The swim and bicycle legs of the ladies’ Pro race at IRONMAN Florida 2021 had the vibe of a singular time preliminary, yet the run was all activity, and at the end of the day, a sub three-hour long distance race from Heather Jackson was sufficient to procure the $15,000 first prize and a pined for start for the IRONMAN World Championship, Kona 2022.
Swimmer-turned-marathon runner Rachel Zilinskas (USA) was the primary competitor back to the Panama City Beach sand after the principal lap of the swim, and given our chief halted the clock at 29:01 by then, conditions were surely not going to lead to any records in the water.
The race top picks followed individually, with Challenge Almere champ Sarissa de Vries (NED) +0:47, Imogen Simmonds (SUI) +1:37, Hannah Wells (NZL) +1:50, Jocelyn McCauley (USA) +3:22, Skye Moench (USA) +4:42 and Heather Jackson (USA) +5:53. The ‘long’ swim (on schedule), was probably going to additional advantage the new Pro throughout the second lap as those holes were set to additionally develop. Zilinskas planned to require each benefit given the profession achievements of the competitors pursuing her.
59:38 was the last swim time for Zilinskas, further affirming the sluggish occasions in the water, with de Vries not in any event, breaking the hour (1:00:49), in spite of the subsequent best time. She was only 71 seconds down on the previous university swimmer. Simmonds kept up with her situation throughout the second lap of the swim to arrive at T1 only 2:19 back, with Hannah Wells four minutes back.
As opposed to the men’s Pro occasion and its amazing driving gathering on the bicycle, the ladies proceeded with the extremely solo nature of their race over the two-lap, 180km bicycle course.
It was nothing unexpected that de Vries had the option to rapidly get the early swim pioneer Zalinskas. She immediately made the pass and would stay at the front of the race until progress came into focus over four hours after the fact.