Paseando a MR Raña
25NOV12 IRONMAN, COZUMEL DEJA EN ALTO EL NOMBRE DE MÉXICO
Iván Raña gana con autoridad y consiguiendo casi 8 minutos de ventaja sobre el segundo clasificado. Sus parciales le colocan entre los favoritos para Hawaii 2013 nataciòn 50:27 bicicleta 4:37:16 martòn 2:44:05 total 8:15:07
Talking of how his year has been, Raña had this to say to Ironman.com yesterday: "I had a busy year as I started in Olympic distance at the as I wanted to do London, I didn't make it, so I wanted to start in long distance races and I wanted to do Ironman New York City this summer, but a bike crash would let me do it. So, I did Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote and planned on Cozumel since I couldn't do New York. I just spent a month in Kona training in the heat and wind, so it will be good training for this race."
One of the most interesting comments coming from Raña was: “If I have to end my career, I want to end it in Kona."
Top 30 men at the bike start
1 MARSH BRANDON 0:51:59
2 CASTILLO LATORRE ANDRES F 0:52:08
3 BOCKEL DIRK 0:52:22
4 DIEDEREN BAS 0:52:25
5 VAN DER MEER EDO 0:52:26
6 CARTER BRETT 0:52:28
7 MCKENZIE LUKE 0:52:38
8 RAÑA IVAN 0:52:50
9 REICHEL HORST 0:53:52
10 ZYEMTSEV VIKTOR 0:53:59
11 JAMMAER BERT 0:54:00
12 BLOKHIN ANTON 0:54:08
13 CAVANHA MAURO 0:54:22
14 VINHAL THIAGO 0:54:33
15 CUNNAMA JAMES 0:54:37
16 LYATSKIY ANDREY 0:54:38
17 JOHNSEN JIMMY 0:54:44
18 LOVATO MICHAEL 0:54:50
19 ROTA SYLVAIN 0:54:58
20 ALEXANDER GRIGORYEV 0:55:02
21 HÖFER FRANZ 0:55:03
22 TEJERO IVAN 0:55:03
1st lap bike
1 BOCKEL DIRK 2:12:41
2 MCKENZIE LUKE 2:15:12
3 REICHEL HORST 2:15:15
4 VAN DER MEER EDO 2:15:18
5 MARSH BRANDON 2:16:07
6 CASTILLO LATORRE ANDRES F 2:16:09
7 DIEDEREN BAS 2:16:10
8 CUNNAMA JAMES 2:16:11
9 JAMMAER BERT 2:16:12
10 ZYEMTSEV VIKTOR 2:16:14
11 BLOKHIN ANTON 2:16:16
12 RAÑA IVAN 2:16:18
Men through the bike second lap:
1 BOCKEL DIRK 3:44:04
2 MCKENZIE LUKE 3:49:18
3 REICHEL HORST 3:49:21
4 MARSH BRANDON 3:51:00
5 JAMMAER BERT 3:51:05
6 ZYEMTSEV VIKTOR 3:51:06
7 ROTA SYLVAIN 3:51:06
8 CUNNAMA JAMES 3:51:07
9 RAÑA IVAN 3:51:09
Bike Finish - Men
1 BOCKEL DIRK 5:21:01
2 MCKENZIE LUKE 5:27:50
3 REICHEL HORST 5:27:53
4 MARSH BRANDON 5:29:54
5 CASTILLO LATORRE ANDRES F 5:30:01
6 ROTA SYLVAIN 5:30:01
7 LOVATO MICHAEL 5:30:02
8 CUNNAMA JAMES 5:30:03
9 JAMMAER BERT 5:30:04
10 DIEDEREN BAS 5:30:04
11 RAÑA IVAN 5:30:06
12 BLOKHIN ANTON 5:30:07
13 VAN DER MEER EDO 5:30:36
14 ZYEMTSEV VIKTOR 5:30:41
Men's Run Start
1 BOCKEL DIRK 5:21:57
2 MCKENZIE LUKE 5:28:59
3 REICHEL HORST 5:29:29
4 CUNNAMA JAMES 5:30:58
5 DIEDEREN BAS 5:30:58
6 RAÑA IVAN 5:31:02
7 CASTILLO LATORRE ANDRES F 5:31:07
8 MARSH BRANDON 5:31:10
9 ROTA SYLVAIN 5:31:13
10 BLOKHIN ANTON 5:31:19
Men at 7 km
1 BOCKEL DIRK 5:51:18
2 CUNNAMA JAMES 5:56:59
3 RAÑA IVAN 5:57:11
4 DIEDEREN BAS 5:57:13
5 MCKENZIE LUKE 5:57:18
6 REICHEL HORST 5:57:20
7 JAMMAER BERT 5:58:22
8 BLOKHIN ANTON 5:58:37
9 MARSH BRANDON 5:59:18
10 CASTILLO LATORRE ANDRES F 5:59:55
Men at 14km's
1 RAÑA IVAN 6:50:20
2 CUNNAMA JAMES 6:52:17
3 DIEDEREN BAS 6:52:34
4 JAMMAER BERT 6:54:45
5 BLOKHIN ANTON 6:55:33
6 MARSH BRANDON 6:57:21
7 MCKENZIE LUKE 6:58:26
8 JOHNSEN JIMMY 7:00:15
9 CASTILLO LATORRE ANDRES F 7:00:52
10 LOVATO MICHAEL 7:01:35
With 7 kms to go, the men' running order was:
