2021 Student Research Conference:
34th Annual Student Research Conference

Determining if Bike, Run, or Swim is the Greatest Predictor of Total Time in the IRONMAN World Championship Race


Austin J. Brooks* and Katherine Moynihan
Dr. James Padfield , Faculty Mentor

In the IRONMAN world championships in Kona, Hawaii, participants compete in three legs, a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride, and a 26.2-mile run. Not all legs of the race have equal weight in determining the final finish time. The purpose of this study is to determine which race leg has the least impact on participants’ total time. This study was performed using data collected from all race finishers participating in the Kona, Hawaii IRONMAN World Championship from 2015 to 2019. Times from each leg of the race and total times were compared using linear regression for Bike Time vs. Total Time, Run Time vs. Total Time, and Swim Time vs. Total Time for each year. R-squared values determined the strength of correlation between each variable. After review, swim times showed the weakest relationship with total time. Bike and run times display the strongest relationships.

Keywords: Ironman, Bike, Run, Swim

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Asynchronous Virtual Poster

Session: 10-3
Location: https://flipgrid.com/21dd1d00
Time: 0:00

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