By Raymond Britt
United States Senator Kyrsten Simeno of Arizona finished the 2019 edition of Ironman New Zealand in a total time of 12 hours, 59 minutes and 57 seconds. This was her third Ironman finish, and the sub-13 finish time is a new personal best.
The 35th anniversary Ironman New Zealand, held in Taupo NZ, consists of a 2.4 mile swim in Lake Taupo, a 112 mile bike ride and a 26.6 mile run. Her splits and rank in the race after each discipline were:
- Swim 1:28:14, she was in 1,075th place out of nearly 1500 entrants
- Bike 6:50:42, she was able to pass 122 cyclists on the bike, ranked 953rd at end
- Run 4:27:08, running a solid marathon, she passed 223 to finish the race ranked 730th overall
Simeno competed in the women's 40-44 age group, finishing 27th among these athletes. It was a solid performance -- the average finish time for women aged 40-44 is roughly than 13 hours and 30 minutes.
(photo provided to media by Kyrsten Simena)