1 RAÑA IVAN 7:45:35
2 DIEDEREN BAS 7:52:10
3 JAMMAER BERT 7:54:20
4 BLOKHIN ANTON 7:56:14
5 MARSH BRANDON 7:57:52
6 JOHNSEN JIMMY 7:59:06
Top pro Men
1 RAÑA IVAN - 8:15:07
2 DIEDEREN BAS - 8:22:55
3 JAMMAER BERT - 8:24:51
4 BLOKHIN ANTON - 8:26:38
5 JOHNSEN JIMMY - 8:29:09
6 MARSH BRANDON - 8:30:17
7. Michael Lovato (USA) 8:37:14
8. James Cunnama (RSA) 8:37:46
9. Stefan Schmid (GER) 8:41:09
10. Andres Latorre Castillo (COL) 8:42:06
Top ten pro Women
1 ELLIS MARY BETH 9:15:38
2 DE GROOTE SOPHIE 9:15:45
3 TAJSICH SONJA 9:21:30
4 VESTERBY MICHELLE 9:23:49
5 CALKINS KATHLEEN 9:25:58
6 SESSNER HEIDI 9:31:00
7 HUFE MAREEN 9:32:19
8 WALSH BETH 9:39:25
9 LYLES ELIZABETH 9:40:36
10 ARENDT JACKIE 9:44:05
2012 Ironman Cozumel results: Ivan Rana of Spain runs his way to victory
As the pro athletes waited for the starting gun to signal the start of Ironman Cozumel on Sunday November 25, 2012, it was anybody's guess who would win the race. The race featured a very strong and deep field of pro men and women and many of them were capable of taking the top spot on the podium if all went well on race-day. The race began under partly cloudy skies and a temperature of 69F and the clouds eventually burned off and temperatures were over 80F by the middle of the race.
Often in Cozumel it comes down to who can handle the heat and the wind the best. For the pro men it was Brandon Marsh leading the way out of the 2.4-mile swim with a finish time of 50:08, but he had plenty of company. There were eight other male pros who came out of the water within 20 seconds of him and the race was on.At the end of the first of the three-loop 112-bike course it was Dirk Bockel in front, but there were at least two dozen others within striking distance. It shaped up early on that nobody would be breaking away on the bike course and it would all come down to the marathon.
Tenille Hoogland, Michelle Vesterby, and Mary Beth Ellis had a seven minute jump on the rest of the pro women's field as they left the swim/bike transition area. Both Ellis and Vesterby placed highly in the 2012 Ironman World Championships.Ultimately it was pro Ivan Rana of Spain who saved the best for last and shocked the field with a marathon time of 2:44:05 that nobody could come close to matching.
For the women it was Mary Beth Ellis who took top honors, but she was put to the test by Sophie DeGroot who came charging but had to settle for second place just seven seconds back of Ellis.Sonja Tajsich ran the fastest marathon of the day for the women and took the final spot on the podium.
The pros were after the 2000 Kona Ranking Points that were up for grabs as they begin their journey toward qualifying for the Ironman Triathlon World Championships in Kona, Hawaii that will take place on October 12, 2013.
There was also the incentive of winning part of the $75,000 in prize money. http://www.examiner.com/article/2012-ironman-cozumel-results-ivan-rana-of-spain-runs-his-way-to-victory
Raña, Ellis take Ironman Cozumel new
Written by: Herbert Krabel Date: Sun Nov 25 2012
Former ITU Pro Ivan Rana stormed to the title at the 2012 Ironman Cozumel as other favorites started to fade. Mary Beth Ellis grabbed the women's title with a balanced effort all day but in the end by a narrow margin.
