Traverse City Record-Eagle

Archive: Monday

October 28, 2013

McMurray has mixed emotions on Ironman performance

PETOSKEY — Ben McMurray's second attempt at the Ironman Triathlon World Championships in Kona, Hawaii just over a week ago brought about mixed emotions.

McMurray, a Petoskey resident, improved his overall time — and his time in all three facets of the triathlon — from his performance in 2010. He also had a better overall finish and finished higher in his age group. But McMurray had set lofty goals for himself and had hoped to get a spot on the podium for his age group — which would have required a top five finish.

McMurray ended up completing the world-renowed endurance event in 9 hours, 21 minutes and 3 seconds, an improvement of more than 30 minutes from 2010, earning a 148th-place overall finish and 18th in the 25-29 age group. Last time McMurray was in the 19-24 age group and was 14th within that division and 360th overall.

"With Ironman racing it's just one of those things where you put all the pieces together and in that run sometimes it all works and sometimes it doesn't go quite as planned," said McMurray, who qualified for the World Championships this summer in Lake Placid, N.Y. "I got to about the halfway point of the marathon and it wasn't going how I hoped so that was that. I finished and was happy. It wasn't a disappointment, but it wasn't what I was hoping for. At the same time, you can't expect to have a fantastic, out-of-this-world performance every time you step to the plate."

McMurray completed the swim in 1:04:24, the bike race in 4:54:22 and the run — his strongest part of the event — in 3:16. He improved by three minutes in the swim, 14 minutes in the bike and 13 minutes in the run.

The biggest difference between the first trip and the second was experience, which allowed McMurray to be better prepared for the conditions of Kona, where wind and high 80-degree heat make the triathlon as much a mental challenge as a physical one. He also felt he took better care of himself during the race, getting a proper caloric intake, staying cool at aid stations and keeping hydrated.

Text Only

Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Associated Press Video
Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy