We're updating the analysis for the 2010-2011 season, and will be featuring qualifying times by race here, as results become available. We're also comparing qualifying times by race and age group, year-over-year.
The results are not surprising. Each year it seems the challenge to qualify for Kona becomes more difficult. Two reasons: more competition and fewer slots per race in many cases.
We've compared Kona qualifying times for many of the major Ironman races -- France, Florida, St. George, Western Australia, New Zealand and Wisconsin, Cozumel -- by age group. Harder? Yes, in most cases. But look closely: Cozumel's race was dramatically faster overall in 2010, as were the qualifying times, and sometimes the last slot rolls far deeper than you might expect. Note the M30-34 time at Ironman Austria in 2010, for example.