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Ultraman 2011: Day 1, 10 km swim + 90 mile bike (145 km)

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Published on Nov 25, 2011

First day of racing is done for Jonas Colting and the other Ultraman athletes. Jonas is in a solid lead with over 20 minutes to Mike Coughlin. Total time today for Jonas was 7:15:50.

- I had a great day even though I feel dead tired right now! Regardless of how good of a day you here this first stage is going to beat you up.

Weather on the west side of Big Island was warm but turning at south point clouds started to appear.

- The toughest part of the day is without a doubt the last 25 miles with a steady climb to the finish. The wind turned in the last five miles and I thought it would never end! I´m happy to be in the lead but there´s still a lot of racing to be done. I go in to day two very humble and un-assuming and will take the day as it comes, Jonas says.

Jonas Colting has won Ultraman World Championships twice, 2004 and 2007. In 2010 Jonas came second despite illness and rasperotory problems. Jonas Colting holds the existing swim record from 2004: 2:14:43 and has the second best total time overall: 21:41:49.

Read more:
Jonas Coltings blog: http://www.coltingblogg.se
Jonas Coltings live twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/jonascolting

Facts about Ultraman

Ultraman World Championships is a 3-day, 320 mile (515 kilometer) individual ultra-endurance event which takes place on the Big Island of Hawaii. Entry is limited to 40 participants and is by invitation only. Founded in 1983, the event is held annually on the traditional Thanksgiving weekend.

Stage I
6.2 mile (10 km) of open water swim followed by a 90 mile (145 km) cross-country bike ride from Keauhou Bay around the sourthern tip of the island to finish at Namakani Paio Park in the Volcanoes National Park. Vertical climbs total 7600 feet (2316 meters).

Stage II
171.4 mile (276 km) bike ride from Volcanoes National Park to Keaau, and then turning east with a counter-clockwise loop through Kalapana, Kapoho and Pahoa an through the city of Hilo. The Route continues north along the Hamakua Coast to Waimea and over the Kohala Mountains to finish at the Kohala Village in on Hawi Road in Hawi.

Stage III
52.4 mile (84 km) double-marathon run from Hawi to Kawaihae and then on to Kailua-Kona. Finishing on the beach at the Old Airport State Park.

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