They have a better grasp of pacing, how to race and how to manage open water conditions. The 39th Ironman World Championships takes place on the 8th of October 2016. Course length, weather conditions and currents all play a role in the speed of a course. But what about the specialists? They learned and swam competitively at a young age. After 15mins you should find a decent pair of feet. Not everyone is optimistic about their swim, but remember: the focus is on the ‘how’ and not the ‘how fast’. Very insightful. You can be proud of that. I was always taught that to go faster, either increase my stroke rate or increase my distance per stroke, assuming the technique is correct. Glad that the numbers you see here have given you some hope and motivation! A 70.3 race typically covers 1.9K of open water swimming, which is only 400m longer than a standard Olympic triathlon. Put an end to your extreme urge to breathe – even if you can’t swim more than a lap right now. It’ll give you both information (currents, waves, sighting aids…) and confidence on race day. Ideally swim the course before the race. This offers an insight into why you need to plan the swim properly both in terms of training and on the day. 2 The focus of each session should be at least 20%-25% on technique. After the start, the turning buoys are the next most physical place – there’s always a mass of people (even after 1.9km for a halfway turn). Cat, Hi Cat, I felt it important for you to see what specialists are doing at your age in the same sport. Objectively there wasn’t anything wrong with it looking at the big picture. Six weeks from the race, you should be swim fit enough to handle one-and-a-half-hour sessions (4km), with occasional swim set efforts of 3 x 1km or 4 x 750m to get used to pacing and continuous effort. I have not been properly tri training for terribly long, but I am familiar with and love the water. Ironman Average Swim, Bike, Run and Finish Times for All Races and Age Groups Kona Qualifying Times and Slots for All Races and Age Groups RunTri's Complete Archive of 200+ Stats and Analysis Posts White. My objective was a relaxed 1:20. The data gives you a framework to set realistic goals. For my athlete, I will have her swim four to five times a week to prepare for this event. * I hate spam more than you do, your email address is safe with me. There’s no need to knock out 3.8km every time you train. Make it habitual. Hey Pam, thanks for the comment and your feedback! 2 hours 20 minutes (9:20am) 6 Simple Tips for a Better IRONMAN Swim; By IRONMAN.com 06/26/2017, 9:00am EDT ; It's time to transition from the pool to the open water. I have done few Olympic distance tri and training for my first 70.3(AZ). Every year, we witnessed incredible performances, but the best times recorded in the Ironman World Championships in Kona are definitely hard to beat. Carrying fatigue from your other training significantly impact your progress in the water. For those people finishing in under 40 minutes, race pace falls somewhere between a tempo and a threshold effort. Before having a crack at these killer sessions, you should have been working towards your Ironman goal for a couple of months and have built up your swim, bike and run volume. If you can ride and run well, you’re in the money. Just completed IM UK (my first!) ● You don’t have the time or flexibility to invest the time to swim 30km per week like the pro’s do. Your goal should be swim 60-75 minutes a session at least three to four times per week (more if you are not a great swimmer). Over such a long distance, your pacing strategy can make… You’ve put in a load of hard work over the last year to get down to that CSS pace. Pro triathletes don’t put as many hours into swimming as a specialist swimmers do. A majority of masters swimmers come from a swimming background. So many age-groupers use one arm to pull forward and one arm to lean on for breathing. Specificity, remember. This is a big difference in pace. Find out how you stack up in your Age Group in the swim, the bike and the run. Ironman Australia, for example, is considered a “fast” swim, with average swim times of 1 hour and 4 minutes. But not by much and the difference is very small. 