Brandon Marsh was first out if the water in the men's race in 50:08, but he had 8 other Pros right on his heels, and Dirk Bockel, Luke McKenzie and Ivan Rana were among that leading bunch.
Bockel and McKenzie took charge of the race on the bike with Horst Reichel running in third place for a good part of the day. Bockel eventually pulled away from McKenzie and recorded the fastest bike split in 4:28:39. When the tall Luxembourger reached the second transition he had an almost 7 minute advantage over McKenzie and about 9 minutes on a bunch that included Marsh, Rana, Michael Lovato, James Cunnama and Bert Jammaer.
Neither Bockel nor McKenzie looked good on the run and soon Cunnama and Rana were running up front with the Spaniard pulling away from the South African with swift strides. Rana who had taken the win at 70.3 Lanzarote two weeks prior was apparently hungry for more and now used a race best 2:44:05 marathon to take his first Ironman title. Bas Diederen finished second and Bart Jammaer rounded out the podium.
Tenille Hoogland led Michelle Vesterby and Mary Beth Ellis out of the water in 54:27, with the other two Pros just a few seconds behind, but the rest of the Pro females needed well over an hour for the 2.4 mile swim.
Vesterby managed to distance Ellis and Hoogland with her 5:02:47 bike effort and that brought her to the bike run transition with a 3-minute advantage over Ellis. A bit further back Sophie De Groote had the fastest bike split in 4:57:01 and that allowed the Belgian to to be in contention for the title.
Vesterby was reeled in by Ellis on the run after 6 miles, but Ellis was slowly feeling the heat from behind as De Groote was inching closer. In the end Ellis had 7 seconds left, but a win is a win and no one cares later by how much. De Groote finished second and Sonja Tajsich ran to the third place with a fast 3:02:40 marathon.
Spanish ITU star Raña wins his Ironman debut, as Ellis holds off charging DeGroote for the win
Posted on November 26, 2012 by Jay Prasuhn
For most of the day Sunday, it looked as though the fourth-annual Ironman Cozumel was—despite Kona-sore legs—going to be chalked up as another win for American Mary Beth Ellis. With two minutes in the bank with three miles to go, it was as good as done for the TeamTBB ace who finished fifth this October in Kona.
But halfway up the 40-yard stretch of blue carpet leading to finish banner, a woman rounded the corner in the background. Ellis crossed to take the win at Ironman Cozumel in 9:15:38—and just seven seconds later, Belgian Sophie DeGroote crossed. Ellis, collapsed on the finish carpet and wheeled her head around, relieved. Her Ironman victory record outside Kona (Ironman Austria, Regensberg, Canada and Texas) remains unblemished for yet another race at five.
“I knew she was coming,” Ellis said. “I was just trying to get to that finish line first.”
In the men’s race, it was former ITU World Champion Ivan Raña of Spain who showed up a collection of veterans in winning his first Ironman on debut, taking the win in Mexico—10 years on from his ITU World title in Cancun— in 8:15:07.
Athletes queuing for the Ironman Cozumel swim start were sent off with a dolphin show before dropping into the Caribbean Sea.
After a few days of cool temps, athletes contended with exhaustive long-shore currents that taxed athletes in the Caribbean swim, and stiff winds during the bike.
But with variable clouds dotting the skies, air temps early on during the three-lap bike were considerably cooler than normal. With less sun beating down, several athletes opened the throttle a bit wider than normal in the men’s race, namely Dirk Bockel, who soloed away from the main contenders, amassing over four minutes of buffer. Germany’s Horst Reichel and American defending champ Michael Lovato each made efforts late in the bike as well, and Australian Luke McKenzie was the perennial leader of a group that included American Brandon Marsh, Bert Jammaer (BEL), Anton Blohkin (UKR), James Cuunama (RSA) and Jimmy Johnsen (DEN).
Luxembourg's Dirk Bockel laid his cards down early powering to a big bike lead—but paid for the effort on the run.
Interestingly, it was the Ironman rookie— Raña —who handled the day like a veteran, and abided by the old adage: bike for show, run for dough. Happy to mix among the lead group of riders, he resisted the urge to flex his short-course power.
“I have a lot of friends that do Ironman and they told me, ‘be patient; you’ll have good feelings on the bike, but just be patient.’ So when Dirk and some of those guys went, I was just waiting.”
