set a new time of 7:45:20, lowering the old mark by more than six minutes, while Teresa took an axe to the women’s best time, clocking a remarkable 8:38:42. Second placed women Sarah Piampiano and third placed Gurutze Frades, also went under the time (8:49:45) set in 2018 by Caroline Steffen.

For a period Alistair was on Tim Don’s IRONMAN world record pace, but with discretion being the better part of valour, he cooled his jets and concentrated on getting safely across the line and grabbing his Kona qualification.

“I woke up the day after Kona and I wanted to do another IRONMAN, so I had two goals coming here. The first was to get around an IRONMAN without capitulating and I was pretty close, so I am happy with that. The second was to qualify for Kona and I have done that, so I am chuffed.”

“This event is fantastic, the sea is beautiful out there and I stood on the beach this morning and it was so calm and the water was gorgeous. The course is beautiful, flat and well organised and well supported. Right out there in the middle of the ‘outback’ there were tri clubs set up and cheering us on.”

“Having Sam Appleton and Clayton Fettell to swim was perfect and I said ‘Let’s get out on the bike and get rolling’. We did that and Sam rode really well, I was pretty impressed with him. He was riding quick.”

“On the run I wanted a bit of space and I didn’t want to get to caught on running to a pace. I just wanted to run to what I kind of felt was comfortable. The first few kms I didn’t feel great but for 20km after that I got into a really nice rhythm. I thought ‘I am flying here’, so I checked myself a little bit and thought ‘No, no, don’t get carried away, you want to finish this and don’t want to be walking the last 10km’.  I pulled it back a little bit and it was good.”

Alistair was very happy with his race and his first trip to the West but he thinks there is still room for improvement and more time to be gained on the quick Busselton course.

“It was quite windy today and I honestly think that if it wasn’t so windy, there is five more minutes in the bike there easy. No doubt about it. Five minutes on the bike and run a bit quicker, and this course could be really quick.”

“I have never been to Western Australia before. I had been to the east coast a lot over the years and I came because I thought it was a race that would fit in and I hoped it wouldn’t be too bad coming from the UK with a direct flight. I just wanted to get the job done but I have really enjoyed it. Busselton has a very different vibe to the other part of Australia. It is really relaxed and the people are nice, chilled out and the countryside is beautiful. I have really enjoyed being here and I would like to come again.”

“I have a few days before I go home so I will be exploring the area and I am going to Margaret River and drink red wine and eat some steak. I go to Bahrain next weekend but I won’t be racing, and then it is home for Christmas. When the new year rolls around I will focus on trying to race the World Series as well as I can, with an eye on Tokyo,” he said.

The hard work paid off for local Perth athlete Matt Burton who had the race of a lifetime, ripping almost 13 minutes from his 2018 IRONMAN Western Australia time to go under eight hours and finally punch his ticket to the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona.

“It is a pretty significant day. I was talking to my fiancée and she said, ‘Obviously you want to win, but what is the realistic goal’. I said ‘I want to perform to a level that I think my training reflects’. Kona qualification is a huge bonus but I am most pleased with the 7:55 on home soil. That is pretty special and it will take a while to sink in.”

“It was a very exciting day for me, my supporters and family who came down. I think there were 50-60 from up around home, so they will be pretty excited. It is nice to finally race to a level that I believe I am capable of and now to be able to put in a full preparation for Kona. I just want to embrace that and look forward to next year,” he said.

IRONMAN debutante Sam Appleton was on a steep learning curve in such a stacked field, but he swam and rode like a demon with Brownlee, before the wheels came off 15km into the run.

“Part of me is happy and satisfied and the other part of me is thinking, not ‘What if” but it gives me a little bit of motivation and stuff to work on. The swim is there and that is the first time I have ridden 180km, it is the longest ride I have ever done.”

“I ran 3:45 km/pace for the first four km and Alistair put two minutes into me. He took off like it was an ITU race and I honestly thought he might come back but he obviously settled into a rhythm and then ran 2:43 for the marathon. It is incredible. Full credit to him, he had a great race,” Appo said.

“I was trying to hold 3:50 pace which I did for the first 15km but then it was like a light switch. It wasn’t a slow creep. I went from 4min/km to 4:45 and I was at that for the next 20km. With 5km to go I was doing 5:15/km pace. I was alert and felt good but there was so much muscle breakdown in my quads. Every time I hit the ground the concrete was going straight through me.”

Teresa Adam is now three for three in her Australian IRONMAN races and she was delighted to see that the hard work of the winter break showed up under race conditions.

“The race was awesome, with outstanding conditions that made for a very fast day. I definitely came in wanting to do a good bike ride and the conditions contributed to fast times overall. The swim was calm and awesome and while it got hot on the run, being flat enabled you to keep a nice pace going.”

“I really like racing in Australia. It is simple to come over here and I feel quite comfortable and happy, which helps me race well. We decided to have a break after Cairns and work on a few things. While the running went a little bit sideways, I think the work on the bike has paid dividends here. We plugged away over winter and picked Busselton to do. I have never been over this side of Australia, so it has been really cool and I am really happy with the result.”

“What I do next is always about how I recover from a race, so we have a flexible plan. With IRONMAN New Zealand being my home event, I need to go home and think about what I am going to do next.”

“A little bit of today was to come out and see if we could do a race that would help my lead into Taupo. I have done IRONMAN New Zealand then raced well at IRONMAN Cairns twice which is the second IRONMAN. So, we thought this time we would do a race before IRONMAN New Zealand and see if it helps me take that extra step next year,” she said.

Male

1        Alistair BROWNLEE          07:45:20       00:46:29          04:10:32       02:43:39

2        Matt BURTON                   07:55:40       00:51:46          04:12:17       02:46:32

3        Tim VAN BERKEL             08:00:26       00:49:14          04:20:02       02:46:48

Female

1        Teresa ADAM                    08:38:42       00:50:24          04:32:52       03:09:29

2        Sarah PIAMPIANO            08:42:57       00:59:09          04:38:39       02:59:51

3        Gurutze FRADES              08:49:40       00:59:03          04:46:13       02:58:33