9 Train in open water as part of your meticulous programme. The pro’s may find (or make) the hours to swim every day (although not always), but I don’t know any Age Group Triathletes that can swim that 30+k per week. While I did stay relaxed and fresh, the glare from the sun meant I zig zagged a lot and didn’t have the know how to use landmarks (I couldn’t see any!) The login page will open in a new tab. Session One: Open-Water Race Simulation. Looking forward to training with you in March. ”, These haven’t been easy questions to answer with objective, data backed numbers. I have always felt that Age Group Tri swimming is a completely different to any other type of swimming. I know where my weaknesses have been for the past 2-3 years of triathlon so I’ll be working on that in the next few months. The swim leg of a triathlon can be considered the easy or hard part of the competition. Most triathletes will complete the 1.9 km half-Ironman swim in less than one hour. There is a value to the minutes and seconds in each race distance. The average median swim time can vary as much as 10-13 minutes Hi Rory, The chart provides a realistic 'window' that lets you access your speed and endurance at different distances. Thank you once again for the info and good day. Pacing and stroke Steady and even, relaxed and efficient. Pink. Technique improvement therefore equals free speed. To do this you must prepare, have a plan and keep the focus on yourself during the swim. – Sighting. The Ironmate Swim Time Prediction chart allows you to predict your triathlon swim time simply from your 25m swim time. * I hate spam more than you do, your email address is safe with me. Are you within striking distance of the top 10%. Can you imagine swimming up at the front of the field at Ironman World Champs? One of my athlete’s just signed up for Ironman Wisconsin.I have been working with her one-on-one for the past year or so, and I am so happy for her. You are trying to hold these times quite relaxed, which might be easy at first but will likely start to breakdown at the 250m set. It’s certainly been valuable to my athletes in helping them chase good triathlon swim time goals that are appropriate and realistic. In an IRONMAN, the points diminish at a rate of approximately 12 points per minute. There are so many people of different ages, shapes, sizes and backgrounds. A triathletes training hours (and energy) has to be split between three disciplines. The majority of triathletes learned to swim as adults. What does it take to be good? The first thing I notice is that there is a fairly substantial jump in pace from the middle athlete in any Age Group to the ones breaking into the Top 10%. The Ironman swim (3.8km) is less than 10% of the race, and it’s this fact that often encourages age-groupers, who are good bikers and/or runners, to move up to the longer distance. So many athletes grab the water too aggressively and then their hands/arms slip through the water to a short finish. So think ahead; don’t get trapped on the inside because you’ll lose all rhythm and use up valuable energy. How do I stop feeling out of breath when swimming front crawl? At half the distances of a full Ironman -- a 1.2-mile (1.9-kilometer) swim, 56-mile (90-kilometer) bike ride and a 13.1-mile (21-kilometer) run -- the Ironman 70.3 series is the fastest growing triathlon series in the world. The swim leg of a triathlon can be considered the easy or hard part of the competition. Ironman Age Grouper Men: 12:25. Maybe you ask a friend what their pace is. Let’s take a look. A general view of the swim portion of Ironman Canada 2015 in Whistler, British Columbia. You also need to learn pace, so get used to using your watch/clock all the time. That was the goal of pretty much everyone I raced against and trained with. A pretty poor pace (by my standards) for a 1900m swim if it was done in the pool! If you do the 400m/200m test, do the 400m time trial followed by 5-10 minutes of active recovery. Below are a gold mine of tips, tricks and workouts that will help you get faster in the water. Practise as you would race. That’s why they start swimming at a young age. If you’re new to triathlon swimming this should fully convince you that you don’t need to swim 3800m or even 2500m straight to train for an Ironman race. However, prior to the launch of the 70.3 series in 2005, races were then known as Half Ironman before adopting the Ironman 70.3 label. The average swim time for the U.S. Championships, according to Raymond Britt of RunTri.com, was 51 minutes, far faster than other Ironman swim times. Every year, we witnessed incredible performances, but the best times recorded in the Ironman World Championships in Kona are definitely hard to beat. The average middle guy swims at 2.02/100m for an Ironman and at 2.06/100m for a 70.3. Now, with reduced training hours and an older body I can’t swim as fast. The 400s are done at I… 1,575th of 2087. It’s very easy to see where my weakness lies and what I need to work on as I go into the next season. My last 70.3 race in Colombo is a prime example. Improve your Ironman swim. Also by this time, ideally you’ll be swimming a minimum of four times per week, where you’ll cover about 12km. If we remove those two groups the men’s Average drops to 1.32/100m). Clearly, at 3.8km the IM swim is much further than the Olympic-distance swim … Across all amateur athletes, the average Half Ironman time is 5:51:25 for Men, and 6:18:13 for Women. But when you think about it, they’re not that different – in essence they’re both relatively long, aerobic swims. This, my friend is attrition working in your favor! ● If on average you swim faster than the