Sure enough, as the run began, names like defending race champ Lovato, McKenzie. Cuunama, too, was slowing considerably on the run. And Raña was looking like he was out for an easy 10k run. But he wasn’t showing the pain he was in. After all, this is his first run at distance in a race outside his victory a few weeks ago—again on debut—at 70.3 Lanzarote.
“I didn’t push hard in the last 20k of the bike, just saving my legs for the run. And the first two laps of the run felt really easy,” Raña said. “I thought I can fight for the win, but the last lap, I felt really bad.”
By the finish, he was happy to shut it down, celebrate with the fans as he went down the finish chute, and plot his next target: Kona.
“I want to go to Kona for sure next year,” Raña said. “I’ll probably do more 70.3s to start with, and maybe Ironman Frankfurt. And I’ll keep racing ITU, but I do want to go to Kona.”
Former ITU World Champion Ivan Rana ripped open the race on the run. And for Raña, the win in Cozumel is doubly special; exactly a decade ago, Rana won the ITU World Championships, just a ferry boat ride away in Cancun. “It’s a nice, nice feeling for me.”
While the big names faded, Bas Diederen of Holland and Belgian Bert Jammaer assembled steady runs to claim the final two podium spots.
The women’s race saw Ellis exit the water first, but a slow transition put Dane Michelle Vesteby out front setting tempo. Vesteby would extend to a lead of nearly four minutes to Ellis, while Ellis was able to gap Canadian newcomer Tenille Hoogland by a minute by the time the bike was done. Former race champ Yvonne Van Vlerken of the Netherlands was contending with stomach issues and summarily pulled out on the run.
Michelle Vesteby did her best to build a buffer from Ellis during the windy bike. On the run, Vesteby’s lead would be short lived; by mile seven of the run, the lead was ceded to Ellis, whose lead of over four minutes would slowly be whittled by DeGroote…. right down to just seven seconds at the finish line.
“At 35k I was behind at two minutes, but then my coach said I was getting closer… 1:40, 1:20, one minute, and I thought ‘hmm—maybe it’s possible,’” DeGroote said. “I gave everything and my coach said “sprint!” But I was sprinting for like five kilometers! I was giving all I had. I’m disappointed, but I come away knowing I can win one day.”
Germany’s Sonja Tajsich overhauled a suffering Vesterby to take third, as Vesterby gamely held on to take fourth.
The fast and furious Iván Raña
Written by: Herbert Krabel.Date: Wed Dec 05 2012
After many years on the ITU circuit and a season as a professional road cyclist Iván Raña has stormed to wins at Ironman Cozumel and 70.3 Lanzarote. He is part of another wave of ITU athletes to land on the long course shore. Simon Whitfield, Ruedi Wild and Bevan Docherty are some of the other male Pros who have let those intentions be known. But now to our conversation with the fast and furious Iván Raña.
ST: Thank you for the chat.
Ivan: It's a pleasure for me talking to slowtwitch
ST: Did you get a nice welcome when you returned to Spain?
Ivan: Yes! I had some friends waiting for me to have a dinner together, all of them long distance triathletes, but I also have some friends from the Olympic distance who called me.
ST: How popular is triathlon in Spain?
Ivan: When I started with triathlon in 94, I remember did some race with just 50 starters. Now everything is changing. I did good Olympic distance races and Javier Gomez is on the top at this time. Eneko Llanos, Clemente Alonso, Alex Santamaria and Marcel Zamora have some podiums in Ironman and we have young people training hard and the future will be nice for the Spanish triathlon. All of this helps to make a more popular sport in Spain. And now we have more races and more news in the media.
ST: What about Ironman?
Ivan: Ironman is getting better. The people started to understand what it is and lost the fear to do it. Lot of triathletes are traveling around the world to race in Ironman, and we have one in Spain. Lanzarote is a great race - I think one of the hardest Ironman events.
ST: What were your expectations going into Cozumel?
Ivan: I had a great respect for the distance and for the rest of competitors. My first intention was to finish the race even if I have to walk, but I knew I was in a good moment and I thought if I'm going in the front I'm not going to stop. What happened during the swim and on the bike wasn’t too different from what I expected it going to be. The swim is hard in Cozumel, last weekend the ocean was rough, not good for swim fast. Then on the bike it was windy and the tarmac is not the best. The run course is flat, and you can think would be a fast race, but the humidity and the heat were high, so probably it is not the best race to do an amazing time. But I like this conditions, because must be similar in Kona. On the run, the last kilometers were crazy! What a pain! The legs hurt a lot.