pace for your age group you can consider yourself “above average”. with a swim of 1:40. I’ve shown you what you need to be capable of to be an average, good and very good Tri swimmer. Ironman: How much run training do I need? Go back to the pool and try swimming 1000 at 5–8 seconds slower than your 400 pace and assess how this feels. To answer that for you, I pulled up the Fina Masters World Championships Qualifying times. You should swim intervals, with the sets between 150m and 400m for 90% of the time. How do you know if you actually swim fast? It was not the fastest on record, 2018 claims many of those times, but 2019 lies somewhere between that and the average for the course. This can be determined by doing a 1500m or 400m/200m time trial. Improving your transition time is WAY easier than improving your swimming time! Thanks for reading and hanging out on my site, I hope you’ve found it valuable! Time spent in the water correlates to improvements in swim speed. Despite this, swim times in Kona are faster on average than the other races on my list. Across all Age Groups the ladies need to swim a 1.41/100m average to break into the top 10% while the guys need to hold 1.35/100m (this is skewed slightly by the 55-59 & 60-64 AG’s. You’ll be training almost every day, for many months, with longer rides and runs that eat up your spare time at weekends. The winning time for the Men’s’ 5k Marathon swim at the Swimming World Championships in 2017 was 54:31, a pace of 1.05/100m. But I will never swim as fast as I did in my prime. Most races start at 7am, meaning athletes have until midnight to complete the distance. Here are valuable tips that might help you improve your swim leg in Ironman races. Elite triathlon swim coach, Gerry Rodrigues goes as far as putting a number on it. Here’s an example from my first 70.3 race. Unlike the shorter-distance events, a long-course swimmer needs to exit feeling fresh and ready to go, so you can’t afford to use excess energy. ● “I am just curious what is considered a good pace for me to aim for this season?”, ● “I know that is hugely subjective, but what is a good time for my first 70.3 swim?”, ● “How long do you think it will take me to swim 1.20/100m? Hi Victor, yes – I’ve been collecting that data from my clients for 6+ years! Swim: Each wave will have 1:10 to complete the swim. Balance is different. CSS – 1:27. So the times are relative to the competition. I showed you what times you would need to swim to compete in Kona. ~ Rory. See below for a breakdown of average Half Ironman times by Gender and by Age Group. The average top 10% time is still slightly faster over the IM distance vs the 70.3 distance. Focus on your stroke. In an IRONMAN 70.3 they diminish by approximately 18 points per minute. One of the best ways to improve your Ironman swim is by learning from some of the best Ironman age groupers in the world. Athletes looking for a challenge that's slightly less intense should consider the Ironman 70.3 series. Start position This is dictated by your swim speed. Look at the swim times and position yourself accordingly. As much as saying this hurts my business, remember that your goal in any triathlon swim is to be good enough. Don’t be shy, lets see how all of our numbers stack up against the averages! Key Takeaways To Help You Be Better Than Average, Check out my guide on the Fundamentals of Triathlon Swimming. You can click on each image to read the numbers more clearly. We sit, stand, walk and run every day and have done since we were children. How long does it take to finish an Ironman Triathlon? Just need to step up that run game , Male, 40-44 But what is really considered fast as an Age Group Triathlete? I also dive into the data a little bit to see what we can learn from the numbers and how you can use this knowledge to help you get faster and move up the rankings. Orange. Check the athlete guide for more information. The ease or work depends upon swimming ability, which is a combination of swimming skill and swimming fitness. Treat this as a benchmark set to be repeated every six to eight weeks. I refined my technique and pushed my training when my body was in its prime. I’ve seen this uncertainty lead to endless frustration and a cycle of a love hate relationship with the water from many triathletes over the years. Then look at how you stack up in transition time. “Specialist” swimmers spend hours in the water to improve their balance, propulsion and breathing. Based on Ironman finisher data averaged across a five-year span (2015-2019), we were able to calculate average Ironman finisher times across both male and female age groupers and professionals, including average times in the swim, bike, run, and both transition. Of course, finish times really depend on your age group. I’d say that’s pretty good! Assuming max swim time that leaves 4 Hours and 10 Minutes to complete bike. Great Article ,. FYI: an Ironman swim is 2.4 miles or 3,800 meters (3.8km). Swim: Each wave will have 1:10 to complete the swim. You've been subscribed to our newsletter. The real differences emerge when you consider the following factors: the size and physicality of mass starts; the anxiety levels at the start of an Ironman; the impact of bad pacing on energy levels; the pure complexity of tactics with so many swimmers around you. This means that half-Ironman athletes are preparing to race a solid tempo effort. Black. This close split times holds up in the 2015 and 2013 5k & 10k races too. Do you have any stats on what triathletes actually think about the swim? This means fighting  traffic at the turn buoys. It’s certainly been valuable to my athletes in helping them chase goals that are appropriate and realistic. Hi Raul, thanks for your comment! 2. Silver-Tone. 5 Hours 30 Minutes after final wave start. Before you begin training for a half-Ironman (70.3), take note of the swim distance. This will increase confidence, while acclimatising you to water conditions and giving you an idea of ‘sighting’ landmarks. The swim splits in a race can be very deceptive. Subjectively a time I would be disappointed with. The Ironman swim distance is 2.4 miles. Unless you’re going sub one hour, stay off the racing markers, which are usually on the inside of the course, because this is the busiest area. But moving through water is different. This is how I came up with these numbers and what I have done with them. Here’s how to do that. Is one significantly better or worse than another? In this guide I show you what it takes compete at every level of Age Group Triathlon swimming. The Age Groups are split in a similar way to triathlon which makes it easy to compare. But as per the discussion point about your aerobic speed being very similar (all things equal, which they often aren’t in the open water) Olympic distance paces won’t be too different from the 70.3 distance paces. So ideally if you are looking for the easiest Ironman swim course, look at the conditions and where the swim is located. Before doing your test, make sure you get in a good warm up. It’s my way of giving back to the sport that gave me so much for so many years. Working off your CSS pace will help keep you honest and accountable in your training. The key is being able to transfer that speed. I've done the Ironman 70.3 Oceanside and finished that swim in 53 minutes...which was wayyy too long..I think I messed up because I took the turns too wide. Are you in the top 50%? If your swim isn’t as fast as you would like, it doesn’t necessarily mean it should be your key focus area for improvement. On race day, it’s integral that you try and control your adrenaline, only going out hard if you’re a good swimmer looking for clear water. Nice work on your 1.46/100, that should have put you in the top 50% for you AG I assume, if I recall correctly Arizona is a pretty fast swim course though! This is to be expected, but you can use this knowledge to your advantage. The average middle lady swims at 2.09/100m or an Ironman and at 2.12/100m for a 70.3. Also, practise navigation and swim drafting skills. Everyone knows it’s no fun getting breaststroke kicked in the forehead going round a buoy. Obviously the first thing you’ll want to do is determine how well you stack up. Navigation Don’t rely on people; use your in-depth research and sighting aids from course reconnaissance. Clearly, at 3.8km the IM swim is much further than the Olympic-distance swim at 1.5km. The problem is this leads to lifting up at the front, and a rise of just 25mm will cause the back to go down 175mm. And as we’ll see next, the jump is even bigger when we get to the big show in Kona. I know how challenging it can be when you are new to a sport, have a competitive nature but have no idea what to bench mark your performance or pace off of! Depending on the athlete’slevel of experience, I will start them with 4 or 6 x 400’s and over the weeks of training, build them to 10 x 400s by the time we are at peak IRONMAN training. The first Half Ironman branded race was Half Ironman UK, which was raced in 2001. Everything about your training and racing should be focused on efficiency. Swim slightly wide to make the most gains. I'll keep you updated with a few emails each week. This is what we call the “specificity” principle of training. Know the course Familiarisation will make navigation easier. No triathlete, elite or Age Group has 5 hours a day to spend swimming. 