ST: When Bockel and McKenzie pulled away on the bike, what was going through your mind?
Ivan: I thought 8 hours isn't the time to go full gas, but also they were too fast to go with them. I know something about the other athletes, and these two guys are so good on the bike.
ST: Both Bockel and McKenzie ended up struggling on the run, but with Cunnama you had another dangerous runner near you.
Ivan: Cunnama and I were running together for 15 kilometers and in the beginning of the run I didn't want to show all of my cards. I didn't really know how fast he could be run. I had some reference about Bockel and McKenzie at the turnaround point. I knew they were running slower than Cunnama and I. I wanted to save my energy and go hard after 20km. My friend Alex Santamaria, a good runner in Ironman distances, told to me "wait, wait, be patient" and I did it. I felt good at 30km, and I started to be confident.
ST: It sounds like your experience has served you well.
Ivan: I did about 115 ITU races, and a lot of triathlons near home. I usually compete in bike races too and raced as a Pro on the road in 2009. I did running races too, and I was swimmer when I was a kid, so I have a great experience in the sport. Ironman is different, but I did some changes during my career - which can help me to have a better adaptation to the long distance. But I need to get more experience in Ironman.
ST: Talk about you racing professionally on the road.
Ivan: I did it for just one year, but it was amazing! After that I came back to triathlon and spent 2 years to get my running legs back. My team was Xacabeo Galicia - the politicians and government wanted a team in my region, Galicia.
ST: Why only one year?
Ivan: I would have liked to do another year. In cycling the experience is very important and at the end of my year I started to feel confident in the big group. You need the technique and skills to go fast and be relaxed. The problem was that the main director Pino said that I did not have the level to stay there. I was absolutely disappointed. The other 2 sport directors in the team wanted me racing another year. They thought I improved my performance fast, and I was moving well in the group during races. After this I had some other offers, but they weren't interesting. I was thinking a lot about triathlon and cycling and at the end I decided on tri, because I don't want to have a "boss" and want to feel free.
ST: How well do you actually know the competitors in long course racing?
Ivan: I read about long distance triathlons and I know they are so fast on the bike. When I watch the races I can see a professional sport. Everybody wants to have the best material and the best coaches, just to improve their sport level. But now I have more friends who I didn't really know then. That is one of the best things when you change the distance, new faces, and new things. Good motivation.
ST: Talk to us about Cesar Varela.
Ivan: At the age of 15 I moved to Santiago de Compostela with my coach Cesar Varela. He offered that I could live with him to train hard. In my hometown there weren't pools and tracks, and I needed better conditions to improve my performance. Cesar also bought me a new bike, new clothes and the paid for the travels around Spain. After I started to be pro I return that help. For me he is a very important person in my life.
ST: Do you still speak much with him?
Ivan: Yes. I handle things myself and organize my seasons now, but sometimes I need help and then I ask him. He really likes the sport and you can feel that when you talk to him.
ST: Who was first to congratulate you in Cozumel?
Ivan: My friend Alex Santamaria was very happy. I was training so hard some years, and a lot of people call us crazy. Now I can say if you want to win, prepare yourself for training as hard as you can.
ST: You won both longer distance events you entered this fall, so what is next?
Ivan: I am just thinking about my qualification for Kona and working in the races to do it. I think I will star competing again in Mach, but I need a couple of weeks for planning everything.
ST: Your sponsors surely must be happy.
Ivan: Yes and I want to say thanks to all of them. Spiuk, Hed, Massi, Arcade Inforhouse, Northwave, Speedplay, Powerbar, Powertap Spain and Nineteen. They helped me even in the bad moments.
ST: Is there anything else we should know?
Ivan: I was born in a small town in Galicia, North Spain called Ordes. I have two brothers and 2 sisters and all of them practice some sports and my parents like to run too. My brothers usually were racing in rally cars races. I also did 3 rallies - I was the driver and my old brother the co-driver. My younger brother competed in mountain bike and road races. My older sister is triathlete and my younger sister likes running and gym.
ST: Do you still like to drive fast and what kind of car do you have?
Ivan: I have a Mitsubishi Evo X. I also have a Lancia Deltona Integrale (classic car) and a Sierra Cosworth. The Sierra is just for fun. When I have time I go to some track and have fun drifting. I like to drive fast, but never on an open road and I know very well that I am a triathlete and not a pro driver.