1.2 Miles is the length of the Half Ironman swim distance. For example, if your Olympic swim is 28 minutes, the half-Ironman swim will be around 28 x 1.33 or around 37 minutes. Mirinda Carfrae on coping with the heat in long-distance triathlons. While we have a limited amount of time until race day, there are some things we can do to prepare her for completing the swim portion without missing the cutoff. Ironman Louisville, held in the Ohio River, averages 1 hour and 25 minute swim splits. It takes a lot of effort to race clean and keep yourself out of the packs when you’re swimming in the middle. At the top end of the field, the average pace a swimmer holds over 3800 is close to what they hold over 1900m. It’s nice to see how we stack up. “pro triathletes shouldn’t expect to be competitive on less than 30km a week if they don’t come from a swimming background”. Hey Greg, thanks for your comment! Female, 30-34 AG. Check the athlete guide for more information. Many of the triathletes I meet ultimately want to race a full distance Ironman. If the race is sea based, practise in the sea where possible. 42 - 43mm. If you can swim one mile (0 to One Mile), it is easy to increase to 2.4 miles without unusual effort.Beginning with a straight swim of 1650 yards or 1500 meters every Monday for a month, + two swim workouts of the same distance per week, increasing by 500 meters per month, it will take 6 months to reach 2.4 miles. The similarity in pace between the IM and 70.3 swims is interesting. This is a good one to repeat multiple times in the year as you can gauge your progression easily. If you can swim one mile (0 to One Mile), it is easy to increase to 2.4 miles without unusual effort.Beginning with a straight swim of 1650 yards or 1500 meters every Monday for a month, + two swim workouts of the same distance per week, increasing by 500 meters per month, it will take 6 months to reach 2.4 miles. An IRONMAN 140.6 triathlon involves a 3800-meter swim, a 180-km bike and a 42.2-km run. Hey Mary, thanks for the comment! In an Olympic size pool it’s around 40 lengths. Otherwise, controlling your swim is paramount to saving energy and having a good swim time (80% effort, 100% speed). 1.22/100 in my last 70.3 (Colombo). Alarms Countdown Timer GPS for Training INDIGLO® Lap Timer Close. Does that suggest that the aerobic pace you settle into is pretty much the same whether you are swimming for 30 minutes or for 1 hour. That’s the middle athlete, the one that separates the top 50% from the bottom 50% in a race. So I set out to find what the standards of Age Group Triathlon Swimming actually look like. How much of a warm-up you need for an event like an IRONMAN is a highly individual thing. Sign up for the swim-bike-run option and swim 800 m, ride 20 km, and run 5 km in three sessions between Thursday, November 26 at 10 am GMT/5 am ET and Sunday, November 29 at 11:59 pm GMT/6:59 pm ET to earn your digital badge and credits towards rewards. As I concluded in my race analysis yesterday evening – the 2018 Ironman World Championship was a fast year for the Kona course. You would think that the longer the distance the slower the pace, however this is not the case. Additionally, any athlete that starts in the final wave and misses the 1:10 cut off will not be allowed to continue on … Pure swimmers and coaches know this. Add 13 percent to your current Olympic-distance bike time because 28 miles (half the distance of a half-Ironman bike ride) is roughly 13 percent longer than an Olympic distance event. I took 9 x full distance races and 10 x 70.3 races over a 5 year period (2013 – 2017) to get a large enough data sample. Swim Cut-Off: 1 hour 10 minutes (from YOUR chip swim start time) Combined Swim & Bike Cut-Off: 5 hours 30 minutes (from YOUR chip swim start time) Individual Ironman 70.3 races may have an additional intermediate cut off times on the bike course. The Ironman swim distance is 2.4 miles. We see this at the elite level too. It should give you insight into what is being done by athletes at your same age in the water. Male, 30-34 AG. Hi Rory, Body position plays a bigger role in speed than power when you are in the water. 22 Items Refine Your Results By: Color. ● IM Brazil (South American Championship). By keeping intervals manageable, you’ll have a better chance of focusing on technique. You stack up very nicely, Jared! There are other factors at play too (one of which I discuss further down), but I think experience and quality of athlete this is likely the biggest contributor. The 100 yard and 100 meter pace for each triathlon distance is below, for example, to complete a 1 mile swim in 22 minutes you’ll need to swim at a 1:15 minute 100 yard pace. It’s not that simple in triathlon. Typically, slower swimmers sink at the back. Blog Average 70.3 Swim, Bike, and Run Finish Times from 2018 Below is a listing of the average 70.3 times for the swim, bike, and run based on age group from Ironman … My hope is that armed with this knowledge, you will  set lofty but realistic goals and work with purpose and clarity towards achieving them. Great detailed article and very informative so thanks for taking time to collect all the info and passing it on to all of us out here. This is to be expected. This is a good one to repeat multiple times in the year as you can gauge your progression easily. Since 2011, no finish time has cracked the all-time … Swimming straight is always the best way to swim After logging in you can close it and return to this page. 5 Increase length of main swim sets gradually through the programme so you can handle a 4km swim session eight weeks from the race. IRONMAN officials reserve the right to remove athletes off the course who exceed any designated cut-off time. Rory, I’m a 64 years old age grouper that only learned how to swim 4 years ago. Very rarely does anyone lead a race wire to wire. Case Diameter. Each athlete will get the full 2 hours and 20 minutes to complete the 2.4 mile swim regardless of what time they enter the water. Ironman-distance triathlons: the 10 best European Irons for beginners How to swim the 3.8km of the Ironman swim leg. You may also get pushed slightly left/right during that glide period causing you to go off course and then if your sighting isn’t on point, to swim a longer distance. I collected the swim times for each AG over each year (2013-2017). Using the same data, here is a look at the times it takes to break into the Top 10% of swimmers coming out of the water on race day. When you say you swim 400m at an average of 4.10, are you saying it takes you about 16-17 minutes to swim the 400? Depending on the popularity of a race, if you came out in the middle overall in the swim you leave T1 with a very large group of people.This means you may have to burn matches to avoid drafting packs. All the good stuff I don’t share anywhere else. Consequently, many athletes spend most of their time focusing on everything but the swim. . According to acclaimed Coach Jim Vance, an athlete simply looking to finish the IRONMAN doesn’t need a lengthy warm-up, however an athlete looking to compete should plan a more detailed routine in order to prep their muscles for the demands of the day. https://multisportmojo.com/ironman-cut-off-times-easily-explained Where do you fall? As a rough guide, your half-Ironman pace would likely be around 5–8 seconds per 100 slower than your 400 time for beginner to intermediate level athletes. Best Half Ironman Europe. You will need to look at more than just your swim rankings, to work out what to focus on. Even within the ranks of Age Group Triathlon swimming, comparisons are difficult. On the Women’s side, this breaks down as a swim time of 40:39, a bike time of 3:10:44, and a run time of 2:13:06. What are average Ironman times? Next, get a baseline measurement of your fitness and pacing. ● If on average you’re slower than this time, and your goal is to be competitive you have a bit of catching up to do. Align with your ultimate goal or purpose of racing triathlons with the goals you set. It wouldn’t be a good comparison if that was all we looked at. Open water swim times are always relative. So now you know what the data says, but what do you do now? Figure Out How You Stack Up Workout Out Your Primary Focus Establish an Appropriate Goal Remember, The Goal Is To Be Good, Not Great. © 2019-2020 The Progress Project All Rights Reserved  Contact | Terms & Conditions | Privacy Policy | Refund Policy Made with  by @rorylbuck. How Can You Calculate Your Ironman Time? How long does it take to finish an Ironman Triathlon? Take a look at your individual rankings for each discipline. Athletes who are unable to complete the race before this time will be classified as DNF. I think it might. Additionally, the cumulative fatigue from the the run in particular stifles swim progress. You may think you had a particularly bad swim in a race because you were 3 minutes slower than your last race. Keep focused on your next 500m and swimming smoothly and efficiently. It took a 1:51:58 to win the 10k Marathon swim, a pace of 1.07/100m.If you wanted to know what World Class Fast is, there you go! Taking an Objective Look at the Standards of Age Group Triathlon Swimming. If you were able to transfer your CSS pace well into open water swimming it would put you up in the top 10% for your age and gender! Not the fastest swim time. Key Take Aways To Help You Get Good Get the e-book + 6 Bonus Drill Videos, 7 Explanation Videos and links to more than 10 articles, guides and podcasts. This is achieved by a gradual acceleration through to the fast finish (or push) past the hips to the thigh (think ‘slow to fast’). Can you confirm and I will give you my thoughts on preparing for your first race. You might all be racing the same race, but everyone has a slightly different goal. Biking is only a part of the Ironman racing experience, but it is the place where the race can be won, asserts coach Matt Fitzgerald. It’s not the average swim time for your age group. The answer, based on our analysis of more than 41,000 finishers in 25 Ironman triathlons: about 12 hours and 35 minutes for the average triathlete.Swim 2.4 miles in 1:16, Bike 112 miles in 6:25, and Run 26.2 miles in 4:54. Median swim time for your age Group to help you get in a race will increase confidence while. 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